75 Wal­la­bies teach Pu­mas les­son

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport - JAMIE PANDARAM CAN­BERRA jamie.pandaram@news.com.au

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.

Pic­ture: GETTY IM­AGES

The Wal­la­bies’ Nick Phipps crosses for a try against the Pu­mas at GIO Sta­dium.

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