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The Rugby Championship, Sunday, 6 October 2013 - Round 6 - Estadio Gigante de Arroyito

Time
80.00
Team
Argentina
Score
17
Team
Australia
Score
54
Argentina versus Australia
Players Bosch (37min), Landajo (49min) Tries 2 Tries 7 Players Folau (3min, 35min, 42min), Ashley-Cooper (33min), Tomane (64min), Robinson (74min), Foley (79min)
Players Sanchez 2/2 (100%) Conversions 2 Conversions 5 Players Cooper 1/2 (50%), Lealiifano 2/3 (66%), Foley 2/2 (100%)
Players Sanchez 1/1 (100%) Penalty goals 1 Penalty goals 3 Players Cooper 1/1 (100%), Lealiifano 2/2 (100%)
Players Drop goals 0 Drop goals 0 Players

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Match Tracker

Argentina vs. Australia

  1. 1 minute Argentina: Substitution Off Agustin Creevy Argentina: Substitution Off Nahuel Lobo Argentina: Substitution Off Matias Diaz Argentina: Substitution Off Manuel Carizza Argentina: Substitution Off Benjamin Macome Argentina: Substitution Off Tomas Cubelli Argentina: Substitution Off Santiago Fernandez Argentina: Substitution Off Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino Australia: Substitution Off Saia Faingaa Australia: Substitution Off Benn Robinson Australia: Substitution Off Sekope Kepu Australia: Substitution Off Sitaleki Timani Australia: Substitution Off Ben McCalman Australia: Substitution Off Nic White Australia: Substitution Off Matt Toomua Australia: Substitution Off Bernard Foley
  2. 2 minute
  3. 3 minute Australia: Try Israel Folau
  4. 4 minute
  5. 5 minute Australia: Conversion Christian Lealiifano
  6. 6 minute
  7. 7 minute
  8. 8 minute
  9. 9 minute
  10. 10 minute
  11. 11 minute
  12. 12 minute
  13. 13 minute
  14. 14 minute
  15. 15 minute Australia: Yellow Card James Slipper Australia: Substitution Off James Slipper
  16. 16 minute Australia: Substitution Off Scott Fardy Australia: Substitution On Benn Robinson
  17. 17 minute
  18. 18 minute
  19. 19 minute
  20. 20 minute
  21. 21 minute
  22. 22 minute
  23. 23 minute
  24. 24 minute
  25. 25 minute Australia: Penalty Goal Christian Lealiifano
  26. 26 minute Australia: Substitution On James Slipper Australia: Substitution On Scott Fardy Australia: Substitution Off Benn Robinson
  27. 27 minute
  28. 28 minute
  29. 29 minute Argentina: Penalty Goal Nicolas Sanchez
  30. 30 minute
  31. 31 minute Argentina: Yellow Card Pablo Matera Argentina: Substitution Off Pablo Matera
  32. 32 minute Australia: Penalty Goal Christian Lealiifano
  33. 33 minute Australia: Try Adam Ashley-Cooper
  34. 34 minute
  35. 35 minute Australia: Try Israel Folau
  36. 36 minute Australia: Conversion Christian Lealiifano
  37. 37 minute Argentina: Try Marcelo Bosch
  38. 38 minute Argentina: Conversion Nicolas Sanchez
  39. 39 minute
  40. HT Half time

Argentina vs. Australia

Argentina vs. Australia

  1. 41 minute Argentina: Substitution On Pablo Matera Australia: Substitution Off Christian Lealiifano Australia: Substitution On Matt Toomua
  2. 42 minute Australia: Try Israel Folau
  3. 43 minute Australia: Conversion Quade Cooper
  4. 44 minute
  5. 45 minute
  6. 46 minute Argentina: Substitution Off Juan Pablo Orlandi Argentina: Substitution On Matias Diaz
  7. 47 minute
  8. 48 minute Argentina: Substitution Off Julio Farias Cabello Argentina: Substitution On Manuel Carizza Australia: Substitution Off Stephen Moore Australia: Substitution Off Ben Alexander Australia: Substitution On Saia Faingaa Australia: Substitution On Sekope Kepu
  9. 49 minute Argentina: Try Martin Landajo
  10. 50 minute Argentina: Conversion Nicolas Sanchez
  11. 51 minute Australia: Yellow Card Rob Simmons Australia: Substitution Off Rob Simmons
  12. 52 minute
  13. 53 minute
  14. 54 minute
  15. 55 minute
  16. 56 minute Australia: Penalty Goal Quade Cooper
  17. 57 minute
  18. 58 minute
  19. 59 minute
  20. 60 minute
  21. 61 minute Australia: Substitution Off James Slipper Australia: Substitution On Rob Simmons Australia: Substitution Off James Horwill Australia: Substitution On Benn Robinson Australia: Substitution On Sitaleki Timani
  22. 62 minute
  23. 63 minute
  24. 64 minute Australia: Try Joseph Tomane
  25. 65 minute
  26. 66 minute Australia: Substitution Off Quade Cooper Australia: Substitution On Bernard Foley
  27. 67 minute Argentina: Substitution Off Felipe Contepomi Argentina: Substitution On Santiago Fernandez Argentina: Substitution Off Eusebio Guinazu Argentina: Substitution Off Juan Jose Imhoff Argentina: Substitution On Agustin Creevy Argentina: Substitution On Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino
  28. 68 minute
  29. 69 minute
  30. 70 minute Australia: Substitution Off Scott Fardy Australia: Substitution On Ben McCalman
  31. 71 minute
  32. 72 minute
  33. 73 minute Argentina: Substitution Off Marcos Ayerza Argentina: Substitution Off Martin Landajo Argentina: Substitution On Nahuel Lobo Argentina: Substitution On Tomas Cubelli
  34. 74 minute Australia: Try Benn Robinson
  35. 75 minute Australia: Conversion Bernard Foley
  36. 76 minute Argentina: Substitution Off Juan Manuel Leguizamon Argentina: Substitution On Benjamin Macome Australia: Substitution Off Will Genia Australia: Substitution On Nic White
  37. 77 minute
  38. 78 minute
  39. 79 minute Australia: Try Bernard Foley
  40. FT Full time Australia: Conversion Bernard Foley

Argentina vs. Australia

Statistics

Match Statistics
ArgentinaAustralia

1 Marcos Ayerza

Substitution Off
1

1 James Slipper

Yellow Card
1
Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

2 Eusebio Guinazu

Substitution Off
1

2 Stephen Moore

Substitution Off
1

3 Juan Pablo Orlandi

Substitution Off
1

3 Ben Alexander

Substitution Off
1

4 Julio Farias Cabello

Substitution Off
1

4 Rob Simmons

Yellow Card
1
Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

5 Patricio Albacete

5 James Horwill

Substitution Off
1

6 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe

6 Scott Fardy

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
2

7 Pablo Matera

Yellow Card
1
Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

7 Michael Hooper

8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon

Substitution Off
1

8 Ben Mowen

9 Martin Landajo

Try
1
Substitution Off
1

9 Will Genia

Substitution Off
1

10 Nicolas Sanchez

Conversion
2
Penalty Goal
1

10 Quade Cooper

Conversion
1
Penalty Goal
1
Substitution Off
1

11 Juan Jose Imhoff

Substitution Off
1

11 Joseph Tomane

Try
1

12 Felipe Contepomi

Substitution Off
1

12 Christian Lealiifano

Conversion
2
Penalty Goal
2
Substitution Off
1

13 Marcelo Bosch

Try
1

13 Tevita Kuridrani

14 Horacio Agulla

14 Adam Ashley-Cooper

Try
1

15 Juan Martin Hernandez

15 Israel Folau

Try
3
Match Statistics
Argentina Reserves Australia Reserves

Agustin Creevy

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Saia Faingaa

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Nahuel Lobo

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Benn Robinson

Try
1
Substitution On
2
Substitution Off
2

Matias Diaz

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Sekope Kepu

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Manuel Carizza

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Sitaleki Timani

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Benjamin Macome

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Ben McCalman

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Tomas Cubelli

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Nic White

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Santiago Fernandez

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Matt Toomua

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino

Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Bernard Foley

Try
1
Conversion
2
Substitution On
1
Substitution Off
1

Argentina vs Australia

  • Possession

    Argentina 45%
    45% 55%
    Australia 55%
  • Rucks/mauls

    Argentina 68
    53% 47%
    Australia 60
  • Line breaks

    Argentina 9
    43% 57%
    Australia 12
  • Offloads

    Argentina 17
    49% 51%
    Australia 18
  • Scrum wins

    Argentina 8
    73% 27%
    Australia 3
  • Scrums won against head

    Argentina 0
    0% 100%
    Australia 1
  • Lineout wins

    Argentina 8
    38% 62%
    Australia 13
  • Lineouts won against throw

    Argentina 1
    50% 50%
    Australia 1
  • Runs

    Argentina 94
    51% 49%
    Australia 91
  • Run metres

    Argentina 683m
    46% 54%
    Australia 790m
  • Kicks

    Argentina 11
    41% 59%
    Australia 16
  • Kick metres

    Argentina 301m
    39% 61%
    Australia 477m
  • Tackles made

    Argentina 89
    44% 56%
    Australia 113
  • Tackles missed

    Argentina 33
    52% 48%
    Australia 30
  • Turnovers

    Argentina 16
    53% 47%
    Australia 14
  • Penalties conceded

    Argentina 8
    42% 58%
    Australia 11
  • |
    Argentina statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS MTRS TACK MI.TA OFLD KICKS TRY.A LI.BR RUCK T.O
    Marcos Ayerza LHP 72 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Eusebio Guinazu HOOK 67 4 11 5 1 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Juan Pablo Orlandi THP 45 1 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Julio Farias Cabello LCK1 47 2 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Patricio Albacete LCK2 80 3 14 12 1 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe BSFL 80 9 56 9 2 2 0 0 0 7 1
    Pablo Matera OSFL 70 8 36 4 1 2 0 0 0 6 1
    Juan Manuel Leguizamon NUM8 75 11 69 7 6 2 0 1 1 9 4
    Martin Landajo HB 72 5 22 2 2 0 1 0 1 2 1
    Nicolas Sanchez FIV8 80 9 62 10 3 4 1 0 0 3 3
    Juan Jose Imhoff LWNG 67 8 62 3 1 3 0 0 1 6 0
    Felipe Contepomi ICEN 67 2 26 6 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
    Marcelo Bosch OCEN 80 8 124 12 3 0 1 0 3 5 0
    Horacio Agulla RWNG 80 8 78 3 2 0 1 0 1 6 3
    Juan Martin Hernandez FBCK 80 5 37 0 2 1 6 0 1 2 0
    Agustin Creevy RHKR 13 1 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Nahuel Lobo RPRP 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matias Diaz RLCK 35 1 6 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Manuel Carizza RFL 33 3 12 4 2 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Benjamin Macome RHB 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tomas Cubelli RBCK 8 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Santiago Fernandez RES1 14 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino RES2 13 3 50 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
    Australia statistics
    Players POS MIN RUNS MTRS TACK MI.TA OFLD KICKS TRY.A LI.BR RUCK T.O
    James Slipper LHP 50 2 5 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Stephen Moore HOOK 47 4 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
    Ben Alexander THP 47 2 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Rob Simmons LCK1 70 3 12 7 2 0 0 0 0 3 1
    James Horwill LCK2 60 2 7 6 2 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Scott Fardy BSFL 60 4 51 14 1 0 0 0 1 4 0
    Michael Hooper OSFL 80 5 62 13 0 1 0 0 1 4 1
    Ben Mowen NUM8 80 6 27 11 2 1 0 0 0 5 2
    Will Genia HB 75 5 25 4 0 2 9 0 0 3 1
    Quade Cooper FIV8 66 6 39 7 0 4 3 1 0 3 1
    Joseph Tomane LWNG 80 12 163 1 0 5 1 2 4 5 0
    Christian Lealiifano ICEN 40 2 4 4 1 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Tevita Kuridrani OCEN 80 11 117 8 5 2 0 0 1 7 1
    Adam Ashley-Cooper RWNG 80 4 43 4 5 0 1 0 0 3 1
    Israel Folau FBCK 80 6 104 1 1 1 0 1 4 1 3
    Saia Faingaa RHKR 33 2 11 6 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Benn Robinson RPRP 30 3 9 3 1 0 0 0 1 2 0
    Sekope Kepu RLCK 33 2 6 3 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Sitaleki Timani RFL 20 3 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Ben McCalman RHB 11 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Nic White RBCK 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Toomua RES1 40 1 10 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
    Bernard Foley RES2 15 3 61 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0

    Latest Comments

    • 28 minutes gone, Cooper trying his hardest to keep the Pumas in the game.

      matt | October 06, 2013, 10:13AM
    • 30 minutes in , penalty 5 meters out, Argentina down to 14 men.....Australia choose to kick a 3 pointer...that's how much confidence they have in their forwards.

      paul | October 06, 2013, 10:19AM
    • Why would he go back more to the point... He just played in agentina at one of the great stadiums in world. You will lose sbw as well on Monday too. When you can play against the best in the world ...

      Tim | October 06, 2013, 1:07PM
    • Why would Izzy stay in union now ? 2 tries today so far.... can write his own cheque in returning to league.....and leave the Wallaby losers behind.

      Tony | October 06, 2013, 10:26AM
    • Looking forward to the AB's vs Wallabies in good old Dunners. Will be a ding-dong battle as always.

      Rugbyhead | October 06, 2013, 10:44AM

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    Top Players

    Tackles
    Player name Scott Fardy 14
    Offloads
    Player name Joseph Tomane 5
    Kicks
    Player name Will Genia 9
    Runs
    Player name Joseph Tomane 12
    Metres
    Player name Joseph Tomane 163
    Line Breaks
    Player name Joseph Tomane 4

    Match Details

    Start time:
    9:40am
    Weather:
    Fine
    Surface:
    Good
    Referee:
    Wayne Barnes
    Touch Judges:
    Jaco Peyper, Leighton Hodges
    Video Ref:
    B Skeen

    Live: Argentina v Wallabies

    Date

    Rugby Heaven brings you full, live coverage as the Wallabies look to avoid the wooden spoon.

    Will Genia is tackled by Juan Leguizamon. Click for more photos

    Wallabies blow away Argentina

    Will Genia is tackled by Juan Leguizamon. Photo: AFP

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    Fulltime: Great win by the Wallabies. There are question marks over the defence still but everything else was fantastic.

    When the ARU talks of playing the running game, that's what they are talking about. Will Genia was back to his best, Israel Folau showed what a threat he is with the ball in hand and in space. Joe Tomane made line break after line break as well. Quade Cooper did some good things too, which outweighed the two terrible mistakes he made.

    Kuridrani, Ashley-Cooper and Lealiifano also did their bit too.

    The forwards were good, particularly the flankers Hooper and Fardy. The scrum held up to the early pressure and then in the back half of the game asserted some dominance. The lineout was good and the work over the ball at the breakdown was outstanding.

    Ewen McKenzie should be well pleased.

    79th min: What a try by Bernard Foley. The Wallabies go 95 metres. It started with a bust by Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, his pass goes to ground and Nic White started the counter-attack. Foley srpead the ball to Kuridrani and then on to Tomane who chipped ahead regathered and offloaded to Foley who converts his own try. ARGENTINA 17 AUSTRALIA 54

    74th min: Try number six for the Wallabies and it was Benn Robinson who barged over. It started with a big scrum by the Wallabies, followed by a line break by Michael Hooper and a telling charge by Timani. Foley converts. ARGENTINA 17 AUSTRALIA 47. Genia off, White on.

    67th min: Felipe Contepomi is off. Farewell to a rugby great. There are emotional embraces on the sidelines. Foley is at five-eighth.

    65th min: Cooper misses the conversion from the sideline. ARGENTINA 17 AUSTRALIA 40. Bernard Foley on for his Test debut. Well deserved.

    64th min: Joe Tomane take a bow. He has made so many line breaks today with no result but he has swooped on a loose ball and run 60 metres to score. The Wallabies defence has been suspect tonight but the Pumas line break that preceded the fatal error featured magical hands.

    62nd min: Scott Fardy earns the turnover penalty for the Wallabies.

    60th min: The Pumas make another break from a poor midfield kick by Tomane. A crucial intercept of a grubber kick by Folau defuses the situation but it is a knock-on. Benn Robinson is on for Slipper. Timani is one for Horwill.

    59th min: Martin Landajo receives a warning for stamping on Ashley-Cooper's and Faingaa's hands.

    58th min: The Wallabies gave a penalty away, the Pumas take a quick tap but from the ensuing breakdown they concede the penalty. Adam Ashley-Cooper is fired up about something. Wayne Barnes is having a look.

    56th min: Cooper kicks the penalty. ARGENTINA 17 AUSTRALIA 35.

    55th min: I have seen it all now. The Wallabies get a scrum penalty right in front.

    54th min: Joe Tomane splits them wide open after a great pass by a sniping Will Genia but Michael Hooper drops a sitter.

    53rd min: Great defence by the Wallabies as Toomua and Kuridrani drive the Pumas back and earn the penalty.

    52nd min: James Horwill spoils the lineout but a poor kick by Cooper keeps the Pumas on the attack.

    52nd min: Simmons is off for 10 minutes and Contepomi is up and well.

    51st min: Trouble for the Wallabies. Felipe Contepomi looks like he is going to be helped from the field in his final Test after Rob Simmons hits him late.

    49th min: That is a try to halfback Martin Landajo with a simple pick and go. Sanchez converts. ARGENTINA 17 AUSTRALIA 32.

    49th min: That looks like a try to the Pumas. Wayne Barnes is unsighted so goes upstairs.

    49th min: Again the Pumas bust the Wallabies line and they are less than a metre out.

    46th min: Kepu on for Alexander and Faingaa for Moore. Toomua replaced Lealiifano at halftime.

    46th min: The Wallabies will win this game and they may win comfortably but the Pumas are finding holes in their defence at will.

    Some stats courtesy of Fox Sports. Wallabies missed 14 tackles in the first half. This is the first time they have scored four tries since playing Russia at the World Cup and Folau's hat-trick is the first by a Wallaby since Adam Ashley-Cooper against USA also at the World Cup.

    42nd min: That didn't take long. Israel Folau has a hat-trick after stepping through the Argentinian defence. Quade Cooper converts with Lealiifano off the field. ARGENTINA 10 AUSTRALIA 32

    Israel Folau crosses for the opening try.

    Israel Folau crosses for the opening try. Photo: AFP

    HALFTIME: The Wallabies take a commanding lead at the break and when you consider that the Springboks trailled at halftime and the All Blacks trailled early in the second-half in their games in Argentina, that is a good result.

    But the defence of both sides has been far from world class and the Wallabies should not get too carried away. The Pumas have been finding space and splitting their defensive line with too much ease.

    The Wallabies scrum has been solid enough although the Pumas are clearly ascendent there, and both teams' lineouts are untroubled.

    Will Genia, Christian Lealiifano, Israel Folau, Michael Hooper and Adam Ashley-Cooper have been outstanding for the Wallabies while Tevita Kuridrani and Joe Tomane have had their moments.

    38th min: Sanchez converts. ARGENTINA 10 AUSTRALIA 25

    37th min: Anything you can do I can do better, says Marcello Bosch as he steps past Folau and Genia to score under the posts. The Wallabies have been good at most things today but their defence has been far short of world class.

    35th min: ISRAEL FOLAU what a step. Rob Simmons put the fullback through a gaping hole and he steps past Horacio Agulla as if he was not there. Lealiifano makes not mistake with the conversions. ARGENTINA 3 AUSTRALIA 25.

    34th min: Lealiifano misses. ARGENTINA 3 AUSTRALIA 18

    35th min: And it is a try to the Wallabies. Wayne Barnes blows the whistle.

    34th min: Do we have a try to the Wallabies? Lealiifano is up again and Folau and Genia set up Adam Ashley-Cooper for a try. The TMO is checking for a potential knock on two phases back.

    33rd min: Problems for the Wallabies. Kuridrani badly misses Hernandez in defence and he offloads to Horacio Agulla who is brought down by Lealiifano who stays down.

    31st min: Straight through the middle by Lealiifano from the sidelines. ARGENTINA 3 AUSTRALIA 13

    32nd min: No penalty try but it is a penalty and Matera is shown a yellow card.

    31st min: Scott Fardy charges through and he is brought down just metres short. But hold on Wayne Barnes is checking on a no-arms tackle by Pablo Matera.

    30th min: The Pumas are makring breaks at will. This time they pour through in their own 22 and Juan Manuel Leguizamon charges upfield but a misdrected pass goes out.

    28th min: Nicolas Sanchez makes no mistake. ARGENTINA 3 AUSTRALIA 10.

    27th min: The good and bad of Quade Cooper comes to the fore. He throws an impossible ball and the Pumas intercept it and are on the attack. Eventually the penalty is conceded with James Horwill entering the ruck offside. This should be three points for the Pumas.

    26th min: Australia back to 15 with Slipper coming on for Robinson after his yellow card and Fardy returns.

    25th min: The Wallabies forwards charge at the Pumas defence and eventually they earn the penalty right in front with Pumas using their hands in the ruck. Lealiifano makes no mistake. ARGENTINA 0 AUSTRALIA 10

    24th min: The Wallabies turn it over at the scrum and counter-attack. They probe the fringes but eventually earn a lineout throw 30 metres out.

    23rd min: Wallabies make their first mistake at the lineout. Scrum on halfway.

    22nd min: Tough penalty against the Pumas. They break away from a kick return but from the next phase the penalty is conceded.

    20th min: Wallabies scrum holds firm again but the Pumas safely find touch.

    19th min: Good continuity by the Wallabies. They went through nine phases and Quade Cooper nearly sneaks through but eventually the Pumas hold up a maul and win the scrum feed inside their own 22.

    16th min: Benn Robinson comes on for Scott Fardy as Adam Ashley-Cooper plays at No.6. Michael Hooper comes up with ball and Genia clears it. And the replacement Robinson earns the penalty at the breakdown.

    15th min: Another penalty and it is James Slipper receives a yellow card but no penalty try.

    14th min: Another scrum reset. If the Wallabies hold on this time it would be a turning point. But wait, it is another penalty, the saving grace for the Wallabies is that they engaged early.

    13th min: Wallabies are on notice now. Another penalty. Yellow card and penalty try awaits if this scrum goes down.

    11th min: The Wallabies scrum holds on but it is another penalty to the Pumas with Ben Mowen offside. Another scrum.

    10th min: The Wallabies hold on but Wayne Barnes gives a penalty. The Pumas inched forward and the Wallabies popped (slighty).

    8th min: Pressure for the Wallabies. Quade Cooper tries a silly grubber from a turnover and is toed through by Contepomi and Cooper cleans up but carries the ball into the in-goal area. Five-metre scrum.

    6th min: Great play by both teams. The Wallabies counter attack from a midfield kick and Quade Cooper sends an outrageous pass to Kuridrani who nearly gets outside his man but is just brought down. Another scrum and a free kick to the Pumas.

    5th min: Running rugby is back folks as Michael Hooper makes a break. There is a scrum and Australia hold their own. This is a positive start.

    3rd min: Great start for the Wallabies. It is Israel Folau. It was a solid start with a safe catch from the kick off and since then it has been the Joe Tomane show. He made on break and then threw an inside ball for Israel Folau to score his fifth Test try. Lealiifano converts from the sideline. AUSTRALIA 7 ARGENTINA 0.

    PREVIEW

    Full-back Israel Folau has been given a license to thrill Saturday as Australia seek to avoid the humiliation of becoming Rugby Championship wooden spoonists.

    The Wallabies have just four points and hosts Argentina two going into the final fixture of the southern hemisphere national team tournament season.

    Whoever wins at the 42,000-seat Estadio Gigante de Arroyito finishes third in a competition completed by New Zealand and South Africa, who clash earlier Saturday in a title decider.

    Argentina coach Santiago Phelan hopes his pack can lay the foundations for a first Championship victory after one draw and 10 losses during two seasons since debuting.

    But Australia coach Ewen McKenzie has had a tactical change of heart and wants Folau and other backs to try and run the home side off their feet in Rosario.

    McKenzie opted for a predominantly field-kicking approach against South Africa last weekend with disastrous consequences as his team turned over 20 points behind and lost by the same margin.

    Amid increasing frustration after a fourth defeat in five outings since replacing New Zealander Robbie Deans in mid-year, the Wallabies handler has made a significant change.

    Out goes kick-biased scrum-half Nic White and back comes former skipper Will Genia, signalling the adventurous intent of the visitors.

    Folau, scorer of the lone Australian try in a dour 14-13 home win over Argentina last month, is excited at the prospect of more ball-in-hand time.

    "I thought we were a lot better in the second half against the Springboks when we started to run the ball," he told reporters.

    "The issue is finding the right balance -- running when the opportunity arises and kicking for field position when necessary.

    "I must try and react to what the opposition presents. I believe that is the best way to play rugby -- playing what happens in front of you.

    "We have got some great players in our team who can score tries and finish good movements," added the 24-year-old who made his Test debut this year.

    Argentina captain and flanker Juan Manuel Fernandez Lobbe wishes for a different outcome with his pack controlling play and limiting Australian running opportunities.

    He will draw encouragement from a 33-15 loss to New Zealand in La Plata last weekend, especially several scrum surges during the opening half.

    A late blow for the Pumas was the withdrawal of prop Juan Figallo through a back injury with Juan Pablo Orlandi taking over and Matias Diaz added to the replacements.

    "Our defence continues to be very good and our discipline has improved immensely as we gave away fewer penalties than our opponents in all five games," noted Lobbe.

    But he was concerned by the lack of try-scoring chances against the All Blacks with the Pumas backs tending to run at opponents rather than seeking space.

    "We were not able to create try-scoring opportunities and that is an aspect of our game that must improve," he stressed.

    Argentina have scored just five tries in as many Championship Tests this year, and three came from No. 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon.

    Argentina: Juan Martin Hernandez; Horacio Agulla, Marcelo Bosch, Felipe Contepomi, Juan Imhoff; Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Pablo Matera, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (capt); Patricio Albacete, Julio Farias Cabello;Juan Pablo Orlandi, Eusebio Guinazu, Marcos Ayerza

    Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Nahuel Lobo, Matias Diaz, Manuel Carizza, Benjamin Macome, Tomas Cubelli, Santiago Fernandez, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino

    Coach: Santiago Phelan

    Australia: Israel Folau; Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Leali'ifano, Joe Tomane; Quade Cooper, Will Genia; Ben Mowen, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy; James Horwill (capt), Rob Simmons; Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, James Slipper

    Replacements: Saia Fainga'a, Benn Robinson, Sekope Kepu, Sitaleki Timani, Ben McCalman, Nic White, Matt Toomua, Bernard Foley

    Coach: Ewen McKenzie

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    • Wallabies, One swallow does not a summer make. Argentina are the minnows of Super Rugby and this takes a lot of the gloss off the win. Like taking candy from a baby you might say!

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      Date and time
      October 06, 2013, 1:37PM
      • Fail...and you'd be the expert when it comes to taking candy from a baby!

        Commenter
        Machooka
        Location
        inner west Sydney
        Date and time
        October 06, 2013, 4:32PM
    • Great result although who knows what the argies we're playing at. Let's hope for a humble post game response, an awareness of the issues they still have and the tougher tests ahead of them.

      Commenter
      Desperateforawin
      Location
      London
      Date and time
      October 06, 2013, 12:04PM
    • Very good performance by Will Genia.He has to be in the starting XV for this team to have any chance of being competitive against better opposition..

      Commenter
      Parto
      Location
      Date and time
      October 06, 2013, 11:56AM
    • CHICKEN LITTLES, you know who you are. We've been taking all your negative comments about our coach and players. Suck it up. 54-17.

      Commenter
      CannonballKoala
      Date and time
      October 06, 2013, 11:39AM
      • Yeah, because all we ever wanted out of the 2013 season was to beat Argentina...

        Commenter
        Smallmercies
        Location
        Date and time
        October 06, 2013, 12:14PM
    • C'mon Wallabies...run them off ther feet in the 2nd half. Trust your man...go well !

      Commenter
      Machooka
      Location
      inner west Sydney
      Date and time
      October 06, 2013, 10:36AM
      • There you go...who said it couldn't be done !
        Well done Wallabies and put this game down as a 'marker' for the future. Those mighty ABs are next.

        Congrats to Phillipe Contepomi ...a Bargies legend

        Commenter
        Machooka
        Location
        inner west Sydney
        Date and time
        October 06, 2013, 11:35AM
    • That step by Folau to score was outstanding. Then not a minute later he has the favour returned by Marcelo Bosch.

      But, our defence is sh*#thouse... the Argies are still on this match.

      Commenter
      Brumbies2014
      Date and time
      October 06, 2013, 10:32AM
    • The game on Oct 19th against the All Blacks will be sickening. The collateral damage may be unfixable. The lack of defense from the Wallaby's is pathetic and Cooper is still far too lose a cannon to have any impact on New Zealand.

      Commenter
      RTP.
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      October 06, 2013, 10:31AM
      • Looking forward to the AB's vs Wallabies in good old Dunners. Will be a ding-dong battle as always.

        Commenter
        Rugbyhead
        Location
        PNG
        Date and time
        October 06, 2013, 10:44AM
    • Why would Izzy stay in union now ? 2 tries today so far.... can write his own cheque in returning to league.....and leave the Wallaby losers behind.

      Commenter
      Tony
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 06, 2013, 10:26AM
      • Why would he go back more to the point... He just played in agentina at one of the great stadiums in world. You will lose sbw as well on Monday too. When you can play against the best in the world at places like Durban, Auckland, London, Paris, Cardiff Dublin. Why would you wxnt to go and play in small towns across Australia....

        Commenter
        Tim
        Date and time
        October 06, 2013, 1:07PM
    • 30 minutes in , penalty 5 meters out, Argentina down to 14 men.....Australia choose to kick a 3 pointer...that's how much confidence they have in their forwards.

      Commenter
      paul
      Date and time
      October 06, 2013, 10:19AM
    • 28 minutes gone, Cooper trying his hardest to keep the Pumas in the game.

      Commenter
      matt
      Date and time
      October 06, 2013, 10:13AM

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