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Argentina got revenge against Australia to top the Rugby Championship

Argentina got revenge against Australia to top the Rugby Championship

Seven tries and a 48-17 overhaul: Defeated last weekend, Argentina got their final revenge against Australia on Saturday August 13 in San Juan (Northwest) on the second day of the Rugby Championship. At the same time, the Pumas dominated the tournament, which featured four of the best nations in the southern hemisphere. They are ahead of the Australians, South Africa and New Zealand in the points table.

The Pumas’ last win against Australia was on September 15, 2018 (23-19), in Gold Coast. Their last win at home was in 2014 (21-17), in Mendoza. Argentina’s biggest win was 48-17 against Australia.

In the first clash in Mendoza last weekend, Argentina crumbled in the last twenty minutes, losing 41-26 after a long tussle with the Australians. This time they caught and resented the rough and almost transparent Wallabies.

For this second match, James O’Connor replaced Quade Cooper, who suffered a fresh injury after tearing his Achilles tendon. A fresh blow to the Australian team, which already lost its captain Michael Hooper, who returned to the country to protect his mental health.

The Argentines got off to a great start, scoring two tries in seven minutes. The returning Juan Imhoff, replaced by Santiago Cordero on the wing, first took advantage of an Australian miscue and then scored a try in the second, 15th minute, before the Racing 92 player in a Pumas jersey. A tackle released by O’Connor allowed Argentina to add Thomas Gallo’s (6th) second try, as Emiliano Boffelli’s first was converted.

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The Wallabies led 14-0 after seven minutes thanks to a try by their captain James Slipper (11th) and then a penalty from O’Connor. But when they were denied a try, the Australians, strangely out of shape, slipped in a Jeronimo de la Fuente try (23rd), again boosted by Boffelli (21-10). Still unleashed, the Pumas, coached by Australian Michael Cheika, added a fourth try from Juan Martin Gonzalez Samso (31st), but Bofelli did not convert this time.

With four tries, the Argentinians returned to the locker room with a 16-point lead (26-10), after they had already scored 9 points at halftime last Saturday. A week ago, if the Pumas were weighed down by a temporary exclusion, they negotiated their second period much better. Boffelli’s successful penalty made the mark worse (53rd, 29-10). Three new tries were then signed against Gallo (64th), Boffelli (77th), Albornoz (80th) and Iquitos (66th), burying Australia’s hopes and securing an attacking bonus point.

After a two-week break, the Argentines, rejuvenated by their win in South Africa (35-23), will face New Zealand in Christchurch on August 27, while the Australians welcome the South Africans in Adelaide.