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Aus­tralia sur­vived a sec­ond-half fight-back from a de­ter­mined Ar­gentina to se­cure their sec­ond straight vic­tory in the Rugby Cham­pi­onship. The Wal­la­bies gave their home fans in Perth plenty to cel­e­brate in a breath­tak­ing open­ing salvo as they scored three tries in the first 12 min­utes. Samu Kerevi, Dane Haylett-Petty and Will Ge­nia all crossed in the open­ing quar­ter to hand their side a 21-0 lead, be­fore Ar­gentina pro­duced a stir­ring come­back. San­ti­ago Cordero and Fa­cundo Isa re­duced the deficit in the sec­ond half, but a sec­ond try from Ge­nia and one from Michael Hooper handed the Wal­la­bies a thor­oughly de­served vic­tory. “I was very proud of the boys in the first-half as they made close to 100 tack­les so there was a fair bit of work there,” said skip­per Stephen Moore. “We started well, got out to a bit of a lead and that is al­ways im­por­tant in Test matches. We have won the last two games now so that will start to build some con­fi­dence in the squad.” How­ever, the one neg­a­tive for Aus­tralia was that their vic­tory meant that New Zealand se­cured the Rugby Cham­pi­onship crown with two games still to play. Aus­tralia fin­ish their cam­paign with away games against South Africa and Ar­gentina.

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