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Argentina beat the Wallabies to claim first ever win in Rugby Championship

Argentina beat the Wallabies to claim first ever win in Rugby Championship
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Argentina beat the Wallabies for the first time since 1997, and in the process picked up their first ever win in the Rugby Championship since joining three years ago. The 21-17 victory was sealed with a Nicolas Sanchez penalty with five minutes to spare.

After a week that included off field drama with the Kurtley Beale in-flight incident, the Wallabies failed to capitalise on their strong start, after having scored within minutes of kickoff. Powerful centre Tevita Kuridrani crossed, before Scott Higginbotham slipped through for another.

They squandered the 14-0 lead however and a spirited Los Pumas side came back into the match following yellow cards to both Nick Phipps and skipper Michael Cooper.

A try to Number 8 Leonardo Senatore brought the home side back into it, along with a Sanchez penalty as they trailed 14-8 at the break. Winger Juan Imhoff then scored when Phipps was in the sinbin, and Sanchez’s sideline conversion set up a tense final 20 minutes.

Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley missed two kicks at goal in the last ten minutes, including one that hit the posts. Unfortunately the visitors had to contend with the now infamous green lasers in their eyes when taking kicks, something that is sadly becoming synonymous with matches there.

Michael Hooper was yellow carded in the 73rd minute for taking out a player in the air, so Sanchez sealed the win with the penalty kick, and the Pumas players and fans celebrated the historic victory.

Full highlights will follow soon. Let us know your thoughts on the match in the comments below

13 Comments

  • jimmy23
    6:32 PM 10/10/2014

    Obviously didn't watch the NZ Boks match last year, one of the finest reffing performances I've seen!

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  • colombes
    6:18 PM 09/10/2014

    One word: MERECIDO! The pumas weren't far from the victory in few past RC matchs vs South Africa and Australia. So this victory is not a surprise, just a confirmation

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  • chuck
    3:50 AM 09/10/2014

    Surely there must be value in allowing the TMO to have a word in the ref's lughole when there's a laser-type incident, allowing the ref to give the kicker another chance? Not that it would have likely changed the outcome in this game, but it could happen at a pivotal time. Aside from that and the underwhelmingly weak decision to bin Hooper at the end, great victory for the Pumas, very well-deserved.

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  • eddie-g
    4:21 PM 08/10/2014

    The home team were all over the visitors. Both yellows were a little harsh, but hardly unjustified. And the cumulative pressure probably played a role. BTW, Owens gets plenty of love from the SH too, he's the one NH ref that all of us would happily see reffing one of our games. In fact, we want him reffing our biggest games.

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  • stroudos
    8:20 AM 08/10/2014

    How dare you insult Nigel Owens! Take that back at once you recalcitrant swine. ;)

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  • katman
    9:19 PM 07/10/2014

    Great game by the Pumas, and some silly, cynical play by the Aussies. Glad to see it's not only the Boks that get matched backwards by the Pumas scrum.

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  • reality
    3:45 PM 07/10/2014

    It's not suspicious in the slightest. The IRB rankings are extremely transparent and a full explanation can be found on the website. If Argentina went up two places in the rankings it's because the two teams ahead of them weren't very far ahead of them to begin with, and beating a team as highly ranked as Australia gave an abnormally large boost to their ranking points.

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  • stroudos
    2:53 PM 06/10/2014

    Or did he do it again in this game? Is it a new catchphrase?

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  • eddie-g
    2:42 PM 06/10/2014

    The laser stuff has got to stop - among other issues, it's genuinely dangerous. But nothing should take away from this win for Argentina. They deserved not just for their performance on Saturday, but how they played through the championships. Hard to make head or tail of what's going on in Australia, always respected Ewan MacKenzie for what he did turning around the Queensland Reds, but he does not seem to have anything like the same control over the internationals, and Kurtley Beale is an off-field problem. Shame really, because he's a huge talent.

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  • stroudos
    10:38 AM 06/10/2014

    That was last weekend against South Africa, by the way, just to clarify. Would be a good one for the Nigel Owens archive.

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  • guedaumbr
    11:42 PM 05/10/2014

    Hey RD, can you put Nige attacking again with another Nige moment? In the minute 46 there is a penalty in front of the posts and then he asks Foley what he would do. Foley answers "points", then Nige replies: "I can't give you the points, I'm gonna give you the shot for it". Classical Nige.

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  • franmanbsas
    9:01 PM 05/10/2014

    I hate the laser guy as much as everyone but that's not from the rugby fans, the crowds are filled with a lot of football fans. I can't explain how angry I get when I see that laser on the kicker's face, it's a disgrace for the sport and for our players that have worked really hard for their first victory.

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  • feddderico
    3:50 PM 05/10/2014

    I think the pumas deserved a victory! The were working hard, having close results, and that tough lost against the springboks in Salta when they had the game in the pocket was really frustrating! As and argentine/ian Im really happy and proud of the team. Regards.

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