Aussie end on a High

October 6, 2013
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The Wallabies ended the Rugby Championship with a convincing 54-17 victory over the Pumas in Rosario.

Fullback Israel Folau grabbed a hat-trick as the visitors avoided the wooden spoon, leaving Argentina without a single win after their second year in the southern hemisphere competition.

The home side scored a try in each half in veteran Felipe Contepomi’s last Test, but they made too many basic errors which handed Australia plenty of opportunities.

The visitors ended up scoring seven tries of their own to record a morale-boosting victory after a string of disappointing results.

Wings Adam Ashley-Cooper and Joe Tomane, replacement forward Benn Robinson and flyhalf Ben Foley also touched down for the Wallabies, who played to their traditional running strengths in the backs with returning scrumhalf Will Genia calling the shots.

Argentina scored tries through centre Marcelo Bosch and scrumhalf Martin Landajo with flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez kicking seven points.

Australia, who had beaten Argentina 14-13 in Perth last month, had forwards James Slipper and Rob Simmons sin-binned, one in each half, while Argentina flanker Pablo Matera was also yellow carded.

Man of the match: Joe Tomane proved a real threat and broke the line often, but it is difficult to look past the clinical finishing of hat-trick hero Israel Folau.

Moment of the match: With nine tries there were plenty of options, but perhaps mos impressive was Pumas centre Marcelo Bosch’s fine individual effort which saw him beat a number of defenders.

Villain of the match: Rob Simmons for his shoulder charge on Felipe Contepomi in his last Test.

The scorers:
For Argentina:

Tries: Bosch, Landajo
Cons: Sanchez 2
Pen: Sanchez

For Australia:
Tries: Folau 3, Ashley-Cooper, Tomane, Robinson, Foley
Cons: Lealiifano 2, Cooper, Foley 2
Pens: Lealiifano 2, Cooper

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4 Comments

  1. avatar Boertjie says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Maybe the time wasn’t ripe to include
    the Argies. They are really quite useless.
    Like Italy, who after many years in the
    Sixnations is also still quite useless.

    How come the Argies do better at World Cups?

  2. avatar Boertjie says:
    October 6th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    BTW – did you know Jake White’s full name is
    Jacob Westerduin White?

    (Western Dune).

  3. avatar Americano says:
    October 7th, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Boertje -

    Argentines are essentially Spanish speaking Italians. They rin hot & cold.

    I think this is a good & surprising result for World In Union.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANWXW65zH28

    It would not have been good to have the Australians THAT hobbled. The Argentines must work to get better – this is the big leagues.

  4. avatar Americano says:
    October 7th, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Boertje-
    I did not know that was Jake’s middle name.
    I always thought it was Voldemorrt (-:
    Thanks for the fun fact.

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