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Argentina are not underestimating Australia - De La Fuente

Australia were not at their best in the Rugby World quarter-finals but Argentina remain wary ahead of Sunday.

Argentina centre Jeronimo De La Fuente.
Argentina centre Jeronimo De La Fuente.

ARGENTINA CENTRE JERONIMO de la Fuente insisted the South Americans are not underestimating Australia following their quarter-final performance.

The Wallabies were not at their best against Scotland last week, requiring a controversial last-gasp penalty to claim a 35-34 win at Twickenham.

Australia captain Stephen Moore was quick to demand an improvement following the quarter-final scare but Argentina, who stunned Ireland 43-20, will not be treating the Wallabies any differently heading into Sunday’s semi-final.

“They may have had a bad day, but we cannot base our preparations on that match,” De La Fuente told reporters.

“Australia are a great team and have the ability to attack in the last minute thanks to the quality of the players they have.

“Still I hope we play as well as Scotland did.”

De La Fuente added: “We must hold on to the ball well because that is what we did in the last match.

“It will be a major battle, regardless of who is winning and it gives the scrum-half cleaner ball to attack with.”

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