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Round 4, Game 2 of the 2018 Rugby Championship: Australia v Argentina at CBUS Super Stadium

The Wallabies went off to a poor start for not letting Argentina roll the ball away.

It allowed Emiliano Boffelli to kick into the goal from halfway of the field for three points successfully.

In the 10th minute, Reece Hodge helped out the offload from the far right-hand side.

And he found Will Genia with the offload & claimed the five points.

Dane Haylett-Petty was at point looked to find some help.

But the back up of Genia & Hodge have overcome an early mistake as Matt Toomua kicks for the two extra points.

Argentina struck one back in the 14th minute with the fantastic playmaking skills from Nicolas Sanchez.

Augustin Creevy fought on before Bautista Delguy nearly fell short & found Sanchez with the breakthrough.

The conversion kick may not be successful, but Sanchez puts Argentina back up front, 10-7.

In the 18th minute, Israel Folau ran and spread out wide towards the far left which scared the Argentine defense.

He used the fantastic right foot past the dummies four times before touching one down for the TRY.

So far, so good on Matt Toomua’s 2nd successful conversion kick as Australia re-take the lead, 14-10.

In the 35th minute, Mathias Delguy sent Argentina back into the lead.

Delguy ran far wide towards the right then across through the middle with blistering footwork for the TRY.

Pablo Matera did a great job pulling off the Wallabies defense plus Marcos Kremer in assisting with the pass to Delguy.

This time Nicolas Sanchez gets his kick inside the posts for the two bonus points on his 2nd attempt.

HALF-TIME: Australia 14-17 Argentina

Australia

Tries

  • Will Genia (10′)
  • Israel Folau (18′)

Conversions

  • Matt Toomua (11′, 19′)

Argentina

Tries

  • Nicolas Sanchez (14′)
  • Mathias Delguy (35′)

Conversions

  • Nicolas Sanchez (15′, 36′)

Penalties

  • Emiliano Boffelli (4′)

2nd Half

Australia conceded the penalty when Izack Rodda played the man on Marcos Kremer during the line-out.

In return, Nicolas Sanchez extended the lead for Argentina through the penalty kick.

Dane Haylett-Petty ran far out wide towards the right through a beautiful ball from Reece Hodge.

That assist helped Haylett-Petty found the gap and struck five points.

The kick may not go through inside the posts from Bernard Foley.

But Australia is one point behind Argentina, 19-20.

In the 61st minute, Folau Faingaa tackled Santiago Medrano without the ball.

The move isn’t fair as Argentina won the Penalty with the kick for the goal.

However, the conversion isn’t successful.

The Argentinan defense performed an excellent job arresting the Wallabies attack.

Before the 76th minute, Folau Faingaa joined the ruck at the wrong time on Argentina’s end.

It allowed Emiliano Boffelli to have a shot of goal from halfway of the pitch.

And the kick looks perfect to extend three points for Argentina.

Australia tried to strike back hoping a try would help them win at home.

But a forward pass from Israel Folau through a sandwich of three defenders sealed their fate.

Tomas Lavanini was one of the players that bumped Folau and saw the ball drop out into touch.

FULL-TIME: Australia 19-23 Argentina

Australia

Tries

  • Will Genia (10′)
  • Israel Folau (18′)
  • Dane Haylett-Petty (54′)

Conversions

  • Matt Toomua (11′, 19′)

Argentina

Tries

  • Nicolas Sanchez (14′)
  • Mathias Delguy (35′)

Conversions

  • Nicolas Sanchez (15′, 36′)

Penalties

  • Emiliano Boffelli (4′)
  • Nicolas Sanchez (47′, 76′)

Post-Game

Australia has exposed inaccurate discipline at the wrong times.

Most notably where Folau Faingaa has made a mistake after mistake.

That gave Argentina a vast opportunity to strike up extra rewards away on their home turf.

And mostly on the plus side, they got the basics right.

The line-outs plus the maul and the attacking play have allowed Argentina to work on the defense.

It allowed them to win penalties mostly in the 2nd half despite not scoring any tries from both teams.

But that win has done enough for Argentina to enjoy a fairytale thriller.

The last time they won in Australia was 35 years ago on 31 July 1983.

It’s the score where Argentina scored 18 points to 3 v Australia at Ballymore in Brisbane, Queensland.

What now for Australia?

They will now rank 7th in which is their new low since 2003.

They were in a great position to win having won last week v South Africa.

But this time, they couldn’t execute their style of play on a difficult night on the Gold Coast.

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