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Australia beat Argentina 45-20 at GIO Stadium in Canberra, scoring six tries to two, claiming a bonus-point in the come-from-behind victory.

Israel Folau scored a brace either side of half-time in another superb attacking display.

Sekope Kepu, Will Genia, Nick Phipps and Jordan Uelese all grabbed five-pointers, as the Wallabies ran out comfortable winners.

Bernard Foley was accurate from the tee, collecting 15 points with a penalty and six conversions.

The South American’s two tries came from Martin Landajo on 23 minutes, and Matias Moroni, when he crossed at the death.

Nicolas Sanchez kicked two penalties and two conversions for 10 points, but he missed a crucial penalty, while his defending was suspect.

Despite the close scoreline at the break, Australia scored five second-half tries to one, as a result of increased tempo and stronger defending.

Los Pumas had the better of the territory and possession, consequently, winning the collisions at the advantage line and dominating the set pieces.

Australia had already missed 13 tackles inside 25 minutes, as the Argentines gathered momentum. When the game finished, the total missed was 26.

Bernard Foley opened the scoring with an early penalty before the South Americans took a seven-point lead through Sanchez’s boot and Landajo.

The scrumhalf dived over from close range after Argentina had laid siege to the Wallaby goal line.

But, soon after, the Aussies hit back when Israel Folau finished a sublime attack.

Foley levelled with the conversion, however, five minutes’ later, Sanchez kicked his second penalty, which his side a three-point lead.

Michael Cheika was fuming in his interview just after the break. He wanted more “urgency” to put the visitor’s defence under pressure.

It soon came, his team scoring twice in three minutes. First, when Kepu sneaked under Guido Petti to score under the posts.

This was due to some patient build-up play before the prop crashed over. The second, minutes’ later, when Rob Simmons threw a magic pass to set up another score for Folau.

Foley kicked both conversions to give his side a 24-13 lead with 25 minutes to play. All the momentum was now with the hosts.

Argentina came back, but somehow, they could cross the Wallabies’ goal line. Australia’s defence had gone from leaky to solid since the interval.

After a lineout drive was halted, and two good chances squandered, the Wallabies cleared.

However, the sight of several Pumas lying with their hands on their heads after failing to score foretold the capitulation that was to come.

Had they scored, it would have been a four-point game, but they did not.

Instead, the Aussies marched down the field and finished their opponents off with a surgeon’s scalpel.

The Wallabies closed out the game with a big scrumming performance, incredible, considering this is Australia we are talking about.

Argentina was penalised three times for collapsing. Enrique Pieretto was sent to the bin, which ended the game as a contest.

From the following set piece, Genia crossed the whitewash for the game clincher.

Nick Phipps, just on for Genia, crossed for the fifth. It came from a great run by Sean McMahon on the touchline.

There was time for Moroni to score a wonderful individual try, but it was scant consolation, despite its brilliance.

Finally, as the hooter sounded, Jordan Uelese came on to add some pain.

Final Score: Australia 45 (10) Argentina 20 (13)

Scorers

Australia
Tries – Folau (2), Kepu, Genia, Phipps, Uelese
Pen – Foley
Con – Foley (6)
Drop –
Cards –

Argentina
Tries – Landajo, Moroni
Pen – Sanchez (2)
Con – Sanchez (2)
Drop –
Cards – Pieretto (Yellow, 71st minute)

Match Officials
Referee: John Lacey (IRFU)
Assistant Ref 1: Glen Jackson (NZR)
Assistant Ref 2: Paul Williams (NZR)
TMO: Ben Skeen (NZR)

Teams

Australia

15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Marika Koroibete.

Argentina

15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel tatez Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Juan Martin Leguizamon, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Manuel Montero.

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