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Rugby Championship: Wallabies seeking redemption against Pumas

After a baptism of fire for Eddie Jones in his first game back as Australia head coach against South Africa, the canny tactician has switched his focus to Saturday’s clash with Argentina.

The Pumas endured similar hardships of their own in the opening round of the Rugby Championship and both nations will be desperate for the win at CommBank Stadium this weekend.

WhatAustralia v Argentina
WhereCommBank Stadium, Parramatta
When19:45 (AEST), Saturday 15th July 2023
How to watchStan Sport & Channel 9
OddsAustralia 1.30, Argentina 3.60

Scale of the challenge ahead made clear to Jones

The 43-12 defeat at the hands of the Springboks last week in Pretoria last weekend will have made it clear to Jones, if he even needed it, the scale of the challenge ahead of him with the Wallabies.

Obviously, it’s a World Cup year and Jones has limited time to get the Wallabies in a place where they could cause an upset at the major tournament in France.

It was always going to be a big ask to come away from Loftus Versfeld with the victory but it was the manner of the defeat to a much-changed Boks side that will have been most troubling to Jones and his coaching team.

Jones put it down to a “bad day at the office” and that will only be seen as the case if Australia put on a performance against Argentina on Saturday.

The Wallabies, who look set to be without experienced flanker Michael Hooper due to injury, are the 1.30 favourites to come out on top this weekend.

However, it certainly won’t be easy against a Pumas side that are capable of beating any side on their day.

Cheika eyeing upset in Sydney

Former Wallabies boss Michael Cheika will be back in Australia looking to cause an upset against his former side.

Cheika’s Pumas suffered a similar first weekend of the Rugby Championship as they went down 41-12 in Mendoza at the hands of New Zealand.

Again, it was going to be a big ask to spring another surprise on the All Blacks after beating the Kiwis in New Zealand last year.

The All Blacks headed to Argentina without any sign of complacency and put in an accomplished performance ahead of their clash with South Africa on Saturday.

New Zealand are 1.33 to win and 3.40 to lose against the Boks in Auckland. 

Cheika has tasted victory over the Wallabies before, with Argentina winning 48-17 in the last meeting between these nations in San Juan.

Revenge might well be on the cards for Australia this time around but it could still be a cagey encounter at CommBank Stadium this weekend.

With that in mind, the Pumas with +8.5 in the Line market at 1.90 is worth considering for this clash that will go a long way to deciding who will finish bottom of the shortened Rugby Championship this season. 

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