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STUNNING SECOND HALF FIGHTBACK EARNS VICTORY IN SALTA FOR QANTAS WALLABIES
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The Qantas Wallabies have produced a stunning second half fightback to defeat Argentina 45-34 in Salta on Sunday morning (AEDT).
The Wallabies trailed by 24 points at the main break, with a try inside the opening two minutes by surging back rower Pablo Matera sparking a four-try first half blitz from the Pumas, who by the half time whistle had already registered their highest Test score against Australia.
Going into the dressing rooms at 31-7 down, the response from the men in gold was emphatic as they ran in five unanswered second half tries to run away with the most unlikely of victories.
Putting a frantic and panicked first half performance behind them, the turnaround kicked-started four minutes after the break when Michael Hooper’s chargedown close to the line gifted Izack Rodda his first Test try.
Israel Folau then chimed in on the act as he swerved through the middle and dotted down under the posts after the Wallabies had built 11 phases of attack. Another patient build-up three minutes later allowed Dane Haylett-Petty to cross for the first of his second half double.
A powerful effort from David Pocock, who cleaned up a loose ball and carried three defenders over the line, set up the first lead of the match for the visitors, and they never looked back. Pocock was again involved in Haylett-Petty’s second, turning the ball back to the Wallabies fullback after he had batted a Bernard Foley cross-field kick back inside.
The second half comeback was the largest ever in a Rugby Championship Test, and meant that the Wallabies avoided finishing in last position in the 2018 tournament.
Haylett-Petty took man of the match honours, but it was the Wallabies leaders who stood up when it mattered most and sparked a remarkable fightback.
As it happened:
2 mins: Pablo Matera try; Nicolas Sanchez con AUS 0-7 ARG
4 mins: Emiliano Boffelli try; Nicolas Sanchez con AUS 0-14 ARG
14 mins: Michael Hooper try; Bernard Foley con AUS 7-14 ARG
27 mins: Jeronimo De la Fuente try; Nicolas Sanchez con AUS 7-21 ARG
31 mins: Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias try; Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias con AUS 7-28 ARG
38 mins: Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias pen AUS 7-31 ARG
44 mins: Izack Rodda try; Bernard Foley con AUS 14-31 ARG
48 mins: Israel Folau try; Bernard Foley con AUS 21-31 ARG
51 mins: Dane Haylett-Petty try; Bernard Foley con AUS 28-31 ARG
61 mins: Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias pen AUS 28-34 ARG
63 mins: David Pocock try; Bernard Foley con AUS 35-34 ARG
66 mins: Dane Haylett-Petty try; Bernard Foley con AUS 42-34
75 mins: Bernard Foley pen AUS 45-34 ARG
77 mins: Tolu Latu yellow card