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Rugby Championship | Canberra
10:00 (GMT) | 16-09-2017
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Foley adds the extras and thats the end of the game.
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After the restart the Wallabies continues to apply pressure and manages to get close to the try line as Jack Dempsey goes over for a try
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Conversion is missed by Sanchez
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After the restart the Wallabies look to attack but is tackled out into touch. The Pumas attacks wide from their line-out and and Matthias Moroni scores a beautiful chip and chase try out wide
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Foley adds the extras
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After the restart the Wallabies finds space wide nd Nick Phipps goes over for a try
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Foley adds the extras
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Scrum reset again. Genia feeds the scrum and Genia scores off the back as he attacks the blind
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Yet another scrum penalty and the ref sends Enrique Pieretto off with a yellow card
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Another penalty at the scrum for the Ausies they put it up in the midfield and Kerevi goes over but the ball is held up
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Argentina concedes a scrum penalty and the Wallabies opts for another scrum looking to apply pressure
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Scrum reset for the Wallabies
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The Wallabies look to maul from the line-out. They find some momentum but the Pumas defense hold up as the ball is held up over the try line. Ausies scrum on the away team's 5
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A bit of ping pong kicking by both teams before Folau finds some space and offloads. Wallaby penalty and they opt for touch.Foley finds it 5m out
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The Wallabies makes a meal out of line-out ball and the Pumas collects it and looks to attack
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Pumas penalty as they opt for touch and look to maul. The Australian defense holds strong and they win a penalty as the pressure is relieved. Wallabies opts for touch
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The Pumas look to attack the blind they find some space but a try saving tackle by Foley sees the Pumas get a line-out 5m out
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After the restart the Pumas forces a scrum inside the Ausies' half. They put up a few phases and manages to get close to the try line. Folau almost intercepts but the ball is lost forward. Argentina scrum 10m out
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Foley adds the extras
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After the restart the Wallabies clear into touch. They win a penalty and opt for touch. The Wallabies attacking wide and a well timed pass finds Folau as he goes over for his 2nd try of the night
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Foley adds the extras
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Genia feeds the scrum and the Wallabies look to bash it over. Sekope Kepu drives low and goes over the try line
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Wallabies scrum a few metres away from the Pumas try line
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Australia on the attack throwing everything at the Pumas defense. The Pumas concedes a penalty and the Wallabies looks to run it
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Australia runs the ball back but a knock on by the home team sees the Pumas back on the attack. Hooper makes a turnover and Beale looks to find space with a kick behind the Argentinians but they manage to field the ball and clear into touch
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Sanchez gets the 2nd half on the way and right from the start the Ausies shows intent. Building a few phases and getting over the advantage line before the ball is won back by the Pumas who clears

Half Time

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Foley kicks it into touch and that's the end of the 1st half
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Argentina attacking in front of the Australian goal line. Beale rips the ball and Australia looks to attack.
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After the restart both team look to attack as possession changes hands a few times. The Pumas wins a penalty but the kick is missed by Sanchez as Australia looks to counter
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Sanchez makes sure the ball goes over.
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Pumas scrum inside the Wallabies' 22. They look to attack wide after a free-kick snd wins a penalty in front of goal for offside play
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The Wallabies clears after the restart. Argentina wins a penalty close to the Wallaby 10 and opts for goal. Boffelli misses the kick
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Foley adds the extras
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Argentina looks to attack but the ball is lost forward in contact. Wallaby scrum on their own 10. The Wallabies attacking beautifully and they find a few gaps in the Argentinian defense. Folau goes over for a try out wide
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After the restart Argentina clears into touch and Australia gets a line-out inside their own half. Foley clears and finds touch on the 50m mark.
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Sanchez adds the extras
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Argentina attacking and gaining some momentum as go back into Ausies territory. They find some space wide as they're edging closer to the try line. Martín Landajo spots a gap and goes over for the try but the Ref goes up to check obstruction and he awards the try
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The Ausies put it up in the middle before going wide and Beale kicks a beautiful touch finder
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Argentina finds some space through the midfield before a forward pass stops their momentum. Ausie scrum inside their own half
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Pumas look to build a few phases before they kick and Beale takes the mark and clears into touch
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After the restart Sanchez kicks it deep and the ball goes over the try line. Folau dots it down for a 22 drop-out. Both teams making good use of the boot as Folau clears into touch
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Sanchez kicks it over from out wide
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The Wallabies clears into touch and the Pumas look to maul from the line-out. They gain some momentum and wins a penalty. The Pumas opt for goal
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The Wallabies wins free-kick and taps it quick before they kick. Argentina runs it back and finds soace on the right flank but the ball is lost forward by Matthias Moroni.
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The PUmas gets a free-kick and taps it quick they look to attack but the ball is lost forward and the Wallabies pounces on it and looks to attack play is stopped by snother Wallaby knock on.Scrum Pumas ball
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After the restart the Wallabies clear with a high kick the Pumas look to run it back before they kick into hands of Beale. The Wallabies look to counter but the ball is lost forward. Pumas scrum
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Foley kicks it straight through the middle
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Australia playing a few phases after the line-out and finding space through the midfield before they are awarded a penalty in front of goal. Australia opts for goal
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Australia looks to maul from the line-out but the Pumas defence holds up and wins a penalty. Argentina opts for touch and they clear into touch from the line-out
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Foley gets the game on the way with a relatively short kick-off. The Ausies apply pressure and forces the knock on. First scrum to Australia just over the Argentinian 10. Scrum reset. Genia looks to feed but the scrum goes down and they win a penalty and opt for touch
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Referee John Lacey wil be in charge of this fixture. Weather conditions seem perfect for some good running rugby. The players are doing their final preparations before taking to the field to sing their national anthems and battle it out on the field
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Both line-ups seem evenly matched up and for the home team strong performances will be expected by Israel Folau, Will Genia and Michael Hooper while the away team will look at Nicolas Sanchez, Pablo Matera and Augustin Creevy for strong performances if they want to come out on top in this game
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The Wallabies have won 13 of their last 14 games against the Pumas and have lost only once to Argentina in 13 Tests at home, but are struggling for victories this year. Michael Cheika's team have won only two of their six internationals this season and vice-captain Will Genia said the Wallabies must find a way to cope with the pressure moments and push on to win. Both teams will feel confident that they can win this game after coming so close to beating New Zealand. This wil be a physical encounter upfront with the skill and flair of the backs of both line-ups looking to put points on the score board.
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Welcome to Canberra, where Australia will face off against Argentina in this Rugby Championship fixture
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Scott Sio
  • 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau
  • 3 Sekope Kepu
  • 4 Izack Rodda
  • 5 Adam Coleman
  • 6 Jack Dempsey
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 8 Sean McMahon
  • 9 Will Genia
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 11 Reece Hodge
  • 12 Kurtley Beale
  • 13 Tevita Kuridrani
  • 14 Marika Koroibete
  • 15 Israel Folau
RESERVES
  • 16 Stephen Moore
  • 17 Tom Robertson
  • 18 Allan Alaalatoa
  • 19 Rob Simmons
  • 20 Lukhan Tui
  • 21 Nick Phipps
  • 22 Samu Kerevi
  • 23 Henry Speight
START LINE UP
  • 1 Lucas Noguera
  • 2 Augustin Creevy
  • 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
  • 4 Guido Petti
  • 5 Matías Alemanno
  • 6 Pablo Matera
  • 7 Javier Desio
  • 8 Tomás Lezana
  • 9 Martín Landajo
  • 10 Nicolas Sanchez
  • 11 Ramiro Moyano
  • 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente
  • 13 Matias Orlando
  • 14 Matthias Moroni
  • 15 Emiliano Boffelli
RESERVES
  • 16 Julian Montoya
  • 17 Santiago García Botta
  • 18 Enrique Pieretto
  • 19 Marcos Kremer
  • 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon
  • 21 Tomas Cubelli
  • 22 Santiago González Iglesias
  • 23 Manuel Montero
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PREVIEW: Australia versus Argentina

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 08:15

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND FOUR: The Wallabies are looking to secure a first Rugby Championship win by making sure they close out the Test against Argentina on Saturday after some frustrating close shaves.

Australia led 20-10 in the second half against South Africa in Perth last week, only for the Springboks to snatch a 23-23 draw. 

It followed a heartbreaking 29-35 defeat to the All Blacks in Dunedin last month when the Australians relinquished a 17-point lead as New Zealand snatched the winning try with two minutes left. 

The Wallabies have won 13 of their last 14 games against the Pumas and have lost only once to Argentina in 13 Tests at home, but are struggling for victories this year. 

Michael Cheika's team have won only two of their six internationals this season and vice-captain Will Genia said the Wallabies must find a way to cope with the pressure moments and push on to win.

"It's about just handling those moments better because in the moment that's when you are a little bit flustered," the 81 Test-capped scrumhalf said.

"We've just got to make sure that when we are presented with those tough moments in games, we respond how we want with clear minds as opposed to just being a little bit rattled."

The Pumas traditionally give the Wallabies problems, particularly at scrum time, and Genia expects Argentina to come hard after they led the All Blacks 22-15 before going down 22-39 last week in New Zealand.

"I think they'll [Argentina] come at the breakdown pretty hard and look to attack us when they have the ball around the ruck," he said.

"We've got to make sure we have a real conscious effort to tighten up those areas of our game."

The Wallabies have made just one change to their starting XV with experienced lock Rob Simmons replacing Rory Arnold, who has missed out on this week's matchday squad.

The Pumas have made four changes with Tomas Lezana, Martin Landajo, Ramiro Moyano and Matias Orlando named in the starting XV.

Lezana will start at No.8 in place of Benjamin Macone while Landajo replaces former Brumbies scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli.

Joaquin Tuculet and Santiago Cordero have made way for winger Moyano and outside centre Orlando, with Emiliano Boffelli to start at fullback.

Argentina flank Pablo Matera said he was keen to test himself against Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper at the breakdown.

"We always watch our opponents' stats and Michael Hooper's stats are amazing, he's a player that runs a lot everywhere, really complete player," Matera said.

"The Wallabies has been always an issue [for us] with the breakdown - [David] Pocock, Hooper, a lot of players that go for the ball and I think that's why we are working a lot on that."

Matera said he was expecting a fast start from the Wallabies, something Argentina will have to match if they want to replicate their All Blacks effort.

"I know they need to win, same as us, it's going to be a really difficult match," he said.

"The first minutes of the game are really intense and I believe if we manage to do a really good first-half, like we did last week, I think we'll have a lot of chances to win."  

Players to watch:

For Australia: Kurtley Beale has been in outstanding for Australia so far and he will be the go to man to spark something in the midfield. Fullback Israel Folau is the best in the world at the moment in his position and he is absolutely deadly in broken play. Captain and flank Michael Hooper will be key at the breakdowns and his work on defence has also been a hallmark of his play recently.

For Argentina: Flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez lifted his game against the All Blacks last week and his teammates will look to him to run things smoothly against the Wallabies. Scrumhalf Martin Landajo will also have a spotlight on him to see if he can better Tomas Cubelli's influential performance against the All Blacks. In the pack, captain and hooker Agustin Creevy is probably their best player with his robust style of play.

Head to head: The breakdown battle will be an intriguing one in this match with Michael Hooper up against Pablo Matera. Agustin Creevy will also look to build on his performance against New Zealand and his opposite number Tatafu Polota-Nau is no slouch around the park either. Finally, the two flyhalves, Bernard Foley and Nicolas Sanchez, will look to stamp their authority on proceedings and they could be influential in deciding the winner of this match.

Recent results: 
2016: Australia won 33-21, London
2016: Australia won 36-20, Perth
2015: Australia won 29-15, London (World Cup semifinal)
2015: Australia won 34-9, Mendoza
2014: Argentina won 21-17, Mendoza
2014: Australia won 32-25, Gold Coast
2013: Australia won 54-17, Rosario
2013: Australia won 14-13, Perth
2012: Australia won 25-19, Rosario
2012: Australia won 23-19, Gold Coast

Prediction: Australia have won 13 of their last 14 games against Argentina, including each of the last four meetings between the nations. Argentina picked up an 18-3 win on their first ever visit to Australia to face the Wallabies in 1983, though they’ve since been defeated in their ensuring 12 attempts. This will be the 10th Test played at GIO Stadium, and the second between these nations after the Wallabies picked up a 32-25 win against the Pumas in 2000. In fact, Australia's four previous Tests at the venue have seen them run out to four victories by an average margin of 38 points. Argentina have won only one of their six Tests so far this year, the last time they finished a calendar year with a lower win rate was when they went winless from three games in 1976. Both Argentina and Australia have conceded 15 tries so far this campaign, five more than New Zealand and nine more than South Africa. The Wallabies have scored 73 percent (8/11) of their tries on the opening phase of possession, the highest percentage of any team in the competition. Israel Folau has made 32 carries for 351 metres this tournament, 97 metres more than any other player has managed. Agustin Creevy has already won five turnovers this tournament, the equal most of any player alongside Malcolm Marx, despite playing just 180 minutes. Argentina will put up a fight like they did against the All Blacks, but the Wallabies will be desperate to win after coming so close in the last two matches against the All Blacks and South Africa. The Wallabies will win by seven points at least.

Teams: 

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Marika Koroibete.

Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel tatez Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Juan Martin Leguizamon, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Manuel Montero.

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Agence France-Presse & @rugby365com

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Wallabies break Championship duck

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 10:00

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP REPORT: Australia recorded their first Rugby Championship win of the season, as their down Argentina 45-20 in Canberra on Saturday.

The Wallabies had a sluggish first-half performance and were forced to overcome a 10-13 halftime deficit to eventually outscore the Los Pumas, six tries to two.

Coach Michael Cheika demanded more urgency and pace from his team in the second half and the Wallabies responded to dominate the Pumas in the second term.

Fullback Israel Folau scored a brace of tries with other tries to Sekope Kepu, Will Genia, Nick Phipps and Jordan Uelese.

Flyhalf Bernard Foley kicked six conversions and a penalty goal for 15 points.

The Wallabies finally broke through in the southern hemisphere tournament after some frustrating close shaves.

Australia led 20-10 in the second half against South Africa in Perth last week, only for the Springboks to snatch a 23-23 draw.

It followed a heartbreaking 29-35 defeat to the All Blacks in Dunedin last month when the Australians relinquished a 17-point lead as New Zealand snatched the winning try with two minutes left.

The Wallabies have now won 14 of their last 15 games against the Pumas and have lost only once to Argentina in 14 Tests at home.

Argentina have won only one of their seven Tests this year, the last time they finished a calendar year with a lower win rate was when they went winless from three games in 1976.

The Pumas dominated territory and possession in the first half and scored the opening try in the 23rd minute after 14 phases.

Scrumhalf Martin Landajo burrowed over close to the line and Nicolas Sanchez's conversion gave Argentina 10-3 advantage.

But Australia hit back through Folau, who backed up slick passing between Kurtley Beale, Sean McMahon and Foley to go over for his opening try.

The Wallabies paid for their indiscipline in their own half with Sanchez putting the Pumas ahead 13-10 with a penalty goal nearing half-time.

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

Front row Kepu scored off a pick and drive close to the Pumas try-line and Folau completed his double with his 30th Test try off a cut-out Will Genia pass.

The Pumas were reduced to 14 men when prop Enrique Pieretto was sent to the sin bin for repeated scrum infringements leaving his team a man short for the final 10 minutes.

The Wallabies cranked it up and Genia darted over off a scrum win and his replacement Nick Phipps scored before wing Matias Moroni grabbed a consolation try for the Pumas off a kick and regather.

Replacement hooker Jordan Uelese finished off the scoring for the Wallabies with a close-range try in the final minute.

Man of the match: Argentina No.8 Tomas Lezana made noteworthy ball carries and worked really hard through out the match. Flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez's boot kept the score ticking and got the side in crucial spaces. Michael Hooper was relentless at the breakdown, however, our nod goes to fullback Isreal Folau, who not only scored two tries but his second-half surge instigated his teams to attack.
 
Moment of the match: Magic moments were rare, however, Bernard Foley's try-saving tackle in the 58th minute prevented Argentina from getting the crucial points and building momentum.

Villian of the match: Enrique Pieretto, his yellow card in the 70th minute made it easy for Australia to score three tries.

The scorers:

For Australia:
Tries:
Folau 2, Kepu, Genia, Phipps, Uelese
Cons: Foley 6
Pen: Foley

For Argentina:
Tries:
Landajo, Moroni
Cons: Sanchez 2
Pens: Sanchez 2

Yellow Card: Enrique Pieretto (Argentina, 70 - deliberate scrum infringements)

Teams:

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Marika Koroibete.

Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel tatez Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Juan Martin Leguizamon, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Manuel Montero.

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Source: Agence France-Presse

Israel Folau (28min), Sekope Kepu (48min), Israel Folau (52min), Will Genia (71min), Nick Phipps (74min), and Jack Dempsey (79min)
TRIES
Martín Landajo (22min) and Matthias Moroni (77min)
Bernard Foley (29min), Bernard Foley (49min), Bernard Foley (54min), Bernard Foley (73min), Bernard Foley (75min), and Bernard Foley (80min)
CONVERSIONS
Nicolas Sanchez (23min)
Bernard Foley (5min)
PENALTIES
Nicolas Sanchez (14min) and Nicolas Sanchez (35min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
 
Enrique Pieretto (70min)
 
 
VENUE Canberra
REFEREE John Lacey