WALLABIES EDGE OUT ARGENTINA
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.