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Match Report – Argentina – – – Australia


Argentina were leading Australia halfway through the match but ultimately were overwhelmed by a wide margin; Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper however was forced off with an injury; stand-in skipper James Slipper paid tribute to captain Michael Hooper

Last Updated: 06/08/22 11:04pm

Highlights of the Rugby Championship encounter between Argentina and Australia

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Highlights of the Rugby Championship encounter between Argentina and Australia

Highlights of the Rugby Championship encounter between Argentina and Australia

Australia beat Argentina 41-26 in the first round of the Rugby Championship at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas on Saturday.

Australia rallied in the final quarter to secure their victory over the Pumas in Mendoza but the win may have come at some cost to the Wallabies as fly-half Quade Cooper limped off early in the second half.

Argentina led 19-10 at halftime and were ahead in the game until the 65th minute. But hopes of securing a memorable upset would fall apart.

Juan Martin Gonzalez finished off an epic team try as Argentina further increased their lead over Australia in the Rugby Championship

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Juan Martin Gonzalez finished off an epic team try as Argentina further increased their lead over Australia in the Rugby Championship

Juan Martin Gonzalez finished off an epic team try as Argentina further increased their lead over Australia in the Rugby Championship

Australia took the lead for the first time when replacement flyhalf Reece Hodge kicked a penalty for 27-26 while Argentina lock Matias Alemanno was in the sin-bin. Australia were much the better team in the second half.

Alemanno’s absence helped propel the Wallabies’ comeback from 26-17 down as they racked up the last 24 points in the last quarter of the match. The Australian pack took hold of a scrappy game by retaining the ball and turning the pressure on the Pumas, whose discipline fell apart.

As Australia got their driving maul going and they scored tries through wing Jordan Petaia, loose-forward Fraser McReight, hooker Folau Faingaa and centre Hunter Paisami, to go with a penalty try.

As has been the case so often in the past, Argentina were let down by their discipline as they gave away a raft of penalties in the second period having managed tries through loose-forwards Pablo Matera and Juan Martin Gonzalez.

Following Australia's emphatic win over Argentina, stand-in skipper James Slipper paid tribute to captain Michael Hooper, who stated he was not in the right 'mindset' to play

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Following Australia’s emphatic win over Argentina, stand-in skipper James Slipper paid tribute to captain Michael Hooper, who stated he was not in the right ‘mindset’ to play

Following Australia’s emphatic win over Argentina, stand-in skipper James Slipper paid tribute to captain Michael Hooper, who stated he was not in the right ‘mindset’ to play

The welcome win comes at the end of a difficult 24 hours for coach Dave Rennie’s side, who lost captain Michael Hooper on Friday when the latter opted to return home to Australia, suggesting he was not in the right frame of mind to play the game.