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Argentina beat Australia in San Juan

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Australia has lost only one of their last 14 Tests against Argentina (W11, D2) and has won their last three in succession against the South Americans.

Ten of the Wallabies’ last 11 wins against Los Pumas have been decided by margins of at least 10 points.

  • Australia has won seven of their last eight Tests against Argentina in Argentina (L1), including their last four Tests. Moreover, the Wallabies have scored 40+ points in each of the last two games.
  • Los Pumas are winless in their last 10 Tests in The Rugby Championship/Tri-Nations (D2, L8) and have lost their last seven matches in succession in the competition.
  • The last time the Pumas went on a longer losing streak versus the Wallabies was an 11-match span from 2016 to 2018.
  • Australia has won their last five Tests on the bounce in The Rugby Championship/Tri-Nations – the Wallabies’ longest
    winning streak in the competition.
  • The Wallabies have conceded just 10 points per game across the first halves of their previous five Rugby Championship Tests.
  • Australia made 24 tackle breaks per game in Tests in 2022, two per game more than any other Tier One nation. Argentina (12 per game), however, is ranked last in this category.

Match detail

The bookmakers give Argentina a 5-point start to this match, so they expect an Australian victory by 5 points.

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PEEEP! We are underway in Argentina at Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan.

1.00: TRY! A mistake from Tom Wright and Jordan Petaia gifts a fortunate 34-year-old Juan Imhoff another Test try. 5-0

3.00: CONVERSION! Emiliano Boffelli slots the kick. 7-0

5.00: A Fraser McReight handling error gifts the hosts an attacking scrum on the halfway line. Juan Cruz Mallía ends the attack with a 50/22. Good start from the Argies.

6.00: TRY! Thomas Gallo powers over from close range to score under the posts after a good lineout maul. 12-0

7.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 14-0

11.00 Back-to-back penalties allow James O’Connor to kick to the corner and give the visitors a chance to strike.

12.00: TRY! James Slipper picks and goes over next to the posts after a well-executed lineout attack. 14-5

13.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor halves the deficit. 14-7

15.00: A mistake from the kick-off by Santiago Carreras gave the Wallabies a midfield scrum. The next attack led to O’Connor calling for the tee from in front.

17.00: PENALTY! The kick is over! 14-10

19.00: More ill-discipline from the home team allows the Aussies to set up an attacking lineout on the opposition’s 22. Nothing comes from the attack because the ball is lost.

21.00: NO TRY! A sublime one-two between Petaia and O’Connor ends with the flyhalf scoring; however, Slipper is pinged for a dangerous cleanout at the previous ruck. 14-10

23.00: Taniela Tupou gives away a penalty for taking out a player illegally.

24.00: TRY! Jerónimo de la Fuente chops back on the inside from the maul, dancing through several defenders before making a beeline to the whitewash. De la Fuente pulled a hamstring in the process but still beat the cover defenders to the chalk. 19-10

26.00: CONVERSION! Boffelli cannot miss from there. 21-10

29.00: Australia goes close; however, the Pumas win a turnover penalty at the breakdown on their try line.

31.00: TRY! Juan Martín González collects a loose ball after O’Connor dropped a Juan Cruz Mallía, bomb into the arms of the flanker, who sped away to score his second try in two weeks against the Wallabies. 26-10

33.00: MISS! Boffelli shaves the post, but his kick is no good. 26-10

37.00: NO TRY! Boffelli grounds the ball on the chalk under pressure from Marika Koroibete, but the try does not stands after TMO Marius van der Westhuizen makes a dodgy call. 26-10

39.00: O’Connor kicks a penalty deep into the 22.

41.00: A sustained attack inside the 22 leads to another penalty after the hooter.

43.00: Australia loose their lineout and Argentina cleared to touch.

The halftime score was Los Pumas 26 Wallabies 10

PEEEP! We are back underway in South America.

43.00: Some more good work at the breakdown by the hosts earns them a scrum. A loose piece of play, however, ends with Los Pumas getting a penalty for offside.

45.00: NO TRY! Rob Valetini’s break and offload saw Petaia collect but get stripped by Gonzalo Bertranou for a goal-line dropout. Good call by the TMO this time. 26-10

49.00: A bizarre scrum sees the Aussies win possession after Argentina won a tighthead; however, the ref allowed the scrum to keep going despite being broken into a thousand pieces. Nothing, however, comes from the attack though and the hosts survive.

52.00: Argentina win a penalty at the ruck to allow Boffelli to call for the tee.

54.00: PENALTY! Boffelli slots the long-range goal. 29-10

57.00: Both teams making too many mistakes as the subs disrupt the free-flowing nature of the game.

60.00: Pumas are in control going into the last 20 minutes. The Wallabies need to get their hands on the ball.

64.00: TRY! A powerful driving maul set up the Pumas near the try line. Several phases later, the hosts get their fifth when Gallo crashed through the defence. 34-10

65.00: CONVERSION! No problem with the extras. 36-10

66.00: TRY! Len Ikitau scores after not being held. 36-15

67.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 36-17

70.00: The game has broken up, it’s a bit of a mess as the visitors play hot potato to no avail.

73.00: Some poor passing leads to the ball rolling into touch with a try looking on the menu for Australia.

76.00: Time is winding down in San Juan. Los Pumas have been impressive and deserve this win.

78.00: TRY! Boffelli gets his score at the death, he deserved this after such a good display. 41-17

79.00: MISS! Boffelli pulls his kick wide. 41-17

81.00: TRY! Tomas Albornoz adds another after another accurate grubber put the Pumas in for the score. 46-17

83.00: CONVERSION! The kick is over, that is a record win in this fixture as the Pumas almost drop a fifty-burger.

FULL TIME

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The final score is Argentina 48 (26) Australia 17 (10)

Scorers

Argentina
Tries – Imhoff, Gallo (2), De la Fuente, González, Boffelli, Albornoz
Pen – Boffelli
Con – Boffelli (5)
Drop –
Cards –

Australia
Tries – Slipper, Ikitau
Pen – O’Connor
Con – O’Connor (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Karl Dickson [ENG]
Assistant Ref: Mike Adamson [SCO]
Assistant Ref 2: Chris Busby [IRE]
TMO: Marius van der Westhuizen [RSA]

Teams

Argentina

15 Juan Cruz Mallía, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martín González Samso, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Francisco Gómez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Thomas Gallo

Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Facundo Isa, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Tomas Cubeli, 22 Tomas Albornoz, 23 Lucio Cinti

Australia: 15 Tom Wright, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Jed Holloway, 5 Darcy Swain, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Lachlan Lonergan, 1 James Slipper (captain)

Replacements: 16 Billy Pollard, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Pone Fa’amausili, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Irae Simone, 23 Reece Hodge

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