Argentina to target Wallabies playmakers

Wallabies playmakers Quade Cooper and Bernard Foley will need to brace themselves for a tackle barrage in Saturday night’s Rugby Championship clash with Argentina in Perth.

Coach Michael Cheika’s gamble to play two playmakers paid off in last week’s 23-17 win over South Africa in Brisbane

Inside centre Foley scored a try and was a constant running threat, while flyhalf Cooper also performed strongly.

The pair have again been handed starting roles against the Pumas, but Argentina have made it a mission to ensure the twin playmakers won’t get much time or space to weave their magic.

“We have to put the pressure on Quade Cooper and Foley,” Argentina winger Lucas Amorosino said.

“They play with really good skill.

“The idea is to put pressure on those players so they don’t feel comfortable, and after that we have an opportunity to have the ball as much as possible.”

Saturday’s clash is a re-match of the World Cup semi-final, which Australia won 29-15.

The Wallabies scored two tries in the opening 10 minutes to set up that win, and Amorosino said Argentina were determined not to let a similar thing happen this time around

“It was a strange match,” Amorosino said.

“After conceding those early tries, I think we played a better match.

“Australia had a really good defence that day.

“We broke the line 12 or 13 times, and Australia recovered. And we went inside the 22 six times without scoring points.”

Argentina threatened to cause a huge boilover last week when they trailed world champions NZ by just two points at the 50-minute mark.

But the All Blacks unleashed a try blitz from that point on to run away 57-22 winners in the eight-tries-to-one romp.

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