Aussies down Pumas to break duck

Aussies down Pumas to break duck

Australia coach Michael Cheika is hoping his team learn the importance of maintaining a consistent level of performance after they overcame a halftime deficit to run out handsome winners over Argentina on Saturday.

Cheika was at a loss to explain why his side were so insipid in the first half, after which they trailed 13-10, before catching fire in the second.

Tighthead prop Sekope Kepu put Michael Cheika's men in front, Folau added his second and a late flurry saw further tries for Will Genia, Nick Phipps and 20-year-old replacement hooker Jordan Uelese - on his second Test appearance.

Foley had a big game, kicking at 100 percent to contribute 15 points and also pulling off a try-saving tackle in the second half.

"There was a lack of intent, lack of urgency in the first half, I'm not sure why, you're playing in a Test match for Australia", Cheika said.

"But they sorted themselves out and it was a much better second half".

The Australians headed into the Canberra match after two losses to the All Blacks and a draw last weekend with South Africa, but the win didn't come easy against the gritty Pumas.

London Train Attack: Trump's Tweet Angers Britain
The travel ban targeting a handful of Muslim-majority countries has been contentious since the president first proposed it in January.

The Wallabies finally broke through in the Southern hemisphere tournament after some frustrating close shaves.

"We know we let ourselves down in the first half".

Team: 15-Emiliano Boffelli, 14-Matias Moroni, 13-Matias Orlando, 12-Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11-Ramiro Moyano, 10-Nicolas Sanchez, 9-Martin Landajo, 8-Tomas Lezana, 7-Javier Ortega Desio, 6-Pablo Matera, 5-Matias Alemanno, 4-Guido Petti, 3-Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2-Agustin Creevy (captain), 1-Lucas Noguera.

But Australia hit back through Folau, who backed up slick passing between Kurtley Beale, Sean McMahon and Foley to go over for his opening try.

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

Moroni chased down his own kick to grab a second converted score for Argentina with a minute to go, but when they kicked the ball straight out of play from the restart, the resulting line-out led to Uelese's closing converted try.

Related Articles