Wal­la­bies fi­nally give fans some­thing to smile about

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on­ship with a 45-20 win over Ar­gentina in Can­berra yes­ter­day.

The Wal­la­bies fought back from 13-10 down at half-time to score five sec­ond-half tries.

Coach Michael Cheika de­manded more ur­gency and pace from his team in the sec­ond half and the Wal­la­bies re­sponded.

Full-back Is­rael Fo­lau scored a dou­ble with other tries to Sekope Kepu, Will Ge­nia, Nick Phipps and Jordan Ue­lese. Fly-half Bernard Fo­ley kicked six con­ver­sions and a penalty goal.

The Wal­la­bies fi­nally broke through in the south­ern hemi­sphere tour­na­ment af­ter some frus­trat­ing close shaves.

Aus­tralia led 20-10 in the sec­ond half against South Africa in Perth last week, only for the Spring­boks to snatch a 23-23 draw. It fol­lowed a heart­break­ing 35-29 de­feat to the All Blacks last month when the Aus­tralians re­lin­quished a 17-point lead as New Zealand snatched the win­ning try with two min­utes left.

Martin Lan­dajo and Ma­tias Moroni crossed for Ar­gentina – who re­main with­out a point af­ter four games – with 10 points com­ing from the boot of Ni­co­las Sanchez.

Ar­gentina have won only one of their seven Tests this year, the last time they fin­ished a cal­en­dar year with a lower win rate was when they lost all three Tests in 1976.

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