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Pumas scrum becomes Achilles heel

The former Wallabies forwards coach will bring quiet confidence but a lack of faith in his scrum across the Tasman following Argentina's 46-24 loss to the All Blacks in Nelson.

Saturday's Rugby Championship Test against Australia on the Gold Coast will be Ledesma's first against his former team since taking charge of the ninth-ranked Pumas from Daniel Hourcade six weeks ago.

He is perturbed by a slide in Argentine scrummaging standards, once considered the rock their game was built around.

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All Blacks face a big challenge from Pumas

The defending champions will bid for their 15th straight win in the tournament against Mario Ledesma's Argentina, who have arrived in New Zealand full of confidence after an impressive 32-19 win over South Africa.

The Pumas have long taken pride in the strength of their set piece, and Franks was impressed by the South Americans' dominance against the Springboks as they claimed just their fourth win in 35 games in the southern hemisphere tournament.

"They take real pride in their set piece," he told local media in Nelson.

Springboks beat Argentina again

Comfortable winners of last weekend's reverse fixture in Port Elizabeth, the Springboks were given a helping hand on this occasion as Argentina's Tomas Lavanini was sent off in the 57th minute for a second yellow-card offence.

Pumas number eight Juan Manuel Leguizamon and South Africa full-back Andries Coetzee were also sin-binned in a frenetic encounter.

Pumas lose Jeronimo De la Fuente for rugby tour to New Zealand, Australia

De la Fuente, who missed the away defeat and home win against South Africa this month, was included on Monday in the squad that will travel on Friday but has now dropped out.

He is replaced in the 28-man squad by Gabriel Azcarate, who could make his tournament debut if called into action during the away Tests, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) said.

Coach Daniel Hourcade said that De la Fuente had failed a medical before praising the Pumas' form.

Pumas thrash Baabaas and pay tribute to Lomu

The Pumas, who warmed up in black t-shirts carrying the number 11, in tribute to former All Black Jonah Lomu who died this week, ran in seven tries in front of a crowd of 38,101, with wing Santiago Cordero crossing twice and setting up a third.