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Everything you need to know ahead of the All Blacks clash against Argentina at Gold Coast’s Robina Stadium on Sunday, September 12, kick off at 7:05 p.m.:
The Argentine Pumas have spent two weeks in quarantine reflecting on recent losses to South Africa and focusing on discipline ahead of Sunday’s rugby championship test against the All Blacks.
The Pumas lost to the Springboks 32-12 and 29-10 in rugby championship testing in South Africa before flying to Australia where they had to isolate themselves for 14 days before continuing the tournament.
Sunday’s game will be the first of a doubles program at the Gold Coast in Queensland, with the Wallabies hosting World Cup champions South Africa in the second game.
30 of the 61 points Argentina conceded against South Africa came from penalties – five in each game – and captain Julian Montoya believes better discipline will be vital against the All Blacks, who are well equipped to punish breaches.
“We were locked up for two weeks preparing for the game and being very self-critical,” said Montoya. “We are always thinking about what we can improve and how we can be better.
“New Zealand, South Africa and Australia are pushing you to the limit and that’s great. But indiscipline is about 100% focus. We have to adjust what was the biggest deficit of the last two games and it’s hard to compete with so much indiscipline. “
Pumas focus heavily on the fundamentals – solid set pieces, stiff defense, good exits and precise tactical kicks. Through these means, they seek to control the pace of play, a key factor against the All Blacks who will always try to increase the tempo and play smoothly, with minimal stopping.
The Pumas enter Sunday’s game without a win in this year’s rugby championship, facing an All Blacks side atop the table after back-to-back wins over Australia.
New Zealand beat Australia 57-22 and 38-21 in the last two tests of the Bledisloe Cup series, which were also rugby championship matches. They have scored 14 tries in those games, aided greatly by an Australian team who have too often given up possession through improper turnovers, kicks or passes and poor discipline.
With steady possession and aided by the weak Australian defense, the All Blacks were able to control the pace and style of these games.
Head coach Ian Foster has made six changes to his roster for Sunday’s game, compared to the one that beat Australia last weekend. But these changes don’t particularly weaken the All Blacks – Foster was able to replace wingers Rieko Ioane and Will Jordan with Sevu Reece and George Bridge, without losing pace or power in the last three.
Juggling such depth of talent can be a headache for some coaches, but Foster says “it’s a good puzzle”.
“We looked at it holistically,” he said. “Sevu was one of our full backs, he played well in [July] and the beginning [Bledisloe Cup tests]. We let him rest last week and he will be good to go. We are also seeing signs that George is back in the form we know it to be, so it is important that he has the opportunity to claim his ownership. “
All Blacks: Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Anton Lienert-Brown, David Havili, George Bridge, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Luke Jacobson, Dalton Papalii, Akira Ioane, Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick (c), Nepo Laulala, Asafo Aumua, Karl Tu ‘ inukuafe.
Reserves: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Joe Moody, Tyrel Lomax, Tupou Vaa’i, Ethan Blackadder, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Rieko Ioane.
Argentina: Juan Cruz Mallia, Bautista Delguy, Matias Moroni, Jeronimo De La Fuente, Santiago Cordero, Nicolas Sanchez, Gonzalo Bertranou, Rodrigo Bruni, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera, Matias Alemanno, Guido Petti, Santiago Medrano, Julian Montoya (c), Facundo Gigena .
Reserves: Facundo Bosch, Carlos Muzzo, Enrique Pieretto, Tomas Lavanini, Juan Martin Gonzalez Samso, Gonzalo Garcia, Santiago Chocobares, Emiliano Boffelli.
Last five tests
2018: All Blacks 46, Argentina 24, Nelson
2018: Argentina 17, All Blacks 35, Buenos Aires
2019: Argentina 16, All Blacks 20, Buenos Aires
2020: All Blacks 15, Argentina 25, Sydney
2020: All Blacks 38, Argentina 0, Sydney
All Blacks: $ 1.05
Argentina: $ 10
Starting points: -23.5 All Blacks
Clear, sunny and warm weather is forecast for the Gold Coast on Sunday evening with zero risk of rain.
How to seize the action
The Herald will provide live updates. You can follow live commentary of the match on Newstalk ZB, Gold AM and iHeartRadio.
The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sport 1, with coverage starting at 5:15 pm. If you want to watch the match online, you can stream the match live through Sky Sport Now.