Preview: Italy v Argentina

Date published: November 27 2014

It almost didn’t happen, but a day earlier than originally scheduled due to inclement weather, Italy will take on Argentina in Genoa on Friday.

It almost did not go ahead, but a day earlier than originally planned due to inclement weather, Italy will take on Argentina in Genoa on Friday.

Torrential rain is expected to hit the region this Saturday and with the death toll from the latest wave of storms to batter northern Italy having risen to five on Thursday as floods and landslides continued to wreak havoc across the region, the decision to move the fixture has to be a wise one.

Genoa suffered particularly badly during heavy floods last month when millions of euros’ worth of damages were caused and people were forced from their homes. The floods also affected the pitch at Luigi Ferraris Stadium, which is usually shared by Serie A sides Genoa and Sampdoria.

Therefore it was touch and go whether the game would go ahead, with organisers deciding that moving it forward a day was the answer.

Looking ahead to the action, Italy have not beaten Argentina in their last four meetings – their last win coming in 2008 – so the Pumas rightly enter as favourites. However, with recent losses and a weakened pack, the Azzurri may well fancy their chances against the visitors.

Argentina, it appears, are holding back this November. Whether the Rugby Championship has taken its toll with injuries or tiredness remains to be seen but without key men up front they have now also rotated their backline as Marcelo Bosch and Juan Imhoff drop out.