History favours Wales over Pumas
August 15, 2011
Fly-half Felipe Contepomi has proved to be a constant threat to Wales in their previous meetings © Getty Images
Wales host Argentina on Saturday nearly two years after the Pumas' last visit to the Millennium Stadium.
Two tries from Shane Williams and another from Stephen Jones helped propel Wales to a 33-16 victory that day - one of eight they have secured against the Pumas in their previous 12 meetings. However, Argentina will take heart from their 30-16 victory in Cardiff 10 years ago when fly-half Felipe Contepomi contributed an impressive haul of 25 points.
These two sides also went head-to-head at the Millennium Stadium in the opening game of the 1999 Rugby World Cup where tries from Colin Charvis and Mark Taylor helped the hosts to a 23-18 victory. Wales also prevailed 27-20 when the they clashed in a warm-up clash ahead of the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
An impressive hat-trick by winger Shane Williams helped Wales to a 35-20 victory in 2004, their best result over Argentina, which also marked Mike Ruddock's first victory as Wales coach.
Argentina's best result came in Buenos Aires in 2006, when Felipe Contepomi kicked 30 points to help his side to a 45-27 win. Three late consolation tries flattered the scoreline for Wales, who were beaten convincingly by their hosts.
Wales v Argentina - Match Stats
Played 12; Wales won 8; Argentina won 4
First Test: Wales 16-7 Argentina, Cardiff, October 9, 1991
Latest Test: Wales 33-16, Cardiff, November 21, 2009
Wales's largest winning margin: 17 points- Wales 33-16 Argentina, Cardiff, November 21, 2009
Argentina's largest winning margin: 18 points - Argentina 45-27 Wales, Buenos Aires, June 17, 2006
Wales winning sequence: Two Tests, August 18, 2007 to present
Most points (individual): Wales: Neil Jenkins 72; Arg: Felipe Contepomi 74
Most tries (individual): Wales: Shane Williams 6; Arg: Lucas Borges and Felipe Contepomi 3
Most points in a Test: Wales: 23 Neil Jenkins at Llanelli, 1998; Arg: 27 Federico Todeschini at Buenos Aires, 2006
Click Here for Wales's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for Argentina's full Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a full record of all Wales v Argentina matches courtesy of Statsguru
Click Here for a full Wales v Argentina record at the Millennium Stadium.
"Family is Jean's priority and he puts that into a team context." Firdose Moonda pays tribute to Jean de Villiers with input from Allister Coetzee
The Monday Maul turns its attention to drunken nights out, a blunt-talking coach, hidden agendas and crooked feeds
As if beating the Springboks and Pumas on their home turf is not onerous enough Australia, it also involves a road trip from hell writes Greg Growden
He teed up Obolensky's try, fought in Burma and played cricket for Warwickshire - we Rewind to look at the story of Peter Cranmer