Estadio Malvinas Argentinas was also the venue for 2014’s infamous 21-17 Wallabies loss to the Pumas as Bernard Foley missed a regulation kick with 10 minutes to play as a green laser from the crowd was targeted at his face.
The poor sportsmanship has been a repeated problem for Argentina’s rugby crowds with Kurtley Beale, Mike Harris and Aaron Cruden also in the laser firing line over the years.
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“I’m thinking of playing in goggles just in case, just to rule out any sort of foul play or whatever,” Wright said with a grin from the team hotel in Buenos Aires.
“Na – if there’s a laser, there’s a laser. There’s not much I can do from the middle of the field.”
Wright, a former Manly NRL player, has developed into one of Australia’s best and most consistent performers and scored a memorable try in the series-deciding third Test loss to England at the SCG.
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Australia won the first Test and had plenty of opportunities to put England away but coach Dave Rennie was left lamenting an ineffective counter-attack game.
“We had a plan to do a few specific things game plan wise and we weren’t able to execute and that was a little bit disappointing,” Wright said.
“We sort of died wondering, would that have worked or not?
“Counter can be not so much individualised, but you can work hard and create opportunities for your teammates off the ball if you just put your head down initially and work hard for the first five or 10 steps.
“You might draw a body or create some space for your teammate just through a little bit of effort, looking after the guys inside and outside.”
Those “harsh” review conversations were completed before making the long haul flight to Argentina to play a Pumas side that beat Scotland 2-1 at home in July.
Wright spent time on the wing and at fullback throughout the series but is likely to wear the No.14 jersey in Mendoza with Jordan Petaia now fit and available.
“If that opportunity (at fullback) arises again, I’ll definitely take it with both hands,” Wright said.
“I was given an opportunity there through someone else’s misfortune. It will be good to have Jordie back in the mix of selection, and we’re only going to be better off for it as a team, but fullback is something that excites me – you get a few different looks at getting the ball in different parts of the field.”
The Wallabies are looking at ways to break down a Pumas defence masterminded by former Australia coach Michael Cheika and ex-NRL enforcer David Kidwell.
Wright believed that Argentina’s desire to keep ball in hand would suit the Wallabies in their efforts to punish mistakes and he predicted more kicking from the tourists.
“They play quite a frontline dominant defensive style. So you’ll probably try to find yourself dropping it on the toe if you can…
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“They’ve got a fair bit of line speed and like to fill that frontline. It’s certainly not something that we thought was a good opportunity for us necessarily against England. But it’s definitely something that is in our toolbox at all times.”
Wright said the Cheika storyline was not being talked about in Wallabies camp.
“I don’t necessarily know any of the back stories that you sort of mentioned there that you guys (media) continually remind everyone of.
“If we’re too busy worrying about the opposition coach we’ve probably got our head in the wrong place.”
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