Fo­lau gets dou­ble as Wal­la­bies win

The Timaru Herald - - CATALYST -

The Wal­la­bies have cracked their first win of the Rugby Cham­pi­onship, com­ing from be­hind to top­ple Ar­gentina 45-20 in Can­berra on Satur­day.

Su­per­star full­back Is­rael Fo­lau scored a try in each half to set up the much-needed vic­tory.

The Aus­tralians headed into the match af­ter two losses to the All Blacks and a draw last week­end with South Africa, but the win didn’t come easy against the gritty Pu­mas.

Also win­less be­fore the clash, Ar­gentina got the bet­ter of the scrappy home side early to lead 13-10 at half­time af­ter dom­i­nat­ing Aus­tralia 45 (Is­rael Fo­lau 2, Sekope Kepu, Will Ge­nia, Nick Phipps, Jor­dan Ue­lese tries; Ber­rad Fo­ley 6 cons pen) Ar­gentina 20 (Martin Lan­dajo, Ma­tias Moroni tries; Ni­co­las Sanchez 2 cons 2 pens). HT 10-13. ter­ri­tory and pos­ses­sion.

The Wal­la­bies looked more poised af­ter the break and hit the front in the 49th minute with prop Sekope Kepu rum­bling across the line.

They never looked back from there with Fo­lau, half­back Will Ge­nia, his re­place­ment Nick Phipps and rookie hooker Jor­dan Ue­lese shar­ing the five-point­ers.

Af­ter ex­chang­ing early penalty kicks, the Pu­mas took the lead in the 23rd minute half­back when Martin Lan­dajo spun out of the ruck to dive over.

Fo­lau’s first came af­ter the Wal­la­bies moved the ball quickly from one side of the field to an­other be­fore Bernard Fo­ley found his man on the fly.

Aus­tralia travel to South Africa to take on the Spring­boks in Bloem­fontein in their next en­counter in a fort­night.

PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES

Is­rael Fo­lau dives to score his sec­ond try dur­ing the Wal­la­bies’ win.

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