Australia took the unique opportunity a fortnight ago not only to beat the Pumas, but also to get on pole position to win the Tri Nations.
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They were leading 15-6 with 19 minutes to go, but poor discipline gave Argentina a lifeline, which Nicolas Sanchez, half of the fly, grabbed with both hands and scored three straight penalties to pull the game.
It took a decisive victory from the Wallabies and they now have to beat Argentina by a massive 101 points in Sydney on Saturday to replace New Zealand at the top of the table and win the trophy.
Argentina is in a mess this week. Captain Pablo Matera, Guido Petti from the second row and the substitute whore Santiago Socino were initially suspended because of “discriminatory and xenophobic” tweets and then reinstated. However, all three will miss Saturday’s game.
“We want both sides of our game to click tomorrow. We played patches in different games throughout the year, ”said Hooper, whose side was strengthened with the return of James O’Connor, half of the fly, from an injury.
« We want to keep these guys – Sanchez, a great player – to a minimum and we have to be disciplined to do that. ”
Sanchez was Argentina’s standout player during the roller coaster ride that included the coronavirus quarantine, the Pumas’ first win over the All Blacks, and the Racism franchise.
The fly half was instrumental in their first-ever win over the All Blacks and the draw against Australia, scoring all 40 points so far.
“We have to play in intelligent areas of the field. Sanchez is wearing a great shoe and he harmed us in this last game, ”said Hooper. “We gave them three pointers far too easily in the rear area.
« We have to use smart offensive kicks, be smart about breakdown decision making . . . and we also want to improve our standard situations so that this becomes a fair fight. « . ”
The racist tweet scandal influenced the preparations in Argentina. Coach Mario Ledesma admitted that his players were « really, really affected ». .
But Hooper said he expected Argentina to bring his usual passion with him. “Some changes in terms of their players. But they have a really good squad, ”he said.
« They are clearly training well against each other during the week. And they will definitely be ready, they are a passionate group of people. ”
With hot, humid conditions and a possible thunderstorm forecast for the game, Hooper added that « the team navigating this will do well in the park ». .
Wallabies (1-15): Scott Sio, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Matt Philip, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (C), Harry Wilson, Nic White, James O’Connor, Marika Koroibete, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, Tom Wright, Reece Hodge
Reserves: Folau Fainga, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Rob Valetini, Jake Gordon, Irae Simone and Tom Banks
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