Mitsubishi Estate Rugby Championship
Qantas Wallabies v Argentina
Cbus Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Saturday 15 September 2018
Australia 19 (Will Genia, Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty tries; Matt Toomua 2 cons) were defeated by Argentina 23 (Nicolas Sanchez, Bautista Delguy tries; Nicolas Sanchez cons; Emiliano Boffelli 2 pens; Nicolas Sanchez pen)
The Qantas Wallabies have fallen to Argentina in a tight encounter at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast on Saturday night, going down to the South Americans 19-23.
The Wallabies had their moments in attack and despite a disjointed performance still had a late chance to steal victory, but ultimately were out enthused by the visitors who secured their first win on Australian soil since 1983.
Argentina were the first to strike when fullback Emiliano Boffelli slotted a penalty goal from beyond the halfway line, before the Wallabies returned serve with the first try of the match through a brilliant passage of play finished by Will Genia after winger Reece Hodge turned the ball back inside.
Five minutes later, the visitors hit back when man of the match Nicolas Sanchez scored and converted his own try, before a stunning individual effort from Israel Folau who breezed past five defenders to score in the corner, returned the lead to the men in gold, 14-10.
The score would remain that way until the 37th minute, when a defensive lapse from the Wallabies allowed flanker Pablo Matera through a hole from deep inside his own half to set up a try for speedy winger, Bautista Delguy.
Leading by three points at the break, Argentina extended their lead to six points before the Wallabies backline clicked again and fullback Dane Haylett-Petty chimed on to the end of the lien to score in the corner.
The second half descended into a pure battle as both teams surrendered good attacking opportunities and the only other score came off the boot of Boffelli, who roosted another penalty goal from beyond halfway to make it 23-19.
The game eventually came down to the final play, where first-half try-scorer Folau backed himself for the line but was dispossessed in a heavy front on tackle from Pumas lock Tomas Lavanini.
As it happened:
5 mins: Emiliano Boffelli pen AUS 0-3 ARG
11 mins: Will Genia try, Matt Toomua con AUS 7-3 ARG
15 mins: Nicolas Sanchez try, Nicolas Sanchez con AUS 7-10 ARG
19 mins: Israel Folau try, Matt Toomua con AUS 14-10 ARG
37 mins: Bautista Delguy try, Nicolas Sanchez con AUS 14-17 ARG
48 mins: Nicolas Sanchez pen AUS 14-20 ARG
54 mins: Dane Haylett-Petty try AUS 19-20 ARG
77 mins: Nicolas Sanchez pen AUS 19-23 ARG
1. Scott Sio (17. Sekope Kepu, 58 mins) 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau (16. Folau Fainga’a, 40 mins) 3. Allan Alaalatoa (18. Taniela Tupou, 31 mins, blood) 4. Rory Arnold (19. Adam Coleman, 47 mins) 5. Izack Rodda (4. Rory Arnold, 59 mins) 6. Lukhan Tui 7 David Pocock 8. Peter Samu (20. Ned Hanigan, 43 mins) 9. Will Genia (21. Nick Phipps, 69 mins) 10. Kurtley Beale 11. Marika Koroibete (23. Jack Maddocks, 69 mins) 12. Matt Toomua (22. Bernard Foley, 49 mins) 13. Reece Hodge 14. Israel Folau 15. Dane Haylett-Petty
*replacements in brackets
1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (17. Santiago Garcia Botta, 67 mins) 2. Agustin Creevy (16. Julian Montoya, 67 mins) 3. Santiago Medrano (18. Juan Pablo Zeiss, 67 mins) 4. Guido Petti (19. Matias Alemanno, 69 mins) 5. Tomas Lavanini (19. Matias Alemanno, 26 mins HIA, returned 33 mins) 6. Pablo Matera 7. Marcos Kremer (Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 68 mins) 8. Javier Ortega Desio 9. Gonzalo Bertranou 10. Nicolas Sanchez 11. Ramiro Moyano (22. Bautista Ezcurra, 33 mins) 12. Jeronimo de la Fuente (23. Juan Cruz Mallia, 75 mins) 13. Matias Moroni 14. Bautista Delguy 15. Emiliano Boffelli
*replacements in brackets