Australia celebrate first 2017 Rugby Championship win

Australia celebrate first 2017 Rugby Championship win

Australia overcame a awful first-half performance to register their first win of the Rugby Championship as Argentina once again hit the wall and conceded late points in Canberra to ruin their early success.

Skipper Michael Hooper said he felt the victory was more a reward than a relief.

Martin Landajo and Matias Moroni crossed for Argentina - who remain without a point after four games - with 10 points coming from the boot of Nicolas Sanchez.

Michael Cheika praised Australia's second-half performance as they scored 35 points to claim victory over Argentina in the Rugby Championship.

"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.

The Australians headed into the Canberra match after two losses to the All Blacks and a draw last weekend with South Africa, but the win didn't come easy against the gritty Pumas.

"You'd need to be a neuro-scientist I reckon for that one, and maybe they wouldn't even know the answer", he said.

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

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.

"But they sorted themselves out in the second half and that was better rugby from us".

Folau's two tries helped the Wallabies seal a good win.

Foley was twice involved in the sweeping move that sent Folau over in the corner, but the Pumas quickly resumed their territorial stranglehold and Sanchez slotted a second penalty to send his side into halftime with a slim lead.

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

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.

Related Articles