Wallabies coach won’t earn respect by fighting

Wallabies manager Dave Rennie has said he will not earn the Australians’ respect with his side’s latest performance against the Pumas.

Argentina beat Australia 48-17 to end the visiting side’s five-game winning streak in the Rugby League.

After their 41-26 first-round victory, a heavily exhausted Australia were no match for Michael Cheika’s Argentina who fought their way to the top of the table.

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It was one-sided from the start as Argentina opened the scoring in the first minute of the match.

Less than five minutes later, they were above the chalk again.

Argentina led 26-10 at half-time before blowing the lead, adding 22 points to their tally on three tries while Australia only crossed the line once more.

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The home side added salt to injuries with a try after the horn went off, sending the Estadio Bicentenario into rapture.

“Huge disappointment,” Rennie said.

“It’s not good enough. We conceded four tries with kicks behind us. We were definitely outplayed in the collision zone.

“[We] created many opportunities, but we have to be patient. [Taking] a ruck is not a disaster, but not clinical enough.

“We definitely lacked cohesion, didn’t we? There were some changes.

“Obviously we’ll look at the pictures, but we’re better than that.

“It’s a huge disappointment. I certainly want to earn the respect of the country and you don’t do that with performances like that.”

The Wallabies entered the second-round game without several key playmakers.

Folau Fainga’a was added to the injured list on Friday after suffering a concussion in training after Dave Porecki and Hunter Paisami sustained head injuries.

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The team was also without Quade Cooper after he ruptured his Achilles tendon in the opening game.

Allan Ala’alatoa has returned home after the first test due to family bereavement while Michael Hooper is on leave to focus on his mental health.

Although Rennie admitted the squad weren’t in top form, he said expectations were still high ahead of the game.

“We had a good enough team in the paddock tonight to get the job done,” Rennie said.

“We gave them some weak points at the start, we fought to get back to them. We have to be better.

“Although I know we will get a few guys back, whoever puts the shirt on has to be up front. We weren’t good enough today.”

Captain James Slipper was not so terse in his assessment, but admitted he wanted to go home.

“Clearly disappointed,” Slipper said.

“After a good performance last week, we really wanted to back it up. Probably below standards today.

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“I think the Argentines were pretty good today. They had the momentum behind the crowd and it was a tough team to play against. All credit to them, they were tough.

“I think every team (in the rugby league) has won one now. We’re delighted to be home. It’s been a really tough tour for us. We’ve got the South Africans home twice now. and we’re looking forward to that comeback playing in front of our fans.”

The Wallabies’ next fixture will see them take on the Springboks on August 27 in Adelaide while the All Blacks take on the Pumas in Christchurch.

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