75 Wallabies teach Pumas lesson
A SUPERB second-half display has delivered Australia’s first Rugby Championship win of the year, demolishing Argentina 45-20.
Australia scored 35 points in the second half having trailed 13-10 at the break.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika had bemoaned his team’s intent when interviewed by Fox Sports from the coach’s box 10 minutes into the second half.
“There’s no urgency, I’m not sure we realise we’re playing in a Test match,” Cheika said. It was as though Cheika’s words were being broadcast on loudspeaker, because within four minutes the Wallabies had scored two tries.
After the Springboks lost 57-0 to the All Blacks earlier in the evening, the Wallabies’ next match against South Africa in Bloemfontein in a fortnight looks very winnable.
Australia’s bonus-point win leaves it third in the competit- ion, however a successful tour of South Africa and Argentina could get it to second.
Argentina halfback Martin Landajo scored the opening try in the 24th minute, diving over from the base of the ruck.
There was controversy with the decision as Agustin Creevy grabbed Ned Hanigan at the base of the ruck before Landajo scored, but after seeing replays referee John Lacey was convinced Australia’s blindside was not unduly obstructed and awarded the five-pointer.
Israel Folau hit back five minutes later for Australia.
The Pumas’ offloading game caused problems close to the ruck for Australia, and they missed 17 tackles in the opening 40 minutes.
After Cheika’s “urgency” call, Sekope Kepu barged over from the base of a ruck in the 50th, and Folau’s second try came three minutes later. With that score, Folau became the first Wallaby ever to record four doubles in a single year.
After numerous penalties against the Pumas for collapsing, Lacey sent Enrique Pieretto to the sin bin.
Following another dominant scrum, halfack Will Genia slipped through the defence to score a try in the 73rd minute.
He was then replaced by Nick Phipps, who two minutes later had a try of his own.
Pumas winger Matias Moroni scored a wonderful chip-and-chase try at the death.
But the Wallabies had the last laugh when Jordan Uelese barged over from close range.
The Wallabies’ Nick Phipps crosses for a try against the Pumas at GIO Stadium.