Argentina scored their first win over Australia on Australian soil in 35 years when they downed the Australians 23-19 on Queensland’s Gold Coast. Argentina were leading 17-14 at half-time and held off a fierce attack by the Wallabies to record a famous win.
Australia’s poor discipline cost them the match as they outscored the Argentine’s by three tries to two, but between flyhalf Nicholas Sanchez and Emiliano Boffelli they kicked three penalties.
The Pumas last victory in Australia was in 1983 and this was also the Wallabies fifth loss in six matches. Both teams tried to play attacking rugby as the conditions were perfect for it.
The Wallabies had plenty of opportunities to win the match, but left the Pumas off the hook with some poor handling.
After the siren went off, Australia had an opportunity to snatch a victory when wing Israel Folau hold onto the ball instead of passing it to an unmarked Bernard Foley three metres from the line.
The visitors opened the scoring with a 52-metre penalty from fullback Boffelli. The hosts hit back with a Will Genia try that was converted by centre Matt Toomua. The Pumas scored straight after when inside centre Jeronimo De La Feunte broke the defence and popped the ball Sanchez to score.
Folau who played out of position at wing then scored a superb try after beating five defenders.
Argentina struck just before the half-time mark when Bautista Delguy beat a few Wallaby defenders to finish of a try that was started in their own 22.
Sanchez then kicked a penalty 8 minutes in the second half, but the Wallabies came back within one point when fullback Dane Haylett-Petty scored in the corner.
Another huge kick from Boffelli took the score to 23-19 as they defended well enough to keep the Wallabies away from the try line.
The Rugby Championship takes a break this weekend after which Australia will travel to Port Elizabeth to take on South Africa and New Zealand will travel to Buenos Aires to take on Argentina.