The Rugby Championship

Moore: Springboks win will count for nothing against Pumas

Stephen Moore stressed the importance of Australia following up their victory over South Africa with another strong showing against Argentina in Perth on Saturday in a repeat of last year's World Cup semi-final.

The Wallabies came from behind to beat the Springboks 23-17 in the Rugby Championship clash at Suncorp Stadium last weekend to end a dismal run of six consecutive defeats.

Michael Cheika's side will have home advantage once again when they take on the Pumas at nib Stadium this weekend.

Australia won a thrilling semi-final against Argentina at Twickenham last October to set up a World Cup final against New Zealand and Moore is eager for a repeat 11 months later.

"That win last week doesn't really count for anything, it's a totally new game. It's always a good week after you have a win." said the Australia captain.

"There has been a bit more positivity around but I think we've tried to keep our preparation pretty consistent irrespective of the results. What happened last week isn't going to guarantee anything this week.

"They're a big side physically but they like to pass the ball a lot and there is a lot of running in the games, so we're expecting that."

The hooker still has a loss to New Zealand and being whitewashed by England on home soil fresh in the memory as the Wallabies attempt to build on their triumph over South Africa.

"The results haven't gone the way we wanted them to and playing at home in front of our fans is a big part of what we do," Moore said.

"We isolated these last two games [in Australia] as an opportunity to restore a little bit of that and [Saturday] is an opportunity again to do that, so that's certainly not lost on the team."

Argentina were just two points down against New Zealand in the second half last weekend before the world champions ran riot to win 57-22 in Hamilton.

Pumas captain Agustin Creevy is planning to frustrate the Wallabies by slowing them down at the set-piece.

"In the dynamic set-piece they can be very dangerous, so we cannot allow them to play quick ball," he said.

"That can be dangerous for us, we're going to have to be tough to combat it."

Back-rower Lopeti Timani and prop Tom Robertson will make their Wallabies debuts from the start, while fit-again flanker Juan Manuel Leguizamon, scrum-half Tomas Cubelli, fly-half Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias and full-back Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino start for the Pumas.


Key Opta stats:

- Australia have won 11 of their last 12 games against the Pumas,
- The Wallabies have won their last 11 games against Argentina on home soil and the only time the Pumas have earned a win in Australia was in July 1983 – the first ever clash between the sides in the country.
- Australia have boasted the best scrum success rate in the Rugby Championship so far (95 per cent) however their line-out success sits at a competition-low 75 per cent, with the Wallabies losing 3.3 lineouts per game on average on their own throw.
- Argentina are in the hunt for a second win in a single Rugby Championship campaign for the first time since they joined the competition in 2012, they also need only 35 more points to eclipse their most points in a Rugby Championship campaign (105 in 2014).
- Bernard Foley has kicked eight goals from nine attempts, giving him the best goal kicking accuracy (89 per cent) of any player who has made more than two attempts at the sticks.
- Argentina's Facundo Isa has made 41 carries in three games so far this campaign, the most of any player and five more than the next busiest player, Israel Folau (36).