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Football: WALES AIM TO BURST BUBBLE; Argentina on a roll but...


ARGENTINA came to a halt yesterday as its footballers put six goals past Serbia & Montenegro at the World Cup in Germany.

Offices and factories were deserted as millions of people took time off work to watch the walloping.

Bars and restaurants were packed as football-mad Argentina went stir-crazy.

Major arteries in the capital Buenos Aires were soon clogged as the fans were drawn like a magnet to the soaring Obelisco monument that marks the centre of this vibrant city.

Traffic came to a halt but drivers didn't care, hooting their horns in triumph.

Today it's the turn of the Argentina rugby team to capture the hearts of a passionate nation obsessed with sport.

The Pumas will be fired up to complete a two-Test whitewash of an experimental Wales side when they clash in a potentially explosive encounter at Velez Sarsfeld Stadium.

Standing in the way will be the young guns desperate to give new coach Gareth Jenkins his first victory since succeeding Six Nations and Grand Slam-winner Mike Ruddock.

How much mettle they've got will become clear because they've had to withstand threats of violence during an intimidating build-up to the final Test with the added worry of a bout of sickness hitting members of the squad.

Fortunately, according to Jenkins, the bug was just a 24-hour stomach upset

Neither was it, he laughed, caused by Argentina threating a "big fight" if "Wales aren't nice to them" in the Buenos Aires battle.

Wales have made two changes from the side that went down to an undeserved 27-25 defeat in the first Test.

Exciting youngster James Hook is starting at inside-centre in place of Matthew Watkins and Huw Bennett taking over from Matthew Rees at hooker.

New Wales sensation - P 27


Jose Pekerman's footballers set the World Cup alight in Germany yesterday with a 6-0 thrashing of Serbia & Montenegro - today the Pumas face Wales at rugby' Wales coach Gareth Jenkins
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jun 17, 2006
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