Match report – Argentina – – – Australia

Argentina led Australia in the mid-game, but were ultimately overwhelmed by a large margin; Wallabies opening half Quade Cooper, however, was forced to retire with an injury; substitute skipper James Slipper paid tribute to captain Michael Hooper

Last updated: 06/08/22 23:19

Highlights of the rugby championship match between Argentina and Australia

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Highlights of the rugby championship match between Argentina and Australia

Highlights of the rugby championship match between Argentina and Australia

Australia beat Argentina 41-26 on Saturday in the first round of the rugby championship at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas.

Australia bounced back in the final quarter to secure victory over the Pumas in Mendoza, but victory may have come at some cost to the Wallabies when opening half Quade Cooper limped out early in the second half.

Argentina led 19-10 at half-time and were leading until the 65th minute. But hopes of securing a memorable upheaval would collapse.

Juan Martin Gonzalez finished an epic team try as Argentina further increased their lead over Australia in the rugby league

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Juan Martin Gonzalez finished an epic team try as Argentina further increased their lead over Australia in the rugby league

Juan Martin Gonzalez finished an epic team try as Argentina further increased their lead over Australia in the rugby league

Australia first took the lead when replacement opener Reece Hodge took a 27-26 penalty as Argentina block Matias Alemanno was in the sin bin. Australia were by far the best team in the second half.

The absence of Alemanno favored the comeback of the Wallabies from 26-17 who accumulated the last 24 points in the last quarter of the game. The Australian group took possession of a turbulent game by holding the ball and putting pressure on the Pumas, whose discipline fell apart.

Jordan Petaia scores for Australia against Argentina

Jordan Petaia scores for Australia against Argentina

When Australia started their driving maul and scored tries through winger Jordan Petaia, free striker Fraser McReight, hooker Folau Faingaa and center Hunter Paisami, to go with a penalty try.

As has happened so many times in the past, Argentina have been disappointed in their discipline as they gave away a string of penalties in the second period after managing the tries with mobile forwards Pablo Matera and Juan Martin Gonzalez.

After Australia's emphatic victory over Argentina, substitute skipper James Slipper paid tribute to captain Michael Hooper, who said he was not in the right

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After Australia’s emphatic victory over Argentina, substitute skipper James Slipper paid tribute to captain Michael Hooper, who said he was not in the “mindset” to play.

After Australia’s emphatic victory over Argentina, substitute skipper James Slipper paid tribute to captain Michael Hooper, who said he was not in the “mindset” to play.

The welcome victory comes at the end of a tough 24 hours for manager Dave Rennie’s team, who lost captain Michael Hooper on Friday when the latter decided to return home to Australia, suggesting they were not in the right mood. to play the game.

“It was tough. I felt like we were behind most of the game,” said captain James Slipper. It’s a moment of real pride for me and the team, because we really wanted to make an effort that our fans could be proud of, but also that our captain, Hoops, could be proud of.

“We’ve been thinking about him all day and playing for him tonight.”

Speaking of Rennie it will now be the severity of the injury to Mercurial Cooper, who was seen wearing a lunar boot on the sidelines after he twisted his ankle early in the second half and had to be helped from the pitch.

It will be a big doubt for the second clash between the teams in San Juan on 13 August. But Australia will still be confident in another victory after identifying the weaknesses of the Argentine defense which on Saturday they exploited to such a devastating effect.