Ten facts: Pumas v Wallabies

Date published: October 4 2014

Ahead of the final weekend of action, we bring you ten interesting facts and stats as the Pumas take on the Wallabies in Mendoza.

Ahead of the final weekend of Rugby Championship action, we bring you ten interesting facts and stats as the Pumas take on the Wallabies in Mendoza.

Argentina are chasing their first win since joining the Rugby Championship and probably haven’t had a better chance of victory than on Saturday against a wounded and weary Wallabies squad.

Here are ten facts courtesy of Opta Sports to keep in mind ahead of this weekend’s clash:

Argentina v Australia

*Argentina have lost each of their last nine Tests against the Wallabies, though four of the five Rugby Championship clashes between the sides have seen the Pumas pick up a losing bonus point.

*Michael Hooper scored two tries against the Pumas in their recent meeting on the Gold Coast. The Wallabies captain has seven tries in his last 11 Tests after failing to score in his first 25 appearances for his country.

*Despite making 33 fewer carries and having just 42% of possession in the first clash between the nations this season, the Pumas still managed eight clean breaks to the hosts’ nine.

*Argentina have played two Tests at this venue, losing 17-22 to South Africa last year and also playing out a 16-16 draw against the same opposition a year before, their only non-defeat in this tournament.

*Israel Folau has four tries in three appearances against Argentina, only David Campese (9) and Chris Latham (5) have scored more for the Wallabies against the South American side.

*Argentina have failed to score a try in four of 17 Rugby Championship Tests, but never against Australia.

* However, the Wallabies have scored at least one try in 21 of 22 meetings with Argentina, including 14 in five meetings in this tournament.

*Australia have the lowest lineout (79%) and scrum (76%) success rates in the tournament thus far.

*Argentina have won nine penalties or free-kicks from opposition scrums in this tournament, more than twice as many as any other nation.

*Argentina have conceded only one more point (140) than Australia (139) in the tournament so far.

Played: 22
Argentina wins: 4
Australia wins: 17
Drawn: 1
Most points: Australia 54-17 (Rosario, 2013)
Biggest win: Australia 53-6 (Brisbane, 2000)

Recent results:

2014: Australia won 32-25 on Gold Coast
2013: Australia won 54-17 in Rosario
2013: Australia won 14-13 in Perth
2012: Australia won 25-19 in Rosario
2012: Australia won 23-19 on Gold Coast
2003: Australia won 24-8 in Sydney
2002: Australia won 17-6 in Buenos Aires
2000: Australia won 32-25 in Canberra
2000: Australia won 53-6 in Brisbane

The teams:

Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Horacio Agulla, 12 Juan Martin Hernandez, 11 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Benjamin Macome, 6 Rodrigo Baez, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Mariano Galarza, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy (c), 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Matias Cortese, 17 Bruno Postiglioni, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Tom