Junior World Championships 2013: Wales v Argentina match preview

Wales’ U20s face the daunting task of needing to beat Argentina to top Pool C to progress to the semi-finals of the Junior World Championship 2013. A draw could suffice as Wales have a better points difference, by just one point, but Danny Wilson’s men would much prefer to finish off as outright victors.

Wilson has rotated his squad well, with a few positional changes. Sion Bennett starts at flanker linking up with captain Ellis Jenkins, allowing Ieuan Jones to start again in the no 8 shirt, providing plenty of ball carriers in the backrow.

Rhodri Williams again gets the nod at scrum half to link up with fly half Sam Davies who will be hoping to continue his good form. It is a very strong centre partnership in Dixon and Hughes, and Hallam Amos is brought in again at full back, with the talented Jordan Williams moving to the bench.

It is a very strong Argentina side that they face, and their opposing fly half Fernandez especially is a danger. With his ability to punish teams with the boot, Wales will have to ensure their discipline is far superior to what they displayed against Scotland.

Both sides are very evenly matched, but Wilson will be hoping for a more solid display from his forwards in order to give his backline the ball to thrive. The set piece has been fairly solid for Wales but they will need to make a step up again in their performance in order to push on for the win.

The Wales bench is loaded with talent and as the game opens up in the final quarter, Wales will hope their fitness will work in their favour.

Being able to emulate their semi- final place of last year would be a great achievement for this current crop of Welsh youngsters, who have the capability of progressing even further. It will take one of their best performances this season to beat Argentina yet the ruthlessness shown against Samoa and the resolve shown against Scotland leaves them in good position.

Kick-off: Wales U20 v Argentina U20, La Roche sur Yon, Thursday 13th June, 3.45pm UK time (live on S4C)

Teams

Wales: 1. Gareth Thomas, 2. Ethan Lewis, 3. Nicky Thomas, 4. Carwyn Jones, 5. Rhodri Hughes, 6. Sion Bennett, 7. Ellis Jenkins ( c ), 8. Ieuan Jones, 9. Rhodri Williams, 10. Sam Davies, 11. Ashley Evans, 12. Jack Dixon, 13. Steffan Hughes, 14. Owen Jenkins, 15. Hallam Amos

Replacements: 16. Elliot Dee, 17. Thomas Davies, 18. Daniel Suter, 19. Jack Jones, 20. James Benjamin, 21. Joshua Davies, 22. Jordan Williams, 23. Harri Evans

Argentina: 1. Lucas Noguera Paz, 2. Santiago Iglesias, 3. Matias Diaz, 4. Guido Petti Pagadizabal, 5. Tomas Levanini, 6. Tomas Lezana, 7. Pablo Matera, 8. Geronimo Mazzoni, 9. Felipe Ezcurra (c ) 10. Patricio Fernandez, 11. German Shultz, 12. Joaquin Paz, 13. Santiago Alvarez, 14. Rodrigo Etchart, 15. Santiago Alvarez

Replacement: 16. Facundo Gigena, 17. Julian Montoya, 18. Tomas Ramirez, 19. Vittorio Rosti, 20. Focundo Isa, 21. Juan Bernardini, 22. Emiliano Boffelli, 23. Juan Pablo Aguierre

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