Alaalatoa to miss Perth Test

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by Beth Newman

Wallabies prop Allan Alaalatoa will miss Australia’s Test against Argentina with a knee injury.

Alaalatoa underwent scans after Saturday night’s 23-17 win over South Africa, wearing a brace on his left knee at Brisbane Airport on Sunday, where he is set to head to Sydney rather than Perth with the rest of the squad.

The 22-year-old will definitely miss Saturday's Test and is no certainty to line up against the Springboks in Pretoria on October 1, with Rebels prop Toby Smith and Waratahs youngster Tom Robertson coming into camp in the meantime.

Alaalatoa has shown promise in his stints with the Wallabies so far this season and was effective in the scrum again on Saturday night.

Allan Alaalatoa will miss the Argentina Test. Photo: ARU Media/Stu WalmsleyWallabies defence coach Nathan Grey said Alaalatoa’s injury was particularly disappointing, given his progress this year.

“It’s unfortunate but it’s good to have those guys ready to roll,” he said.

“He’s been among a number of the new guys who have come into the Wallaby setup and really performed well and that’s what we want from all the guys coming in is to deliver their strengths and I think our scrum was very consistent last night and quite dominant.

“Having those new blokes at the forefront of that is critical.”

The Wallabies face another stern scrum challenge this weekend, against Argentina and Grey said one win would not change their outlook.

“The focus shifted pretty quickly,” he said.

“It was great to have a win but already the guys are focused on the assignment for next week and they’re a new platform in terms of scrummage.”

Australia flies out to Perth on Sunday morning, ahead of Saturday’s Test against the Pumas.