26 Sep 2012

No changes to Pumas starting lineup

12:12 pm on 26 September 2012

The Argentina rugby coach Santiago Phelan has named an unchanged side to take on the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship clash in Buenos Aires on Sunday.

Santiago has picked the same side that lost to Australian on the Gold Coast a fortnight ago.

He says this weekend's goal will be to avoid the drain of the final minutes.

The Pumas were 13 points ahead of the Wallabies before conceding two tries in the final quarter as they lost 23-19.

Phelan has made two changes to his bench, bringing in prop Marcos Ayerza for Juan Pablo Orlandi and back row forward Tomas Vallejos for Leonardo Senatore.

New Zealand, who have won their four games so far, need one more victory to be sure of the title before their final match against South Africa in Johannesburg next weekend.

The Springboks face Australia in Pretoria this Saturday night in their penultimate match.

Argentina have lost their three away matches in their first season in the new four-nation southern hemisphere championship, their first major annual competition, and secured a 16-all draw at home to South Africa last month.