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Match report – Argentina – – – Australia


Argentina were leading Australia halfway through the game but were eventually passed by a wide margin; Wallabies fly-half Quade Cooper was sent off with injury, however; substitute skipper James Slipper paid tribute to captain Michael Hooper

Last update: 06/08/22 23:19

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Highlights from the Rugby Championship encounter between Argentina and Australia

Highlights from the Rugby Championship encounter between Argentina and Australia

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

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

Argentina led 19-10 at halftime and led the game until the 65th minute. But hopes of securing a memorable upset would crumble.

Match report – Argentina – – – Australia

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Juan Martin Gonzalez wrapped up an epic team try as Argentina further increased their lead over Australia in the Rugby League

Juan Martin Gonzalez wrapped up an epic team try as Argentina further increased their lead over Australia in the Rugby League

Australia took the lead for the first time when substitute fly-half Reece Hodge kicked in a penalty for 27-26 while Argentina lock Matias Alemanno was in the trash. Australia were by far the better team in the second half.

Alemanno’s absence helped propel the Wallabies comeback 26-17 as they racked up the final 24 points in the final quarter of the game. The Aussie pack grabbed a scrappy game by retaining possession and putting pressure on the Pumas, whose discipline crumbled.

Match report – Argentina – – – Australia

Jordan Petaia scores for Australia against Argentina

As Australia kicked their maul at the wheel and scored tries through winger Jordan Petaia, loose forward Fraser McReight, hooker Folau Faingaa and center Hunter Paisami, to go with a try from penalty.

As has so often been the case in the past, Argentina were disappointed in their discipline as they gave away a series of second-half penalties after scoring tries through loose forwards Pablo Matera and Juan Martin Gonzalez.

Match report – Argentina – – – Australia

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After Australia’s emphatic win over Argentina, substitute skipper James Slipper paid tribute to captain Michael Hooper, who said he was not in the “right frame of mind” to play.

After Australia’s emphatic win over Argentina, substitute skipper James Slipper paid tribute to captain Michael Hooper, who said he was not in the “right frame of mind” 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.

“It was tough. I felt like we were behind most of the game,” substitute captain James Slipper said. “It’s a real proud moment for me and for the team, because we really wanted to make an effort that our fans could be proud of, but also that our captain, Hoops, could be proud of.

“We thought about him all day and we played for him tonight.”

Regarding Rennie, it will now come down to the severity of the injury to Mercurial Cooper, who was seen wearing a moon boot on the sidelines after twisting his ankle early in the second half and needing help since field.

He will be a major doubt for the teams’ second clash in San Juan on August 13. But Australia will still be confident of another victory after identifying weaknesses in the Argentina defense which they exploited to such devastating effect on Saturday.




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