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