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Australia beat Argentina in Brisbane

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Australia’s Wallabies have played Argentina’s Pumas 31 times since 1979, the Wallabies have won 24 matches, lost six times and drawn once.

The Wallabies 24 wins give them a record of winning 77% of their matches against Los Pumas regardless of venue.

  • Australia has won 16 of their last 18 games against Argentina, including a 45-34 win in their previous encounter – the highest total score ever between the two nations.
  • This Test will be the first meeting between Australia and Argentina at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; however, the Pumas won on their most recent visit to Australia (September 2018) – their first win over the Wallabies in Australia since 1983.
  • Australia has won only two of their last seven games played in The Rugby Championship (L5); however, one of those wins came against Argentina while the other occurred at Suncorp Stadium.
  • The Aussies have won their last five games on the bounce at Suncorp Stadium – four by a single-digit margin – and haven’t lost at the venue since June 2016 (vs England).
  • Argentina has won only two of their last 15 Tests played away from home, including defeats in each of their last three such fixtures.
  • Los Pumas have lost their last six games on the bounce; the last time they lost more in succession was a seven-game stretch from August to November in 2017.
  • Michael Cheika’s men conceded 291 metres in Round 1 of The Rugby Championship, the fewest of any team and 183 metres fewer than their game average from 2018.
  • Michael Hooper is set to play his 14th Test match at Suncorp Stadium; only Stephen Moore (16) has played more at the venue.
  • Bernard Foley has scored 124 points in 11 games against Argentina, more than any other player in Test history.
  • Jeronimo De La Fuente was the only player to make more than 10 carries (11) and more than 10 tackles (12) during Round 1 of The Rugby Championship.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Australia for the day’s second Rugby Championship Test.

3.00: an early handling error leads to an Aussie scrum, but the set-piece needs to be reset a couple of times.

4.00: Argentina survives a promising Wallabies’ attack. Los Pumas win a penalty and Nicolas Sanchez clears the danger.

6.00: Australia have all the possession in the early stages and their midfield is looking dangerous.

7.00: Another attack ends with a Pumas’ penalty at the breakdown. The South Americans go quickly, but the counter-attack ends with a lineout on the Aussie 22.

10.00: Some sustained pressure by the hosts leads to a penalty in front of the posts.

11.00: PENALTY! Christian Lealiifano puts the Wallabies in the lead. 3-0

14.00: Argentina’s defence is being opened way too easily by Australia, especially in the wide channels and midfield. Wallaby mistakes at the ruck are hurting, however.

16.00: Argentina is dominating the breakdown, it is keeping them in the game. Scrum to the visitors on halfway.

19.00: Facundo Isa breaks off the base of the scrum and goes to the short-side. The Pumas go several phases before conceding possession. It’s end-to-end as both teams squander counter-attacks with poor handling.

20.00: Argentina is putting in some big hits on their opponents. Samu Kerevi is receiving treatment after another huge hit.

23.00: A lost lineout does not prove costly for the hosts, however, they win possession before Sekope Kepu gets pinged at the ruck.

24.00: PENALTY! Nicolas Sanchez levels from in front. 3-all

27.00: The Pumas almost scored from the restart, but a handling error five metres out, cost them five. Argentina is, however, enjoying some possession, and they win another penalty for obstruction.

30.00: Still no tries, but this is an entertaining Test match, only handling mistakes are costing both teams as they look to play with pace and tempo.

32.00: TRY! Marika Koroibete comes off his wing and takes Lealiifano’s inside pass before sending the ball wide to Reece Hodge. Hodge, playing on the wing for only the second time, cut inside the cover defence and dotted down for the game’s first try. 8-3

33.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano makes no mistake. 10-3

36.00: The game is a little bit unstructured; it’s good to watch, but you feel the sides are playing off-the-cuff. Keep going, I say.

38.00: Well played by Australia, they see off another Argentinian attack, and clear their lines.

40.00: A counter-attack from a lineout steal, ends with a knock-on in centre field by Australia. Halftime.

The halftime score was Australia 10 Argentina 3

41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway down under.

42.00: Australia wins a scrum-penalty, soon after the break. Michael Hooper opts for posts.

43.00: PENALTY! Lealiifano extends the lead. 13-3

46.00: The Mexican wave is weaving its way around Suncorp Stadium. Los Pumas keep making handling mistakes on the attack. It is all a bit panicky by Mario Ledesma’s men.

49.00: Hooper’s side is starting to slow things down, playing for territory and looking to capitalise on Argentinian ill-discipline.

50.00: BIG SCRUM! James Slipper and Taniela Tupou have just come onto the field and they win the scrum-penalty.

51.00: PENALTY! Lealiifano is on FIRE! 16-3

55.00: Folau Fainga’a leads the way for Australia with 11 tackles, two more than skipper Hooper. Argentina needs to cut out the errors, they are killing themselves.

58.00: The game’s tempo has slowed, both teams look tired which is understandable because of all the travelling.

61.00: The game is entertaining the last quarter: its do or die for Los Pumas.

63.00: We are checking with the TMO for foul play. Another Pumas’ attack has gone to waste, the fourth this half within five metres of the Wallabies’ try-line.

64.00: No foul play. Play on. Argentina has the ball near halfway and they have a knock-on advantage.

66.00: Time is starting to run out for the Pumas. Australia’s coaching staff can be happy with this defensive effort, one of the best in years.

69.00: The referee is talking to both skipper’s about one or two things that have taken place. James O’Connor comes on for his first Test in years.

70.00: Another scum-penalty goes the way of the Wallabies. They are controlling proceedings in Brisbane and look to be closing out the match with a W.

73.00: TRY! An 11-man lineout and driving maul ended with a five-pointer. The maul splintered to the left and Facundo Isa crashes over. 16-8

74.00: CONVERSION! Joaquin Diaz Bonilla adds the extras. 16-10

77.00: MISS! Matt Toomua cannot seal the game, instead, missing his goal. 16-10

79.00: Reset scrums at the end, the way we started.

81.00: The hooter sounds, but the ref wants the forwards to pack down again. The ball is recycled calmly to the back and booted into the stands.

FULL TIME

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The final score is Australia 16 (10) Argentina 10 (3)

Scorers

Australia
Tries – Hodge
Pen – Lealiifano (3)
Con – Lealiifano
Drop –
Cards –

Argentina
Tries – Isa
Pen – Sanchez
Con – Diaz Bonilla
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (NZR)
Assistant Ref 1: Paul Williams (NZR)
Assistant Ref 2: Brendon Pickerill (NZR)
TMO: Ben Skeen (NZR)

Teams

Australia

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 James Slipper, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Luke Jones, 21 Nic White, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 James O’Connor.

Argentina

15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 23 Matias Orlando.

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