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    Argentina vs Australia

    The Rugby Championship, 8 October, 2017

    Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
    Fulltime - Argentina 20, Australia 37
    Argentina   Australia
    20 FINAL SCORE 37
    2 TRIES 5
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Mathieu Raynal
    Touch judges: Jaco Peyper & Marius van der Westhuizen
    TMO: Marius Jonker

    Match result:

    It was a close affair between the Wallabies and Argentina for much of the match, but a late charge by the Wallabies has seen them come away the winners by 17 points.

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    Final score
    Argentina 20
    Wallabies 37

    Match preview:

    The Wallabies and Argentina are set to clash in the final match of this year’s Rugby Championship on Sunday morning at Estadio Malvinas in Argentina. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 9:30am (AEDT).

    Neither team has had an especially successful campaign in this year’s Championship and both will be wanting to wrap things up with a win and a good performance. With both teams touring the Northern Hemisphere this Spring, it’s important to kick off the momentum now before they head north.

    Argentine rugby is going through a tough time at the moment. The Jaguares have developed a reputation of all style and no substance in Super Rugby, and the previously feared national side has really lost its way since their semi-final appearance in the 2015 World Cup.

    There is much debate about the causes of the rot and the ways to turn things around but that’s a subject for another article. Today the Argentinians will need to focus on regaining the power of their set piece that seems to have abandoned them and maintain control and focus for the full 80 minutes.

    For the Wallabies, it’s a case of so close but so far this Championship.

    In three of their five matches, they have been in positions to win in the final five minutes of the game and yet not walked away with the victory.

    Two draws and an emotional loss to the All Blacks from these three games, coupled with the spanking the Wallabies received in game one, see them on just ten points and having only won one game.

    At the same time, there are Australian legends such as Nick Farr-Jones calling into doubt the mental toughness of the current team and the skill level of the top players.

    A good win in a hostile Mendoza will help to quieten these voices and build on what many others are seeing as reassuring improvements from the Wallabies.

    The fact that this is the first time coach Michael Cheika has picked the same starting 15 for two matches in a row since he took on the job should not be overlooked. While the results have not been as good as desired, arguably the performances by many of the men in gold are getting better.

    Players to watch
    Israel Folau will be hungry to continue his incredible scoring run and is chasing down the world record for most tries in a calendar year.

    Marika Koroibete will be excited about getting more match time, and with an arguably weaker opposition than last week, he will be looking to make a big impact.

    Jack Dempsey and Izack Rodda will also be keen to lock down their first team spot especially with the upcoming tour.

    For the Argentinians, it’s critical that Agustin Creevy lead by example both in terms of high-quality performance and controlled discipline.

    In fact the entire Pumas front row needs to set the tone creating a solid platform for the rest of the team to build from.

    Australia might be away from home but there’s little reason to think they won’t come away with a victory and take second place in the Championship.

    Australia to win by 12 points

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    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 12:40pm | ! Report


      Australia have beaten Argentina by 37 to 20 in the final game of this year’s Rugby Championship in Mendoza, Argentina. As a result the Wallabies finish up second behind the undefeated All Blacks and ahead of the Boks with the Pumas taking home the wooden spoon with 5 defeats from 5 matches.

      The scores were close throughout and with just twenty minutes to go it was locked up at 20-20 and both teams would have fancied their chances. But in that final quarter the Wallabies were able to put on two more tries through Genia and then Hodge, with Foley slotting the conversions and another penalty for good measure to give the visitors their second win of the Championship.

      In the lead up to the game there was talk about how important this dead rubber was for both sides. Neither has had the Championship they would have hoped for and so this was a chance to put in a good performance and build momentum and confidence ahead of their respective northern tours.

      The Wallabies will obviously be the happier of the two sides – winning by 17 away from home after a brutal last game at altitude against the Boks is not to be sneezed at. However in the review sessions next week there will be much to discuss and improvements that they will want to make ahead of a hard tour. They were favourites coming into the game but never really took control of the match.

      Genia played well as did Hodge. The latter will be hopeful that his two tries tonight lock his place in the tour starting fifteen. He was a persistent threat in attack, pretty solid in defence (although mainly untested) and his cannon of a boot is a great option.

      The veteran scrum half has arguably been the Wallabies’ player of the Championship. After the opener against the All Blacks were he drew much criticism he has got back to his best. The Rebels will be desperately hoping he can maintain this form into 2018.

      The forwards played well without doing anything remarkable. The potent Puma pack probably just got the better of them in the set piece but in the loose the Wallabies were much better. Dempsey looked good in the loose and was hard to tackle when he attacked the line and both Coleman and McMahon look like well established, high quality Wallabies who will be crucial to team over the coming years.

      The Aussies again scored from set piece moves on first phase ball which is impressive. At a point in the game when it should be man on man and relatively easy to cover the opposition, it’s impressive to find space to score. Genia’s try was a result of a great running line from Hodge – he took the ball at pace and sliced through the Pumas perfectly before giving a nice pass to his scrum half who went in unopposed. The crispness of these set piece moves from the Aussies is a joy to behold and tonight’s was almost as beautiful as their first try against the Boks in the previous match.

      Hooper needs to re think his view on taking points at key points in the game. Several times he refused to take easy 3 point opportunities and pushed for the try and several times it didn’t come off. Attacking intent is great but what was needed today was a professional performance from the Wallabies. There’s plenty of evidence to show that if you can get ahead of the Pumas early then they will start to force things and self-destruct. But if you give them the feeling that they are in the game then they can do crazy things, especially when counter attacking. It’s true that Foley didn’t have a great night off the kicking tee but Hooper had plenty of other options in Beale and Hodge, and he should have got the scoreboard ticking over early and regularly.

      On the other side Creevy was Argentina’s best player – he was solid in the set piece and fought hard at the breakdown scoring a couple of good steals at critical points. He’ll be gutted that his tiny knock on led to a great Puma try being disallowed though as it would have been a big swing in the game. He’ll be frustrated as well with the way that his team were their own worst enemy for much of the game and Championship.

      Today the Argentinians tackled their hearts out and were well organised in defence. But it was when they had the ball that they just couldn’t string together solid sets of attacking phases and put the Australians under consistent pressure. Simple ball retention in the loose and at the breakdown was poor and the home side gave the Aussies back the ball far too often. It could have been a very different end to the game if the Pumas had been able to force the Aussies to defend for longer periods – in the middle of the second half when the game was in the balance, many of the Wallabies were beginning to struggle as fatigue set in. If the Argentinians had been able to squeeze them even harder at this key point they could well have tipped the balance in their favour.

      Cheika will be the happier of the two coaches – this was the first time he’d picked the same team for two consecutive games and his team are definitely improving. But there’s a lot left to do for sure and it’ll be interesting to see how they perform against the All Blacks in the 3rd Bledisloe and the Spring Tour. If they can come away with 4 wins from the remaining 5 games in 2017 then it’ll have been a good year. Anything less than that and questions will be asked about whether it’s right to give a new coach time to get the Wallabies ready for the 2019 World Cup. For the Argentinians it was better but still not great. For them though the bigger questions are probably to do with their underlying rugby structures – if they can’t figure them out soon then the Pumas are unlikely to threaten the semi finals again for quite a while.

      • Roar Guru

        Carlos the Argie said | 12:53pm | ! Report

        OK, OK, everyone is enamored of Creepy. I think that in attack he is basically useless. Most teams know he will get the ball from rucks so he is marked carefully.

        I have not seen the statistics yet but I think he did not achieve many meters with the ball in hand.

        If the Pumas insist on attacking with Creevy and/or Matera from rucks, they will constantly continue to go nowhere.

        This is a team with little imagination, poor skills, poor tactical acumen, poor tackling, poor discipline built they get very emotional when the sing the anthem.

        Serious changes are required.

        Passion is not a strategy.

        • Roar Guru

          Oliver Matthews said | 8:28pm | ! Report

          I think you’re right about serious changes but I think those changes are needed at more of a governance/policy level for the Pumas/Argentinian Rugby. They cannot just rely upon the Jags as their source of international talent.

          The Jags are basically the Pumas in different shirts. They have spent all season being pumped in almost every single Super Rugby game and then they are expected to perform on the international stage??!?!?!!? Makes no sense.

          I know that there are risks with letting players go overseas and still be eligible for international selection but the Argentinians have to rethink this. Otherwise they are going to drift away into international mediocrity.

          Being part of the Rugby Championship could be a great thing for the Pumas but only if the next level down is made more competitive

    • 11:42am
      cowcorner said | 11:42am | ! Report

      Good win! Please persevere with Hodge! Looking forward to AB’s at Suncorp in 2 weeks to really gauge how well the Wallabies are going!

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 11:41am | ! Report

      Well I have to say that was a strange game to watch.

      There were some lovely moments from both sides and while the Aussies were definitely in charge for most of the second half they never really looked totally in control.

      The Pumas will be so frustrated. It was 20 all and they had so much to play for but they just kept handing the ball back to the Aussies and it’s bloody hard to score points if you don’t have the ball.

      More thoughts to come in the Match Report but for now the Aussies have picked up a solid but not convincing win over the Pumas in Mendoza.

      Tries – Alemanno, de la Fuente
      Conversions – Sanchez (2)
      Penalties – Sanchez (2)

      Tries – Koroibete, Hodge (2), Foley, Genia
      Conversions – Foley (3)
      Penalties – Foley (2)

      • 11:46pm
        Drongo said | 11:46pm | ! Report

        It was only close because of Foleys poor kicking. Australia was in control for most of the match.

    • Roar Guru

      Cadfael said | 11:41am | ! Report

      A win but I wouldn’t be too enamoured of it. 20 all with less than 20 minutes to go. Two tries in this last period, one wnen the Argies were down a player. Too many mistakes. The Wallabies had it all, penalties 14-10, territory over 60 percent, possession nearly 70%. They break away at the end of the game. We should be taking points when on offer, Hooper has to be the first player picked but he is not a captain. I think they will be in trouble for the northern tour.

    • 11:40am
      Ouch said | 11:40am | ! Report

      Nice to see a Wallaby number 6 that can run

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 11:36am | ! Report

      FINAL SCORE – Argentina 20 – Australia 37!

      The Aussies claim second place in the Rugby Championship in 2017 with South Africa in third and the Pumas at the bottom. Of course the All Blacks sit undefeated on top again.

    • 11:36am
      Carlos the Argie said | 11:36am | ! Report

      Thanks Oliver! Embarrassing Pumas. Shameful. It’s Highlander’s fault. ?

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 11:35am | ! Report

      No they can’t – Kerevi is tackled into touch near the Puma line, the ref thinks about allowing the line out to happen and then realises it’s probably time to just go home and blows the final whistle

    • Roar Guru

      Oliver Matthews said | 11:34am | ! Report

      But again they cough it up and the Aussies attack down the right wing – can they get one more score???

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