Argentina vs Georgia Rugby match at Estadio 23 de Agosto
Saturday, June 24th
Estádio 23 de Agosto, Jujuy
Kick-off at 16:15 local (19:15 GMT)
After a 2-0 series loss on home soil to a depleted England side, victory over Georgia is vital to the Pumas’ morale at Estádio 23 de Agosto.
Last week’s loss was their 9th in their last ten international games. This needs to be addressed at the earliest. They have a chance now to tackle Georgia at home. Argentina has struggled with tests as well as their Super Rugby side, the Jaguares. They have yet again not put themselves into the play-off reckoning as they sit on 5 wins from twelve games, well off the pace being set by the Lions in their Africa 2 conference.
They have decided to made 6 personnel changes to their starting line-up. Up front they have Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro & Guido Petti in 2nd row. As a new back-row comes Tomás Lezana, Rodrigo Báez & Leonardo Senatore.
While the back changes are Matías Moroni returns on the wing, with Ramiro Moyano wearing 11 in place of Emiliano Boffelli.
Furthermore, Georgia has defeated Canada & the USA in recent games & had they not lost 8-7 to Romania in March, they could have been on a 7 match winning run heading into this fixture. Argentina in contrast, their international opponents haven’t been of the same quality.
We do have flourish of rugby in the nation, especially after a successful U20 Championship that was well attended. Hence, a great chance for the senior XV to show their worth this week as the ongoing debate surrounding their inclusion in top tier competition rumbles on.
A defeat here would be unimaginable & would certainly pile further pressure on Hourcade.
From 2007-2015, Argentina has always won.
The venues they won are Gloucester, San Juan, Palmerston North, Lyon.
Home win. Argentina by 15.
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