Wales v Argentina, Millennium Stadium, August 20
History favours Wales over Pumas
August 15, 2011
Pumas fly-half Felipe Contepomi, Argentina v France, Stade Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina, June 26, 2010
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

Statsguru archive:

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.


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