A positive start to the summer Tests saw Wales overcome Canada 68-12 last weekend. That sets them up nicely for this much bigger clash with one of the best in the Southern Hemisphere, Argentina.
The Pumas failed to make it out of the group of death at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but that wasn’t the worst of performances seeing as both England and France were in their group.
In fact, they went to the wire against Les Bleus, losing by just two points, and even so, that was nearly two years ago now.
On their return to the adjusted Rugby Championship at the end of last year, they only lost one of their four matches, as they beat New Zealand for the first time 25-15 at Bankwest Stadium in Sydney on matchday three, while they had back-to-back draws with the Aussies.
However, the All Blacks did get their revenge on matchday five, scoring 38 unanswered points. Their only game since has been a close 24-17 victory against the 18th best side in the world Romania last weekend, which doesn’t pose as the best of form coming into this.
Argentina 1-12 Point Winning Margin
Having looked like a lost side back at the start of 2020, Wayne Pivac’s Welsh side have come of age. Six defeats from the coach’s opening seven competitive games wasn’t the best of starts to his life in the dugout, as that sole victory came against Italy.
However, a win against a 14-man Irish side in their Six Nations opener earlier this year gave them the much-needed confidence to go on and lift the title, and now they’re on a run of six wins from their last seven outings, but only three of those were against worthy opposition.
Argentina doesn’t have the best of records at the Principality Stadium against Wales, losing five of their seven trips here this century.
Three of those defeats came by 15 or more points, but the most recent of them came in 2016 when they lost 24-20, while both their victories came by more convincing 14-point margins in 2001 and 2012.
The main cause for concern will be the fact that the hosts have now won four games on the bounce against the Pumas dating back to 2013, including both games down in Argentina on their tour in 2018 when they last faced one another.
However, things are slightly different this time around, with Pivac missing as many as 11 key players to the Lions tour of South Africa, while both Alun Wyn Jones and Leigh Halfpenny are out through injury.
They still have a terrible record against the Tier One nations (excluding Italy & Japan), losing eight of their 11 matches under current management, each coming by fewer than 12 points, and they look worth taking on considering.