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Welcome to the second Test of the 2022 Rugby Championship between Argentina and Australia at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza.

Australia is undefeated in their last six Tests against Argentina (W4, D2). The Wallabies have won six of their last seven games against the Pumas when playing in Argentina (L1) including their last three in succession.

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BREAKING: Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper has withdrawn from Australia’s tour to Argentina for personal reasons. Rugby Australia released a statement saying Hooper would return to Australia.

The statement said the 121-Test veteran is “not in the mindset to fulfil the responsibility that goes with leading and representing his country at this point in time”.

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Hooper said: “While this decision did not come easily I know it is the right one for me and the team at this point in time.

“My whole career, I’ve looked to put the team first and I don’t feel I am able to fulfil my responsibilities at the moment, in my current mindset.”

Prop James Slipper (110 Tests) will take over the captaincy, while Fraser McReight will start on the openside flank.

Match detail

Ahead of this match, the bookmakers give Argentina a 5-point start this match, so they expect the Wallabies to win by at least 6 points.

We are waiting for the kick-off.

In the meantime, have a look at the match preview.

PEEEP! We are underway in Mendoza, Argentina.

2.00: Tomás Lavanini charged down Nic White’s clearance, which led to a Pumas’ scrum after Len Ikitau knocked on Quade Cooper’s loose offload near the try line.

4.00: White makes no mistake with his clearance this time, booting the ball to the halfway line.

6.00: TRY! Pablo Matera powers through a big hole to open the scoring. The score came from a well-worked lineout move before some quick ball allowed the Crusaders’ forward to find a gap, beating prop Allan Alaalatoa, who had no chance from that close.  5-0

7.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good, Emiliano Boffelli adds the two. 7-0

9.00: Australia has a chance for some cheap points after offsides by the Pumas.

10.00: PENALTY! Cooper puts the Aussies on the board. 7-3

11.00: The Wallabies infringe, allowing Boffelli to take a long-range shot at goal from near the sideline.

12.00: PENALTY! Emiliano makes no mistake. 10-3

15.00: The Wallabies’ backline is caught offside before the lineout is over, Boffelli calls for the tee.

16.00: PENALTY! The kick is good. 13-3

18.00: TRY! Jordan Petaia scores after Australia opted for a driving maul from the lineout. Hunter Paisami ran at first receiver, playing Cooper on a looping run. Cooper drew the defenders before sending Petaia away. 13-8

19.00: CONVERSION! Cooper adds the extras. 13-10

22.00: PENALTY! Boffelli knocks over his third goal after another infraction by the visitors. 16-10

25.00: Darcy Swain sends Cooper through a gap, and the flyhalf races from halfway to the opposition’s 22 before a poor pass by Rob Valetini, is dropped forward into touch by Len Ikitau.

27.00: The Wallabies win a penalty to set-up an attack inside the opposition’s half.

29.00: Oh dear, the Aussies botch a guilt-edged chance at another try when the ball is lost forward on the Pumas’ try line.

31.00: This game is disjointed and filled with errors, especially from the restarts and exits. The handling has been poor as well.

33.00: The reset scrums are milking the clock, eventually, Argentina wins a scrum penalty.

35.00: Los Pumas turn down an easy three points. They, instead, go to the corner.

37.00: That is poor from the Pumas, who lose the ball forward trying to set up a driving maul.

40.00: Australia gives away their 10th penalty of the game after falling on the lifter at the lineout. Boffelli will take a shot from long distance.

42.00: PENALTY! Boffelli splits the uprights. 19-10

The halftime score was Los Pumas 19 Wallabies 10

PEEEP! We are back underway in South America.

44.00: Australia goes close, but good work at the ruck sees the Pumas win a turnover penalty on their try line.

47.00: Pressure from the Aussies leads to several penalty advantages on the Pumas’ try line.

48.00: Referee Mike Adamson from Scotland has had enough, he calls for some TMO assistance for foul play by the hosts. Nothing came from the reviews, so just a penalty to the Wallabies. Cooper leaves the field injured.

49.00: TRY! Fraser McReight is pulled over the whitewash by Jed Holloway after the driving maul splintered. 19-15

49.00: CONVERSION! Reece Hodge, taking over kicking duties, adds the extras. 19-17

53.00: Both teams empting the benches – these are, however, no “Bomb Squads”!

55.00: TRY! Juan Martín González finishes off a superb counter-attack starting inside the Pumas’ half. Juan Cruz Mallía returned a nothing kick from deep inside his 22. The fullback raced to the halfway line before sending a wide cutout pass to Matera. Matera collected and sped into the Aussies’ 22 before drawing Nic White and putting González away. 24-17

58.00: CONVERSION! Boffelli slots the corner flag conversion. 26-17

60.00: A mistake after the restart allows the tourists two shots at an attacking maul on the hosts’ line.

62.00: TRY! The pressure finally told. A powerful maul ends with the referee awarding a penalty try for another cynical collapse by the Argies. 26-24

63.00: YELLOW CARD! Matías Alemanno is off for 10 minutes for his second infringement in a row. 26-24

65.00: PENALTY! A third penalty in a row allows Hodge to put the visitors ahead. 26-27

69.00: The Pumas are fading again in the last 20 minutes; it’s all Australia at the end.

70.00: TRY! Try machine Folau Fainga’a barges over the whitewash after breaking from another driving maul. 26-32

72.00: CONVERSION! Hodge makes it an eight-point ball game. 26-34

75.00: Boffelli calls for the tee, he will take a shot from in front on the centre spot. [Arg pen 13, Aus pen 14]

76.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 26-34

79.00: Los Pumas search for a losing bonus point, but another penalty kills their chances of a point. Game over.

81.00: Hodge boots to touch.

83.00: One final attack ends with a penalty to Los Pumas at the ruck. Argentina kick to the 22.

86.00: TRY! Len Ikitau finishes off the game in style for the Aussies. 26-39

87.00: CONVERSION! Hodge brings up the forty-burger. 26-41


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The final score is Argentina 26 (19) Australia 41 (10)


Tries – Matera, González
Pen – Boffelli (4)
Con – Boffelli (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Petaia, McReight, Penalty try, Fainga’a, Ikitau
Pen – Cooper, Hodge
Con – Cooper, Hodge (3)
Drop –
Cards – Alemanno (Yellow, 63′)

Match Officials
Mike Adamson (SCO)
Assistant Ref 1: Karl Dickson (ENG)
Assistant Ref 2: Chris Busby (IRE)
TMO: Marius van der Westhuizen (RSA)



15 Juan Cruz Mallía, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martín González, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Francisco Gómez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Thomas Gallo, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Santiago Grondona, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Lautaro Bazán Vélez, 22 Tomas Albornoz, 23 Matias Moroni


15 Tom Wright, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Jed Holloway, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper (captain)

Replacements: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Pete Samu, 22 Jake Gordon, 23 Reece Hodge

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