The Wallabies managed to hold out a gutsy Argentina on the Gold Coast | Swptember 13, 2014

Influential captain Michael Hooper scored two of their tries

Influential captain Michael Hooper scored two of their tries

Bernard Foley was named Castrol EDGE AU stongest performer.

Bernard Foley was named Castrol EDGE AU stongest performer.

Some of the best moments Wallabies going froward, from the first half!

Some of the best moments Wallabies going froward, from the first half!

That's Folau palm!

That’s Folau palm!

Australia secured their second win of the Rugby Championship campaign on Saturday as they held out Argentina 32-25 at Cbus Super Stadium.

It wasn’t pretty as a slippery ball did not help the basics of the sides, with fumbles and stoppages a regular occurrence at the Gold Coast fixture.

However, the Wallabies got the job done against a side they also struggled against on home soil last year so they will be pleased to escape with a win.

Influential captain Michael Hooper scored two of their tries – coming either side of the break – while wing Peter Betham also crossed before a late Pumas onslaught left the home side sweating.

But they held on with a put-in delay from scrum-half Tomás Cubelli five metres out ultimately ending Argentina’s hopes of their first victory.

Wallabies hold off gutsy Pumas
Australia secured their second win of the Rugby Championship campaign on Saturday as they held out Argentina 32-25 at Cbus Super Stadium.

It wasn’t pretty as a slippery ball did not help the basics of the sides, with fumbles and stoppages a regular occurrence at the Gold Coast fixture.

However, the Wallabies got the job done against a side they also struggled against on home soil last year so they will be pleased to escape with a win.

Influential captain Michael Hooper scored two of their tries – coming either side of the break – while wing Peter Betham also crossed before a late Pumas onslaught left the home side sweating.

But they held on with a put-in delay from scrum-half Tomás Cubelli five metres out ultimately ending Argentina’s hopes of their first victory.

The game started in ideal fashion for Australia when captain Hooper sliced through a hole in midfield before reaching out for an unconverted score. That was his second try of the Rugby Championship as the flank’s speed in back play makes him a lethal running threat game after game.

Argentina hit back five minutes later though and in real style when Manuel Montero raced down the left touchline for a long-range score that saw him slip the attempted tackles of Betham, Hooper and Bernard Foley. His stock consequently shot up in the Australians’ eyes.

Unlike Foley before him, Sanchez landed his conversion to hand the Pumas a two-point lead while the much-talked about scrum was pretty even.

The Wallabies should have moved back in a poor first-half when Foley’s break saw him dummy instead of passing to Rob Horne, who had a clean route to the try-line from five metres out. From that breakdown, Nick Phipps had a score chalked off due to Hooper holding down Juan Imhoff.

Foley though would build some bridges before the break with two penalties that handed the Wallabies a 14-7 advantage going into the interval.

Unfortunately for the watching public on the Gold Coast, the opening quarter of the second stanza did not improve in terms of entertainment, despite Hooper’s second try being scored in the 43rd minute. That score came from a Montero mistake as he failed to gather Folau’s chip over.

Sanchez and Foley would then trade penalties before the hour but when Betham slid over on 60 minutes to make it 29-13, the game seemed gone.

But then came an impressive comeback from the Pumas as tries from Marcelo Bosch and Joaquín Tuculet in the 63rd and 70th minute respectively made it 29-25 with ten minutes left on the clock. Had Sanchez landed the second touchline conversion, hopes of an upset would have increased.

As it was, three points from Foley soon after the restart gave the Wallabies a seven-point buffer before Argentina missed a gilt-edged chance with four minutes to go, with Sanchez doing a Foley earlier as he failed to pass to his wing, Imhoff, who was under the uprights.

The scorers:

For Australia:
Tries: Hooper 2, Betham
Con: Foley
Pen: Foley 5

For Argentina:
Tries: Montero, Bosch, Tuculet
Con: Sanchez 2
Pen: Sanchez 2

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Peter Betham, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 James Horwill, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Matt Hodgson, 22 Nic White, 23 Kurtley Beale.

Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 6 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Mariano Galarza, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Matías Cortese, 17 Bruno Postiglioni, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Benjamin Macome, 20 Rodrigo Báez, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Jerónimo De la Fuente, 23 Lucas González Amorosino.

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Television match official: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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