Pumas unchanged for All Blacks

 Sep 26,2012
Written by: Editor

Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has kept the faith in his side that narrowly lost to Australia for Saturday's Rugby Championship rematch with New Zealand in La Plata.

The South Americans were 13 points ahead of the Wallabies before conceding two tries in the final quarter, eventually losing 23-19 on the Gold Coast two weeks ago.

The only changes made to the matchday 22 are on the bench as Phelan replaces prop Juan Pablo Orlandi with Marcos Ayerza and loose forward Tomas Vallejos for Leonardo Senatore.

Argentina are yet to taste victory in their first season in the revamped championship, having lost their three matches on the road but secured a 16-16 draw at home to South Africa last month.

A win for the Pumas will be their first against New Zealand, and prevent the world champions from clinching the Rugby Championship trophy with a match to spare.

New Zealand, who have won their four games so far, need one more victory to be sure of the title before their final match against South Africa in Johannesburg on October 6.

"Our objective is to improve match by match. In defence the players are full of confidence, we're getting better and as a consequence the results will follow," said Phelan.

"To play this tournament implies effort rather than pressure. I single out the valour, commitment, heart and passion of the team.

"Saturday's goal will be to avoid the drain of the final minutes."

15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Juan Martin Hernandez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (c), 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.
Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Marcos Ayerza, 18 Tomas Vallejos, 19 Tomas Leonardi, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Martin Rodriguez, 22 Juan Imhoff



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