Wallabies Fighting Against Time Before Argentina Battle

The big loss to South Africa hurt in more ways than one.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Coming off a big loss to South Africa Sunday, the Wallabies underwent a gruelling travel schedule to arrive in Argentina with enough time to get healthy ahead Sunday’s Test against Argentina.

Various injuries and some definitive jetlag means that coach Robbie Deans will have to give his subjects some time off ahead of their first battle on Argentinian soil in a decade.

Replacement lock Rob Simmons dislocated a little finger (he cracked it back into place himself) and winger Dibgy Ioane suffered a kneecap injury that will likely see him miss Sunday’s clash with Argentina. To make matters worse backup options James O'Connor, Drew Mitchell, Cooper Vuna and Joe Tomane are all already side lined at the wing position meaning the team may have to rely on uncapped Western Force player Nick Cummins to fill the position.

They’re not the only ones hurting; Radike Samo and Tatafu Polota-Nau have shoulder complaints and fullbacks Berrick Barnes (punctured lung) and Adam Ashley-Cooper (concussion) are also out.

Skipper Nathan Sharpe knows that his men will need to be healthy to face a tough Argentinian squad.

"You've got to get that right against Argentina, who will always come at you physically," he said.

The Wallabies lost to South Africa by 23 points in Pretoria last weekend and were forced to finish with just 14 men on the field.

It took more than 60 minutes for the Australians to score their first try and when Tatafu Polota Nau got hurt the Wallabies found themselves down a man after having already used all their substitutions, eventually losing 31-8.

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