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Monday, October 07, 2013

The Wallabies run riot in Rosario with big win over Argentina

The Wallabies surprised everyone by running riot in Rosario, beating Argentina 54-17 to keep Los Pumas winless in the Rugby Championship. Israel Folau scored a hat-trick as Ewen McKenzie's chargers restored some pride after a disappointing few months.

Australia would have dropped to sixth on the IRB World Rankings if they'd lost this one, but an impressive performance away from home helped McKenzie avoid becoming the first Wallabies coach to pick up a Rugby Championship wooden spoon.

It was their biggest victory over Argentina in 21 Tests, since they first met in 1979.

Fullback Folau picked up three tries and contributed to a few others as the visitors found gaps in the hosts' defence, with Joe Tomane also looking good with ball in hand.

"It's a real confidence booster for us. We're very, very happy with the result," said captain James Horwill. "We've been working very hard and it's good to see some of the things we've been working on come off. We're really pleased to get the result, especially over here in Rosario."

Felipe Contepomi made his farewell after a record 87 Test caps and 651 points, but it wasn't a game he will remember fondly after being hit off the ball by Rob Simmons, who was yellow carded.

"Congratulations to Australia, they came here against the wall and they played great rugby,'' said Argentina captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.

The Wallabies have one more big challenge before their overseas tour, as they travel to Dunedin to take on the All Blacks in the final Bledisloe Cup Test in two weeks time.

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stroudos October 07, 2013 2:20 pm

First half highlights = the Israel Folau Show.
Bloke seemed to be everywhere!

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skay2k October 07, 2013 9:58 pm

Good to see the Aussies put in a performance.
On a side note, the Australian commentators are unbearable.

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Reality October 07, 2013 10:39 pm

I love the way Folau throws the ball away in triumph when he scores but on the second one it bounces back into him and on the third he ends up hitting himself in the head.

I wonder though have the Wallabies turned a corner or were Argentina just crap. I suppose a bit of both, although I'm more inclined to think it's the latter. Argentina seem to be overtaking France as the enigma team of international rugby.

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flanker2712 October 07, 2013 11:19 pm

Having watched the entire game, I'd tend to agree that Argentina played crap (and they'd probably not take too much offence at that statement). It's always difficult to gauge how much one team's crapness is a direct result of the other team's performance levels, but my overall impression after this game was that Argentina made it difficult for themselves. I have not seen the official statistics for the game so may be wrong, but it seemed like they missed an extraordinary number of tackles and were guilty of lots of handling errors in attack. The highlight reel doesn't show it, but a number of the Aussie tries came immediately after the Argies were in promising attacking positions and contrived to knock on or throw a loose pass - within one or two phases, the Aussies had scored.

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flacointheus October 08, 2013 6:05 am

Well said flanker2712. I agree with your comments.
I feel this game in particular was a humbling experience for the Pumas and argentinians rugby fans like myself. We still have a lot of work to do, the argentinian rugby union, the players, the fans. I'm still proud of the team though, I think that all thinks considered the Pumas played well both games against the All Blacks and also the second game against the Springboks and the first one against Australia. I'm also glad that apparently those kids with lasers learned how to behave during a rugby game.
It's an honor to be part of TRC and I'm looking forward to next year's tournament. Cheers!

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flanker2712 October 08, 2013 2:07 pm

I think the Argentines have a lot to be proud of over the course of their first two years playing in the tournament. They may be winless, but there have been some very close games (including a draw) and some games where maybe a slightly different mentality or game strategy could have ended in a different result. It's obvious that up against these three other teams, they will be exposed from time to time, as was the case at the weekend. A lot of people were expecting their first win, but the team didn't show up... is it a case of preferring the underdog role?

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Hendogo October 07, 2013 11:09 pm

A bad team beating a worst one.

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DrG October 08, 2013 1:06 am

This tournament has to be a shame from the Argentine point of view, they seemed to show so much promise in the last tournament (I believe they even claimed a scalp? or two?) but this latest demonstration shows that they still have a way to go.

I have to say I'm disappointed with ****SOME**** of their fans, as far as they laser pointers go. Seems that the country is still predominantly soccer orientated. I'm sure in time they'll improve (fans and the team) and I hope that this tournament was just a blip on an apparent upward trend.

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Canadian content October 08, 2013 2:44 am

Pumas are winless, this was a big opportunity for them. But give the ozzies credit, their back line was outstanding. To be honest, I thought tomane outshone falau, who was great but really basically finished off plays made by others. Not sure if the pumas have the depth to compete at this level. They seem to lack finishers in the back three and a really solid ten. But here's hoping they really improve. I bet the ozzies give the all blacks a bit of a run next wkd. Quades playing within the team gameplan, Israel is a game breaker, tomane looks good, genia back at his dominant best, good backrow, strong dirty locks, questions at prop and in the centers.

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lg adf October 09, 2013 7:22 pm

you are from canada!!!!!!!!!!!!!!you can not talk about rugby

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ViennaCelt13 October 09, 2013 9:34 pm

I hope you're just kidding

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addisg94 October 08, 2013 10:28 am

Great attacking work from Folau but his defensive frailties at full back showed with the pumas try, he should have made the covering tackle. Ashley-Cooper should be at full back with Folau on the wing

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Juggernauter October 08, 2013 3:39 pm

Yep good win for the wallabies. The argies came to this game with a lot of confidence and were a bit punished by it, something similar to what happened when the ABs went to La Plata last year. Anyway, it's impossible to deny their progress: they are in a big transition phase and were thrown into the world's most tough competition. They've got world class players like Figallo, Matera, Fernández Lobbe and Bosch, but are lacking in the back three, with Hernández never finding form in this tournament except for some great kicks and the two wingers (González Amorosino and Imhoff) spicy in attack but lacking when asked to tackle. Now with no Felipe Contepomi they need to find a proper replacement. Fernández will do for now.

On the wallabies side, what a discovery Fardy's been. He brings much needed mongrel to the pack and along with Hiiper, Gill, a fit again Higginbotham and Mowen the Wallabies do have some impressive options in the back row. The scrum was much improved and so was the line out. The back three is also firing and could yet benefit from O'Connor's absence. No 10 is well covered and the centres are the one position on doubt: Lealiifano does bring a wealth of composure at goal kicking and has a habit of making breaks, but his defence at times was doubtful. No 13 remains pretty much open.

Let's hope they give the ABs a run for their money in Dunedin.

Cheers

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