Australia 45 Argentina 20: Late surge sees Wallabies past Pumas


Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has forecast changes to his back-row despite the team notching its first win of the Rugby Championship.

Cape Town - The Wallabies heaped more misery on Argentina with victory in their Rugby Championship clash in Canberra on Saturday.

Full-back Israel Folau scored a double try with Australia's Sekope Kepu, Will Genia, Nick Phipps and Jordan Uelese recording the other tries.

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"I think that's been a good balance but it's the competition for the spots", Cheika said.

"They didn't try to hide from the lack of intensity and urgency and they needed to pick it up and own it and they did that in the second half".

"I'm sorry that the first half was a bit slow".

"I'm not sure why because it's a Test match, you're playing for Australia but they sorted themselves in the second half and that was better rugby from us".

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Foley and Sanchez exchanged early penalties before Landajo went over for the Pumas after some excellent build-up work.

Folau's first try came after the Wallabies moved the ball quickly from one side of the field to another before flyhalf Bernard Foley found Folau on the fly.

Australia trailed 13-10 at halftime as grumpy coach Michael Cheika lamented a lack of urgency from his men in an interview with Fox Sports.

But the half-time break gave the Wallabies time to regroup and they were a different proposition in the second half.

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Scrumhalf Genia cut through the defence to score in the 72nd minute, a searing touchline run and offload from number eight Sean McMahon gifted replacement Phipps his try and rookie hooker Uelese barged over for his maiden test try after the hooter.

As the temperature plunged towards zero degrees Celsius, Australia just about weathered a period of intense Argentine pressure before the floodgates opened in the final 10 minutes after Pumas replacement Enrique Pieretto had been sin-binned.

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