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Tri Nations – Another draw for Australia and Argentina

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Australia and Argentina played to another draw on Saturday which handed the Tri-Nations Championship to the All Blacks.

The test was played in very wet conditions with both teams playing  a conservative game with a lot of kicking throughout the match.

There was also a few cards handed out as both teams with poor discipline again displayed by both sides. Australian had to fight back as the Pumas had a handy lead going into the final quarter of the match.

Both teams scored one try each with the other points coming off the boots of Reece Hodge, Nicolas Sanchez and Domingo Miotti.

Hooper was given a yellow card for a high tackle as well as Kremer and Paulos. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto got a straight red card for another high tackle as well.

Australia did most of the attacking play early on but could not score. Argentina defence was solid yet again.

O’Connor got the first points of the test with a penalty but it was soon counter with a penalty from Sanchez.

With the rain belting down the game became very scrappy and both teams resorted to a kicking game.

Miotti who came on for Sanchez slotted a penalty for Argentina to give them the lead. Argentina extended their lead with the try of Delguy soon after.

This gave the Pumas a 13-6 lead.

Hodge were first to put points on the board in the second half after a penalty kick.

The Aussies then had to plat with 14 men for the rest of the test after Salakaia-Loto was send off for a head-high tackle.

That gave Miotti the chance to extend their lead to seven points with a penalty.

The Aussie looked the better team on attack and although they made more mistakes with ball in hand they looked dangerous everytime they had the ball in hand.

Hooper got the Aussies try after another good lineout and it was game on with the scores locked at 16-all.

It was a tense final few minutes of the test but neither team was able to find a way through which ended their second test in the Tri-Nations with a draw.

Scorers:

Australia – Tries: Michael Hooper. Conversions: Reece Hodge. Penalties: Reece Hodge (3). Yellow cards: Michael Hooper. Red cards: Lukhan Salakaia-Loto.

Argentina – Tries: Bautista Delguy. Conversions: Domingo Miotti. Penalties: Nicolas Sanchez, Domingo Miotti (2). Yellow cards: Marcos Kremer, Lucas Paulos.

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