Hello everybody and welcome to live coverage of Australia v Argentina on matchday six of the 2020 Tri-Nations series. Kick-off at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney is at 7.45pm local time.
Tonight marks the end of the hastily arranged but largely successful Tri Nations series. Unfortunately we’re faced with a dead rubber in the context of the series (unless the Wallabies can erase a points difference deficit of 101) but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty at stake. The last time these sides met they ground out a tryless 15-15 draw, so there’s a chance for one country to grab the upper-hand on the 2020 ledger.
Australia are still in the early stages of Dave Rennie’s tenure as head coach so the more exposure he has of his troops the better prepared they will be for more pressing tasks. While for the Pumas, a tour that featured an historic victory over the All Blacks and a backs-to-the-wall draw against the Wallabies deserves an appropriate finish. After suffering a beating at the hands of New Zealand last time out, they won’t want to leave Australian shores with their tails between their legs.
But after a controversial week (more on that later) Argentina will not have their full strength XV on the park. Australia, by contrast, are establishing a familiar unit, and will be able to call on James O’Connor at five-eighth in a fixture he will relish after a series of outings against New Zealand.