Kerevi double sparks Wallabies win

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by Beth Newman

A Samu Kerevi double sparked a 33-21 Wallabies victory over Argentina at Twickenham.

Kerevi put in his best Test performance of his career to score either side of half-time, as the Wallabies finished their Rugby Championship campaign with a win.

Both five-pointers came at crucial times, the first in the 39th minute off a strong attacking run and the latter in the 50th after a Michael Hooper turnover.

Those tries were far from the only opportunities that Kerevi had, with the outside centre looking dangerous with plenty of possessions, those eventual scores seeming inevitable.

In a frenetic opening minutes, it looked as if the Wallabies’ South African frustrations had carried over to London, with Australia unable to capitalise when the Pumas knocked on at the kick-off.

A Will Genia kick was charged down deep in Argentinian attacking territory, though they were let off with a Puma caught offside.

Lock Adam Coleman made the most of his chance in the sixth minute, crashing over after a Dane-Haylett-Petty burst to give the Wallabies an early try.

High tackles proved the killer for the Wallabies, whether it be through neglect or recklessness, with yellow cards handed out to Michael Hooper and Adam Coleman after four penalties in the opening half hour.

Jeronimo de la fuente scored for the Pumas. Photo: Getty ImagesArgentina took little time in trying to punish the Australians with their one-man advantage,with a potential Pumas try disallowed before a Rory Arnold penalty led to another set piece chance for the Pumas deep in attack, with Matias Alemanno the beneficiary.

Wallabies captain Stephen Moore said discipline was something they would be looking at after the win, speaking to SKY Sports post-match.

“We probably tackled a bit high in that first half. We felt the consequences of that .We’ll look at that and go again," he said.

Argentina began to assert their dominance in the scrum, forcing two penalties and stealing one against the Wallabies scrum.

The Pumas pounced early in the second half, catching the Wallabies in a momentary lapse after a penalty, with Jeronimo de la Fuente crossing, closing the gap to just three points.

Samu Kerevi had a double. Photo: Getty ImagesWill Genia was influential for the Wallabies, producing another stellar effort in what has been a near-flawless return to Test rugby for the former Red.

Leroy Houston finally made his Wallabies debut, 11 years after first being included in a touring squad, with 10 minutes of game time after replacing Lopeti Timani.

Iglesias added three points to the Pumas score in the 69th minute after a bizarre encounter between Wallabies scrumhalf Nick Phipps and the Argentinian trainer, with Phipps pushing the trainer after the Argentinian touched the ball.

A spectacular intercept try from Dean Mumm sealed the result for the Wallabies in the 77th minute.

Moore praised his side’s defence after the match, with Australia fighting against a weight of Argentinian possession throughout.

“They had a lot of possession up there and we hung tight together and defended well, didn’t let them over the line,” he said.

“We were very proud of that part of the game.”

The victory was Australia’s first on the road since last year’s World Cup semi-final against Argentina at the same ground and Moore said it ticked off a major milestone for many of their rookies.

“We’ve got a lot of young players in this team who probably haven’t played at this stadium and they’ll learn a lot from tonight,” he said.

“We probably played better last week, to be honest, but that’s how footy goes sometimes."

The Wallabies return to Australia this week before a final Bledisloe clash in Auckland and a five-Test Spring Tour next month.


(Tries: Alemanno, De la Fuente Cons: Iglesias Pens: Iglesias 3 )


(Tries: Kerevi 2,  Coleman, Mumm Cons: Foley 2  Pens: Foley 3 )