Redemption will be a key theme when the Wallabies face Argentina in Mendoza this weekend.
The Wallabies return to the scene of their humbling defeat to the Pumas last year when their Rugby Championship campaign continues on Saturday (Sunday AEST).
Argentina beat the touring Wallabies 21-17 – the Pumas’ first and only Rugby Championship win – last October, and Matt Toomua, who played in the match, admitted the Wallabies were keen for payback.
“We’ve played them quite a few times over the last few years and I haven’t been a part of the game that hasn’t been tough, particularly here last year when we got done,” Toomua said.
“We want to make amends for that and we know it’s going to be a good class game.”
Toomua was outstanding off the bench for the Wallabies in their last-gasp victory over South Africa last weekend, coming on at No.10 for Quade Cooper, who turned in an indifferent display.
Brumbies star Toomua is expected to start at inside centre for the injured Matt Giteau, but has continued to train at both No.10 and No.12 since arriving in Mendoza.
“There’s a lot of competition in the inside starting backs and for me to get starting position would be incredible and I honestly don’t mind what position it’s at,” he said.
The 25-year-old was pleased with his performance against the Springboks and is one of a number of bench players from that game expected to force their way into the run-on side against the Pumas.
“I came off and felt that I contributed in certain areas, but to be fair, I think the whole bench offered something. You saw a lot of good cameos there with David Pocock and James Horwill particularly and Scott Sio in that scrum getting us a couple of penalties there too,” he said.