Juan Martin Hernandez has warned his fellow countrymen to be wary of the threat posed by former Toulon team-mate Matt Giteau when Argentina go up against Australia for a place in the Rugby World Cup Final.
The two centres will do battle when the Pumas take on the Wallabies in the second World Cup Semi-final at Twickenham on Sunday and Hernandez knows he has a fight on his hands with Giteau, who he has described as being “one of the best players in rugby history.
Argentina are best priced 5/2 to beat Australia at Sky Bet, who also offer an industry leading price of 28/1 for a draw at 90 minutes. The Wallabies are looking to claim an historic third Rugby World Cup and Sky Bet have them as 2/5 favourites to beat Argentina and progress to the final.
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Giteau complimented Hernandez by describing him as “the beautiful man” earlier this week and, in turn, the Argentine was quick to point out just how much of a threat his former colleague is to the South American’s ambitions to reaching their first ever Rugby World Cup Final.
Hernandez told Sky Sports: “Well, what he said is very kind. He would call me that at Toulon, just joking, in the changing room, at the beach, it’s just a joke between us.
“I would call him something similar in French. I’m really looking forward to playing against him.
“It’s a big challenge for me to go up against one of the best players rugby has ever had, one of the best players in rugby history.
“His skills are amazing, he can run quickly, he can kick, he can pass, he can take a gap, so it’s going to be different from the game against Ireland in the centres. It will be tough.”
Hernandez Bigs Up Bosch
As well as talking up his former partner in the centre of the Toulon defence, Hernandez also stated that centre partner Marcelo Bosch – who missed the 43-20 last eight win over Ireland – could hold the key to an Argentinian success over Australia.
Hernandez said: “Marcelo is a great defender. He’s the one that leads our backline defence.
“Although Matias Moroni did really well against Ireland, Marcelo has great experience and he’s very important for me and for the team because there are many good options out wide for Australia.
“They run many good lines and have many big ball carriers like Folau and Kuridrani, so Marcelo’s very important to make the right decision.”