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    Recap

    What should have been a win for Australia on going to the top of the log, played out to a 15-all draw on Saturday in the Tri-Nations test against the Argentinians.

    With Hooper turning down easy points and going for and attacking lineout with almost every penalty Australia got in that first half, kept Argentina in the game.

    Australia was dominating play and had Argentina with their backs against the wall for most of the first half but with opportunities begging the Aussies could only manage a 9-6 lead at the break.

    It was an unspectacular test match with both sides struggle to get continuity.

    Los Pumas showed again their strong defence in the match which seemed to rattle the Aussies. The Aussies were very unlucky on the night with two disallowed tries in the first half which could have taken the game away from the Pumas.

    Hodge kicked three penalties in the first half against the two from Sanchez.

    The Aussies came out in the second half still dominating play and kept playing in Argentina half of the field. The Pumas then got a yellow card for Julian Montoya after they have been on a team warning since the first half.

    Hooper surprisingly decided to kick at points even with a dominate scrum against a seven man Argentina pack.

    The Pumas then started to get a bit more ball and also a few calls from the referee as Australia discipline started to let them down.
    Sanchez got three back for the Pumas when they got a penalty from the scrum. With 12 minutes to go he slotted another penalty over.
    With rain coming down at this stage Sanchez showed his class slotting over a long-range penalty to even the scores up at 15-all.
    Hodge had a chance to get the win for his side with a late penalty but pushed it wide.
    There was also a late chance for the Pumas with a kick through but the match ended in a draw which will make the Pumas the happiest of the two sides.
    Sure their will be a few questions asked about Hooper’s decision in the first half to turned down all those points but this has set the championship up for a thrilling final few weeks.
    This has now brought the All Blacks right back in the mix and with a big win next week against the Pumas they can claim one hand on the trophy, which seems mad after they loss two match already.
    All three teams are on six log points with the All Blacks with the better points difference. So this looks like the Tri-Nations will be decided by the team with the better points difference and it is playing right in the All Blacks hands.
    The All Blacks have a 16 better points difference at the moment and we can expect them to come out next week and score plenty of tries.
    Scorers:
    Wallabies: Penalties – Reece Hodge (5).
    Argentina: Penalties – Nicolas Sanchez (5).
    Next week Schedule:
    New Zealand v Argentina

     

    Details

    Date Time Season
    November 21, 2020 10:35 am International Rugby

    Results

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    Argentina

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    Australia

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