Five Predictions For Argentina v Wales
Ahead of their two-Test series in Argentina, we bring you our five predictions for the upcoming internationals between the Pumas and Wales.
Jaguares’ form changes everything: Had the Jaguares continued on their wretched run of early-season results that saw them lose four out of their first five outings in Super Rugby 2018, then Wales would be able to prey on their lack of confidence on this trip. However, a recent upsurge in performances has seen the Puma-filled side win six straight games, meaning they enter with their tails up and favourites to win.
Marcos Kremer to impress: One of the stars for the Jaguares this season, the young flanker is set to announce himself on the international scene in emphatic fashion this month. Yes, he has already been capped by his country but has now switched from lock to the back-row and is flourishing. The 20-year-old is a physical specimen with real pace and power that is set to cause an inexperienced Welsh pack some issues.
The scrum to be crucial: It was worrying for Wales in the Springbok clash that replacements Wyn Jones, Rhodri Jones and Ryan Elias were in real bother against Steven Kitshoff, Thomas du Toit and Akker van der Merwe late on. Argentina, a side renowned for a fearsome scrum, will have been rubbing their hands at that sight as their squad definitely boasts greater depth in the pack this June. Fortunately for Wales, Tomas Francis has now arrived.
Argentine finishers to shock Wales: If the Welsh have not done their homework on the likes of Bautista Delguy, Ramiro Moyano and Emiliano Boffelli then they’re in for a surprise. These three are in outstanding form with the former duo our picks to start on the wings while in the absence of injured full-back Joaquín Tuculet, Boffelli has been electric for the Jaguares of late. They’ll punish Wales if not stifled.