Azzurri look to end drought against Pumas
November 12, 2008
Italy's Mirco Bergamsco evade's Argentina's Manuel Contepomi during their clash in Rome in 2006 © Getty Images
Italy play host to Argentina in Torino this weekend hoping that they can secure back-to-back victories over the Pumas for the first time.
Argentina lead the all-time series with nine victories to the Azzurri's five since their first clash in Rovigo in 1978 that the hosts won 19-6. They have also drawn once with the sides battling to an 18-18 stalemate at the Antoine Beguere Stadium in 1997.
Italy upset Argentina with a controversial 13-12 win in Cordoba earlier this where a last-gasp try from Leonardo Ghiraldini and conversion from Andrea Marcato saw them snatch victory. That success ended a run of three defeats at the hands of the Pumas.
Both sides come into the contest hoping to bounce back from narrow defeats - Italy went down 30-20 to Australia last weekend while Argentina were edged out 12-6 by France.
Italy v Argentina - Match Facts:
Played: 15; Argentina won 9; Italy won 4; 1 drawn
First Test: Italy 19-6 Argentina at Mario Battaglini, Oct 24, 1978
Latest Test: Argentina 12-13 Italy at Cordoba , Jun 28, 2008
Drawn match: Argentina 18-18 Italy at Antoine Beguere, Oct 22, 1997
Italy's biggest winning margin: 10 points - Italy 19-6 Argentina at Mario Battaglini, Oct 24, 1978
Argentina's biggest winning margin: 33 points - Italy 6-36 Argentina at Stadio Flaminio, Nov 16, 2002
Argentina's winning sequence: 3 Tests - Nov 19, 2005 to present day.
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