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Qantas Wallabies wrap up second in the Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship with win over Argentina

  
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7/10/2012
By Qantas Wallabies Media Unit


The Qantas Wallabies have secured their third win of the inaugural Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship with a strong six-point win over Argentina in Rosario this morning.

After a first half that was dominated by penalty goals the game opened up in the second half with both sides crossing for a try in the second half.

The opening try nearly came in the 51st minute when Qantas Wallabies flanker, Michael Hooper broke the line and ran 85-meters only to be pulled down 12 meters short of the line.

The Qantas Wallabies had another chance to extend their six-point half time lead in the 57th minute however Qantas Wallabies fullback, Mike Harris couldn’t continue his accurate first half kicking.

The missed opportunity allowed the Pumas to reduce the visitors lead to just three points in the 63rd minute when Pumas inside centre Marcelo Bosch, slotted his first penalty goal attempt.

Two minutes later the Qantas Wallabies won a scrum, 25 meters out from the try line in centre field and took full advantage with a set piece play sending Digby Ioane in for his second try of the Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship.

The five points extended the Australians lead to 12-20 and when Mike Harris converted Ioanes try the Qantas Wallabies led by 10-points.

The Australians went further ahead in the 74th minute after Harris kicked truly again for his sixth penalty goal of the Test to extend the visitors lead to 12-25 with just six minutes remaining.

Boosted by a passionate and vocal crowd the Pumas weren’t to be denied and when Brett Sheehan was shown a yellow card in the 75th minute the home side took full advantage and crossed for their first try of the match.

The successful conversion attempt by Bosch saw the Qantas Wallabies lead reduced to just six points with only five minute on the clock.

A long range penalty goal attempt by Qantas Wallabies fly half, Kurtley Beale in the 79th minute could have put the game out of reach for the Pumas, however the kick sailed wide.

A final thrust by the Pumas was cut short with some solid defence by the Qantas Wallabies who notched their third win of the inaugural Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship and in doing so claimed second place in the Championship.

The Qantas Wallabies will return home and enjoy a well-deserved week break before entering camp in preparation of the third and final Bledisloe Cup Test on 2012 at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday 20 October.


Minute by Minute:


First Half –.Kick-off 10:05 AEDT, by Australia.

2nd: Penalty to Australia offside, kick at goal.
3rd: Penalty goal attempt by Mike Harris successful, Argentina 0 – Australia 3.
4th: Knock on by Australia, scrum Argentina.
5th: Free kick to Argentina, Australia engaged early.
5th: Penalty to Australia not releasing the ball, kick to touch.
7th: Penalty to Australia offside at the ruck, kick at goal.
8th: Penalty goal attempt by Mike Harris successful, Argentina 0 – Australia 6.
9th: Knock on by Australia, scrum to Argentina.
9th: Kane Douglas substituted by Scott Higginbotham for Pitch Side Concussion Assessment.
10th: Penalty to Argentina not rolling away, kick at goal.
11th: Penalty goal attempt by Juan Martin Hernandez successful, Argentina 3 – Australia 6.
13th: Penalty to Australia hands in the ruck, kick at goal.
14th: Replacement by Australia, Kane Douglas replaced by Scott Higginbotham due to failing the Pitch Side Concussion Assessment.
14th: Penalty goal attempt by Mike Harris successful, Argentina 3 – Australia 9.
15th: Penalty to Argentina offside in the ruck, kick at goal.
16th: Penalty goal attempt by Juan Martin Hernandez successful, Argentina 6 – Australia 9.
17th: Knock on by Australia, scrum Argentina.
19th: Scrum to Australia, collapsed maul.
20th: Free kick Argentina, Australia engaged early.
20th: Knock on by Australia, play on.
21st: Penalty to Australia not rolling away, kick to touch.
23rd: Penalty to Australia not rolling away, kick at goal.
24th: Penalty goal attempt by Mike Harris successful, Argentina 6 – Australia 12.
25th: Penalty to Australia not rolling away, kick to touch.
25th: Yellow Card Argentina, Patricio Albacete.
26th: Penalty to Australia offside, kick at goal.
27th: Penalty goal attempt by Mike Harris successful, Argentina 6 – Australia 15.
29th: Penalty to Argentina collapsing a maul, kick at goal.
30th: Penalty goal attempt by Juan Martin Hernandez successful, Argentina 9 – Australia 15.
32nd: Penalty to Argentina hands in the ruck, quick tap.
33rd: Penalty to Australia not coming through the gate, kick at goal.
34th: Penalty goal attempt by Kurtley Beale unsuccessful, Argentina 9 – Australia 15.
35th: Knock on by Australia, scum Argentina.
36th: Penalty to Argentina front row angling in, kick at goal.
37th: Penalty goal attempt by Juan Martin Hernandez unsuccessful, Argentina 9 – Australia 15.
38th: Penalty to Argentina no rolling away, kick to touch.
39th: Knock on by Argentina, play on.
39th: Penalty to Argentina not rolling away, kick at goal.
40th: Penalty goal attempt by Juan Martin Hernandez unsuccessful, Argentina 9 – Australia 15.

Half Time: Argentina 9 – Australia 15.

Second half


41st: Substitution by Australia, James Slipper replaced by Benn Robinson.
41st: Knock on by Argentina, scrum to Australia.
42nd: Knock on by Australia, scrum to Argentina.
44th: Knock on by Australia, scrum to Argentina.
45th: Knock on by Australia, play on.
45th: Knock on by Argentina, scrum Australia.
47th: Knock on by Australia, scrum Argentina.
47th: Knock on by Argentina, scrum Australia.
48th: Knock on by Australia, scrum Argentina.
49th: Knock on by Argentina, play on.
50th: Penalty to Argentina not rolling away, kick to touch.
51st: Penalty to Argentina not releasing, kick to touch.
52nd: Knock on by Australia, scrum to Argentina.
55th: Penalty to Australia joining ruck incorrectly, kick at goal
57th: Penalty goal attempt by Mick Harris unsuccessful, Argentina 9 – Australia 15.
58th: Knock on by Australia, play on.
59th: Penalty to Argentina, sealing off.
62nd: Penalty to Argentina not rolling away, kick at goal
63rd: Substitution by Australia, Radike Samo replaced by Dave Dennis.
63rd: Penalty goal attempt by Marcelo Bosch successful, Argentina 12 – Australia 15.
64th: Scrum to Australia, maul unplayable.
65th: Try to Australia Digby Ioane, Argentina 12 – Australia 20.
66th: Conversion attempt by Mike Harris successful, Argentina 12 – Australia 22.
68th: Penalty to Argentina joining the maul from the side, kick to touch.
70th: Substitution by Australia, Sitaleki Timani replaced by Liam Gill.
71st: Scrum to Australia collapsed maul unplayable.
73rd: Penalty to Australia collapsing the scrum, kick at goal.
74th: Substitution by Australia, Nick Phipps replaced by Brett Sheehan.
74th: Penalty goal attempt by Mike Harris successful, Argentina 12 – Australia 25.
74th: Penalty to Argentina not rolling away, quick tap.
75th: Penalty to Argentina knocking the ball away, quick tp.
75th: Yellow Card to Australia, Brett Sheehan.
76th: Try to Argentina Juan Imhoff, Argentina 17 – Australia 25.
77th: Conversion attempt by Marcelo Bosch successful Argentina 19 – Australia 25.
79th: Penalty to Argentina not on your feet, quick tap.
79th: Penalty to Australia not on your feet, kick at goal.
80th: Penalty goal attempt by Kurtley Beale unsuccessful, Argentina 19 – Australia 25.
80th: Knock on by Argentina, full time.


Full Time: Argentina 19 – Australia 25.