Australia 45 Argentina 20: Late surge sees Wallabies past Pumas

Ross Houston
September 17, 2017

Cheika said he was surprised by South Africa's 57-0 loss to New Zealand in Saturday's other Rugby Championship test and warned of a backlash from the Springboks when the Wallabies play them in their next match in Bloemfontein on September 30.

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.

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.

The 25-year-old winger replaced Henry Speight 10 minutes into the second half in Canberra and looked right at home as he helped the Wallabies score a 45-20 win over Argentina.

Sekope Kepu was Australia's other tryscorer, burrowing over in the 49th minute to spark the dominant second half.

Australia was also ruthless in taking advantage of the sin-binning of Pumas prop Enrique Pieretto, running in three tries in the final 10 minutes to halfbacks Will Genia and Nick Phipps then second-Test hooker Jordan Uelese, the first of what should be many.

"They didn't try to hide from the lack of intensity and urgency and they needed to pick it up and own it and they did that in the second half".

Folau had been part of a Twitter backlash after voicing his opposition to same sex marriage but showed his maturity, with the double his fourth this year.

Folau's first try came after the Wallabies moved the ball quickly from one side of the field to another before flyhalf Bernard Foley found Folau on the fly.

"Not a sense of relief, sense of finally getting a reward for some of the hard work", he said.

"It's a good feeling for everyone and to get a result as the game builds on is really rewarding".

After byes for all four teams next weekend, Australia travels to South Africa to take on the Springboks in Bloemfontein and Argentina returns home to host the All Blacks on September 30.

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