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Wallabies brace for Pumas off-load barrage

AAP logoAAP 14/09/2016 By Justin Chadwick

They say you can rest when you're dead, and that's the motto the Wallabies will be taking into Saturday night's Rugby Championship clash with Argentina in Perth.

The Wallabies are bracing themselves for an attacking, off-loading onslaught from the Pumas, who beat South Africa last month before giving the All Blacks a first-half scare last week.

Wallabies fullback Israel Folau said although the team were happy to get their first win from six Tests this year when they beat South Africa 23-17 last weekend, they faced a very different challenge against Argentina.

"I definitely think we'll be tested a lot more defensively as a team," Folau said.

"They're a pretty good team with ball in hand. They like to keep the ball alive and get the offloads away.

"We can expect a pretty free-flowing attack.

"Defensively for us, we have to try to stay alive until the ball is dead."

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has urged his team to play with more freedom.

Folau believes the Wallabies are better placed to follow through on that order after snaring a confidence-boosting win.

"It takes a lot off our shoulders now. We can go into the game feeling a lot better," Folau said.

"It was frustrating not to get a win for a long time."

Folau has fond memories of playing Argentina in Perth, having scored an important try in Australia's 14-13 win there in 2013.

That match was played in driving rain and strong winds, but dry conditions are expected for Saturday night.

Australia have already fielded seven debutants this year, and that number could swell to nine by the weekend.

Tom Robertson in set to be named on the bench as a replacement for injured prop Allan Alaalatoa (knee), while lock/No.8 Lopeti Timani is also in the selection mix.

Australia have beaten Argentina in 11 of the past 12 meetings between the two sides, including a 29-15 win in last year's World Cup semi-final.

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