With both teams on a high after each defeating the All Blacks, it was game on for the Wallabies and Los Pumas at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle.
Reece Hodge took the kick-off for Australia.
Nic White and Taniela Tupou got the Wallabies close to the Argentinian line then a penalty kick by Hodge put Australia on the board in the first four minutes. Australia 3 – Argentina 0
A minute later Los Pumas levelled the score with a penalty kick by Nicolas Sanchez. Australia 3 – Argentina 3
The Wallabies came out playing fast and they looked strong.
It took until the 10th minute for Los Pumas to have the ball for any decent amount of time.
Both teams were making small handling errors and giving the ball to the other team.
15th Minute and Hunter Paisami almost scored from a kick by Jordan Petaia but his foot was just on the line.
Australia were the dominant running team but they were making too many errors.
The 30th minute saw Los Pumas turn the defence into attack and gain ground with a solid run by Bautista Delguy.
Los Pumas took the lead in the 32nd minute with a penalty kick by Nicolas Sanchez. Michael Hooper would be regretting his earlier decision not to take the penalty shots at goal that were offered. Australia 3 – Argentina 6
Reece Hodge managed to equalise the scores with a penalty kick in the 36th minute. The kick sliced and looked like it was going to miss but curled back just in time. Australia 6 – Argentina 6
Tempers frayed in the dying minutes of the first half with a bit of push and shove. Australia received a penalty and again chose not to go for a penalty kick. From the line out Australia fed the ball out to the left side and Koroibete went over the line but he had received a forward pass.
Argentina received an official warning that they would lose a man if they kept giving away penalties after a Los Pumas player held the ball on the ground.
From the penalty Hodge added 3 points to the Wallabies score to close the first half. Australia 9 – Argentina 6
The 5th minute of the second half saw Julian Montoya of Argentina yellow carded for holding up play and sent to the sin bin for 10 minutes. Hodge took the penalty and put it between the posts. Australia 12 – Argentina 6
And, like the first half, two minutes later Nicolas Sanchez had a penalty kick but hooked it.
Light rain started falling and again a bit of a scuffle between the teams after a late tackle by Brandon Paenga-Amosa. The resulting penalty gave Los Pumas a chance, but they didn’t capitalise on it.
56th minute Reece Hodge took another penalty, after copping an arm to his throat earlier. The penalty was for a neck roll on Michael Hooper. Australia 15 – Argentina 6
Argentina got the ball down to the Wallabies line and Nic Wright was forced to kick the ball clear.
63rd minute and Nicolas Sanchez didn’t miss a penalty kick. Australia 15 – Argentina 9
And Sanchez followed up 4 minutes later with a penalty from 43 metres out. Australia 15 – Argentina 12
And then another penalty kick by Sanchez, after Australia didn’t follow the whistle, and he equalised the scores. Australia 15 – Argentina 15
Argentina were revved up and Tom Banks had to kick the ball to touch to relieve the pressure.
Reece Hodge had a chance to put the Wallabies back in the lead in the 77th minute but he pushed the kick wide.
Australia went on the attack in the final minutes forcing Argentina to ground the ball.
Argentina had a last-minute run and Australia had to put the ball into touch to finish the game.
A lost opportunity for Australia. A game they should have won.
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