Super Rugby


Wallabies secure 54-17 win over Argentina

The Qantas Wallabies have put in a solid performance to claim a 54-17 victory over Argentina in Rosario this morning.

Quade Cooper and Will Genia combined in the halves to produce a great passing game which steered the Wallabies to their biggest ever win in the Rugby Championship. 
Israel Folau’s hat trick was the first for the Wallabies since Adam Ashley-Cooper’s trio against the USA in the 2011 Rugby World Cup. It was also the first time since their match against Russia in that Tournament that Australia had scored four tries or more in a Test.
The 54 points were the most the Wallabies have ever scored against Argentina in the 21 Tests between the two nations stretching back to 1979.
It was the Wallabies best performance under new coach Ewen McKenzie and there were encouraging signs all over the park in the entertaining performance, which was characterized by slick ball movement and excellent work at the breakdown.
Argentina started well keeping the ball in hand, but it was the Wallabies who were on the board after just two minutes.
Joe Tomane featured prominently, first making a mid-field break on the halfway line to put the Wallabies on the front foot, then moments later popping a neat inside pass to Folau who strode over outwide to open the scoring. 
Christian Leali’ifano piloted over the conversion from near the left touchline and Australia had the perfect start up 7-0 after just three minutes.
The Pumas then enjoyed a long spell of possession on the Wallabies line using their powerful scrum to try and push the Wallabies pack over the line. The Wallabies were penalized three times as Argentina kept re-setting the scrum to try and force a push-over try.
Queensland Reds prop James Slipper was eventually yellow carded and the Wallabies had to hold on with a seven-man pack. 
Leali’ifano then added a penalty to put the Wallabies ten points up after 25 minutes, but some enterprising attacking play from the Pumas led to a penalty goal of their own.
The Wallabies were in again just minutes later after good lead up work from Folau and scrumhalf Will Genia put Ashley-Cooper over in the corner. Leali’ifano missed the conversion this time from out on the right hand touchline.
Just a minute later it got even better for the Wallabies when Folau stepped through to score his second try of the match after some great ball movement from Australia’s backline. Leali’ifano landed the conversion and the Wallabies were up 25-3.
The Pumas then scored a try after a scything run by centre Marcelo Bosch, converted by flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez, to bring it back to 25-10 at the break.
The Wallabies hit back soon after halftime with flyhalf Quade Cooper popping a neat inside pass to Folau to complete his hat trick. 
With Leali’ifano off the field, Cooper landed the conversion and the Wallabies were out to a 32-10 lead. 
The Pumas got their second try on 48 minutes when scrumhalf Martin Landajo burrowed his way over under the posts.
Some solid defence from the Wallabies, coupled with precise work at the breakdown, turned the Pumas around and a penalty from Cooper put them out to 35-17.
Tomane then ran away 60-metre solo try on 63 minutes to put the Wallabies up 40-17.
Bernard Foley was involved on 74 minutes initiating the move that led to the Wallabies sixth try. 
He then capped off his debut with a long range try on 78 minutes after Australia turned the ball over on their own try line and a clever chip and re-gather from Tomane saw the flyhalf sprint away to score under the posts.
The Wallabies now return to Australia before travelling to Dunedin in a fortnight to take on the All Blacks in the season’s third Bledisloe Cup Test.
Earlier New Zealand claimed the 2013 Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship with a thrilling 37-28 victory over the Springboks in an epic Test at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.
Full Time Score
Qantas Wallabies 54 (Israel Folau 3, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Joe Tomane, Benn Robinson, Bernard Foley tries; Christian Leali’ifano 2 conversions, 2 penalties, Quade Cooper penalty, conversion, Bernard Foley 2 conversions) defeated Argentina Pumas 17 (Marcelo Bosch, Martin Landajo tries; Nicolas Sanchez 2 conversions, penalty) at Estadio Gigante de Arroyito in Rosario. (Half time: Wallabies 25 Pumas 10) (Referee: Wayne Barnes [England]).

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