Wallabies claim Rugby Champ win over Pumas

Wallabies claim Rugby Champ win over Pumas

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.

Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has re-jigged his backline and made four changes to his starting side for Saturday's Rugby Championship test against Australia in Canberra.

After back-to-back defeats to New Zealand and a draw with South Africa the Wallabies finally got their first victory of the 2017 competition, but needed to dig deep in Canberra.

A second-half revival saw five Wallaby tries as Sekope Kepu, Israel Folau, Will Genia, Nick Phipps and Jordan Uelese all crossed, giving Australia a 45-20 bonus-point win much to the delight of Cheika.

Argentina replied with tries by scrumhalf Martin Landajo and wing Matias Moroni, while flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez was on target with both conversions and two penalties.

"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. "They didn't hide from the lack of urgency and intensity and the need to pick it up".

"We stayed in the fight at least, we stayed close enough and then from the first whistle in the second half they owned that and wanted to get better". "Our players are prepared to play 80 minutes but when we had the opportunity to score we didn't do it. and when your head doesn't help you, you can not play".

After exchanging early penalty kicks, the winless Pumas took the lead in the 23rd minute when Martin Landajo spun out of the ruck to dive over.

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.

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

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.

They never looked back from there with Folau, halfback Will Genia, his replacement Nick Phipps and rookie hooker Jordan Uelese sharing the five-pointers.



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