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Monday Sep 18, 2017

Wallabies come right with strong second half to see off Argentina

Wallabies come right with strong second half to see off Argentina

The Wallabies won their first match of this year’s Rugby Championship with a convincing 45-20 bonus point win over Argentina in Canberra on Saturday. They trailed Argentina 13-10 at the break, but turned things on in the second half for a much needed win.

“At halftime I didn’t have to say anything,” coach Michael Cheika said post match.

“A lack of urgency, I’m not sure why because they’re playing for Australia. I’m sorry that the first half was a bit slow. But they sorted themselves out and it was a much better second half.”

Flyhalf Bernard Foley had a perfect kicking display from the tee, slotting six penalties and a conversion for a personal tally of 20 points and a Man of the Match award.

Skipper Michael Hooper was pleased with the result.

“There’s a sense of finally getting a reward for the hard work we’ve been putting in. It’s a good feeling for everyone and to get a result as the game builds on is really rewarding,” Hooper said.

The Wallabies face South Africa in Bloemfontein next, where a win will see them leapfrog the Springboks to second place on the Rugby Championship table.

“I don’t know what happened there,” Cheika said of the Springboks’ 57-0 loss to the All Blacks. “But we’ll down tools for a week and then go again.”

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