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Australia beat Argentina in Canberra




Australia was left frustrated last weekend with their 23-all draw against South Africa while Argentina will be disappointed at the way they let their lead against the All Blacks slip.

Argentina delivered their best performance of the season last weekend in New Zealand and given the way they were hit by fatigue in the second half another big performance on tour may be too much to ask.

The Wallabies have won 13 of their last 14 games against the Pumas and have lost only once to Argentina (1983) in 13 Tests at home.

The South Americans have been their usual selves: consistently inconsistent, but Michael Cheika’s team have won only two of their six internationals this season.

Australia’s four previous Tests at GIO Stadium has seen them run out to four victories by an average margin of 38 points.

The Wallabies have made one change to their starting XV that played South Africa, lock Rob Simmons replacing Rory Arnold, who has missed out on this week’s matchday squad.

The Pumas have made four changes with Tomas Lezana, Martin Landajo, Ramiro Moyano and Matias Orlando named in the starting lineup.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: BEEP! BEEP! We are underway in a chilly but dry GIO Stadium in Canberra. The Wallabies kick-off and Argentina knock on. Scrum to Australia.

2.00: Penalty to the home team after Lucas Noguera is pinged for collapsing.

5.00: It’s all Australia in the opening exchanges. They are going wide at every opportunity and they are winning early penalties.

6.00: PENALTY! Bernard Foley strikes the ball down the middle and gives his team the lead: 3-0

10.00: We have yet to complete a scrum. Referee John Lacey has now spoken to the front rows. Reset. Now a free-kick to the home team; they tap it and go quickly.

12.00: Matias Moroni almost gets over the try line. He beat Foley, who slipped the tackle and then tried to bounce Will Genia, but the scrumhalf held on. Good play by the visitors.

14.00: Australia counter the Pumas’ driving maul, but it splinters and the South Americans charge forward and win a penalty.

15.00: PENALTY! Nicolas Sanchez levels the scores: 3-3

17.00: Both sides are kicking away possession in search of territory. Sanchez is having the better of the kicking duel.

19.00: Australia are not getting over the advantage line; they are operating at less than 30 percent. Against the Springboks, they operated at above 80 percent.

20.00: Oh dear, a forward pass kills a chance out wide for the Pumas.

23.00: Argentian are building slowly, they have gone a dozen phases and are camped on the Wallaby try line.

24.00: Martin Landajo has crossed the whitewash, but it is being checked by the TMO for offsides.

24.00: TRY Martin Landajo! It is awarded to the dismay of the Australian commentators who want it chalked off for offsides and obstruction. Great work in the tight by Los Pumas, who kept bashing away at the goal line: 3-8

25.00: The conversion is good by Sanchez: 3-10

26.00: Australia has already missed 13 tackles, one every two minutes.

27.00: Argentian are pounding away, but after some good work in the tight (again), they get sloppy and lose the ball in contact. Scrum to the home team on their 10.

29.00: TRY Israel Folau! What a try! The Wallabies go four phases, from right to left and back again. some wonderful handling and offloading by Australia before Foley sends the flier away for the score: 8-10

30.00: Foley’s conversion is good and we are level, again: 10-10

33.00: MISS! Emiliano Boffelli, playing fullback, misses his first kick of the tournament from about 45 metres: 10-10

35.00: Argentian have the scrum on the Aussie 22, and they win the short arm penalty, tap and go quickly. Tevita Kuridrani is then caught offsides. Sanchez calls for the tee.

36.00: PENALTY! Sanchez makes no mistake from in front: 10-13

37.00: Argentian has been excellent; they’ve been disciplined and been solid at the set pieces and gain line. All for kick-offs have been claimed by the Pumas. Pablo Matera wins a penalty at the breakdown and Sanchez will kick.

38.00: MISS! The standoff pushes his kick wide; a let-off for the home team: 10-13

39.00: Argentina marches 15 metres into the Wallabies’ 22 after the lineout. It is stopped in the end, but the visitors still have possession.

40.00: Great work from Kurtley Beale, who strips the ball from Tomas Lezana. The No 8 had burst through a mini-gap but was stopped before losing the ball in contact. Australia goes wide and looks for a counter-attack after the hooter sounds, but it comes to nought.

The half-time score was Wallabies 10 Los Pumas 13

41.00: BEEP! BEEP! We are back underway for the final 40 minutes of Round 4 of the Rugby Championship.

44.00: Argentian has started well after the break. They are stringing the passes and phases together and have moved from their 22 into the Aussies’ half.

46.00: It’s Australia’s turn to camp inside the Pumas’ 22. They have gone five phases and are moving forward in every contact situation. Eventually, they earn a penalty and they go quickly.

47.00: The move breaks down, but the home team gets a lucky break after a knock on. The officials missed a knock on by Ned Hanigan in the build-up to the scrum.

48.00: Michael Cheika is fuming with his team. He says they need to put the defenders under pressure with urgency, but his team are playing too slowly.

49.00: TRY Sekope Kepu! After some power driving in the first two phases, the prop sneaks under Guido Petti and scores under the posts: 15-13

50.00: Foley won’t miss from there: 17-13

53.00: TRY Israel Foalu has a double! The Wallabies strike again. after some urgency that their coach wanted, they go back down the field and extend their lead: 22-13

55.00: Foley smacks the ball through the sticks: 24-13

57.00: Argentian goes close. Michael Hooper and Hanigan are struggling with the Pumas at the breakdown, but they keep the visitors at bay.

59.00: Landajo goes close again, but some good defence stops him short. The visitors have the lineout through, five metres out.

60.00: Jack Dempsey is caught offsides and the Pumas kick to the corner.

62.00: BIG DEFENCE! Australia keeps the wolves from the door. Argentina’s players are distraught, and are lying on the ground; they know they missed a guilt-edge chance.

65.00: It’s all Australia. They go close but Genia loses the ball forwards in contact, however, they win the penalty and kick to the corner.

67.00: It’s held up, so Australia will have a five-metre scrum, 15 metres in from touch. Can they finish off the opposition?

68.00: Penalty to Australia for collapsing; Hooper calls for another scrum.

69.00: The scrum collapses again. Referee John Lacey tells the Pumas’ skipper that the next infringement, he will show a card.

70.00: Samu Kerevi goes close, but is stopped near the line. John Lacey calls it held up and the Wallabies get another scrum.

71.00: YELLOW CARD! Enrique Pieretto is off for another collapsed scrum. Scrum to Australia.

72.00: TRY Will Genia! The scrumhalf snipes over for the try: 29-13

73.00: Foley adds the extras: 31-13

75.00: TRY Nick Phipps! Sean McMahon makes the break and runs into Los Pumas’ territory before sending Phipps the pass. The scrummy, just on for Genia, is tackled, but releases gathers and stretches out for the score: 36-13

76.00: The conversion is good: 38-13

78.00: TRY Matias Moroni! The wing chips chases and gathers his kick to score a consolation in the corner: 38-18

79.00: The conversion is good: 38-20

80.00: TRY Jordan Uelese! That’s the dagger: 43-20

81.00: Foley slots another: 45-20


Live In-Play Betting.

The final score is Australia 45 (10) Argentina 20 (13)


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

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)



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.


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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