Argentina's insider knowledge ahead of Wallabies battle

Off the back of a historic victory, Argentina have a secret ace up their sleeve as they look to secure back-to-back wins.

Sanchez looms as threat to Wallabies


(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 19, 2019 Australia's head coach Michael Cheika talks to his players during a warm-up session before the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup quarter-final match between England and Australia at the Oita Stadium in Oita. – After New Zealand, Australia's turn to suffer Argentina's furia? The Pumas want to confirm their historic coup by offering themselves the Wallabies on November 21, 2020 in Newcastle where they can rely on the expertise of Michael Cheika. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

Welcome to our live coverage of the Wallabies’ Tri Nations clash against Argentina.

The two sides are set to lock horns at Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium. The game is set to get underway from 7:45pm (AEDT).

Both are coming off the back of wins against the All Blacks, with the Pumas recording their first every victory against New Zealand.

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The stunning upset win has put the Wallabies on their toes as they head into battle on Saturday night.

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Pumas' insider knowledge on Wallabies

Off the back of their historic victory, the Pumas enter Saturday night's contest with an ace up their sleeve.

Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika joined the Pumas coaching staff and looms large on this contest.

Cheika played a key role in helping the side secure their first ever victory against the All Blacks and will now use the knowledge he gained leading the Wallabies against his former charges.

“He’s coached plenty of players in the (Australian) side. He’ll be a bit of a leg-up to Argentina this weekend I reckon,” Wallabies flanker Ned Hanigan said.

Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika will go behind enemy lines tonight as the Argentina boss tries to inspire his side against Australia. @mattburke710 and @Smackinnon99 are on the ground tonight. pic.twitter.com/qFXfcYtGkC

The winner of Saturday night's clash will go to the top of the Tri Nations table and go a long way to helping either side claim the Tri Nations trophy.

“A bit of silverware’s always nice. The result on the weekend has given us the opportunity. We’ve got to win two games,” Hanigan said.

“But the big thing for us is building a bit of consistency.

“We had a good game in Brisbane (beating the All Blacks 24-22). If we get two good performances that are consistent with what we need to do, the silverware’s just the cherry on top.”

Team lists

Wallabies (1-15): Scott Sio, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Matt Philip, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper (c), Harry Wilson, Nic White, Reece Hodge, Marika Koroibete, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, Tom Wright, Tom Banks
Reserves: Folau Fainga’a, Angus Bell, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Valetini, Liam Wright, Jake Gordon, Noah Lolesio, Filipo Daugunu
Pumas (1-15): Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Julian Montoya, Francisco Gomez Kodela, Guido Petti, Matias Alemanni, Pablo Matera (c), Marcos Kremer, Rodrigo Bruni, Tomas Cubelli, Nicolas Sanchez, Juan Imhoff, Santiago Chocobares, Matias Orlando, Bautista Delguy, Santiago Carreras
Reserves: Santiago Socino, Mayco Vivas, Santiago Medrano, Santiago Grondona, Facundo Isa, Gonzalo Bertranou, Emiliano Boffelli, Santiago Cordero

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