Wallabies secure comeback victory over Argentina despite Cooper injury | Latest Rugby News

The Wallabies have mounted an impressive comeback to take a 41-26 win over Argentina in Mendoza.

Dave Rennie’s men were stunned early on as Pablo Matera and the Pumas struck first, taking a quick 10-3 lead.

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A penalty try and a yellow card to lock Matías Alemanno in the second half proved the key turning point as the visitors charged into the lead thanks to dominant showings from man of the match Rob Valetini and Folau Fainga’a.

Len Ikitau’s late try helped seal the bonus point and the win for the Wallabies, although it came at a cost with the loss of Quade Cooper to a suspected ankle injury.

Cooper was arguably the Wallabies’ best in the first half as Pablo Matera opened the scoring for the Pumas in the fifth minute.

The returning flyhalf made his mark instantly as he nailed a penalty, before Emiliano Boffelli hit back with two of his own.

Needing a response, Cooper came up with a piece of magic, drawing the defenders in before finding Jordan Petaia as the winger dived over the line to reduce the margin.

Dave Rennie’s men continued to go onto the attack, however a lack of execution and a growing penalty stifled their opportunities.

Cooper continued his strong first half as he burst through the line, before a loose pass brought them undone.

Five minutes later, the Japanese-based flyhalf stepped and went close, however, a trademark flick hit James Slipper in the head and caused the turnover.

This allowed Boffelli to add his third penalty of the night as they fed off a strong crowd in Mendoza.

Some excellent work from Darcy Swain at the rolling maul shut down a threatening attack from Los Pumas, before Boffelli’s fourth gave the hosts a 19-10 lead at the break.

Needing a spark, some exciting interchange between Tom Wright and Jordan Petaia almost produced a try, before they were stung by the loss of Cooper to a suspected ankle injury.

The injury failed to stop their momentum as Fraser McReight stepped up in Michael Hooper’s absence to dive over the line.

With the visitors on the attack, Argentina produced some exciting counter-attacks to break open the game, with Juan Martín González Samso finishing off in the corner.

They eventually got the opportunity they deserved when the forwards combined for a penalty try from the rolling maul.

Lock Matías Alemanno was yellow carded as a result, with Reece Hodge’s long boot putting the Wallabies in front for the first time in the game.

With the hosts still down a man, Folau Fainga’a capped off his strong performance with a trademark try from the rolling maul to push the lead past a converted try.

It set up a remarkable finish with the result well and truly secured as both teams hunted for a bonus point; Argentina a losing one and a three-try bonus point for the Wallabies.

Both teams decided to throw the ball around at will with players gassed as Nick Frost somehow won the race to a kick, before Hunter Paisami and Len Ikitau connected to cap off an incredible win.

WALLABIES 41

TRIES: Petaia, McReight, Penalty try, Fainga’a, Ikitau

CONS: Cooper 1/1, Hodge 3/3

PENCE: Cooper 1/1, Hodge 1/1

ARGENTINA 26

TRIES: Matera, González Samso

CONS: Boffelli 2/2

Pence: Boffelli 4/5

Argentina: 15 Juan Cruz Mallía, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martín González Samso, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Francisco Gómez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Thomas Gallo, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Santiago Grondona, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Lautaro Bazán Vélez, 22 Tomas Albornoz, 23 Matias Moroni.

Australia:15 Tom Wright, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Jed Holloway, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper (captain)

Replacements: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Pete Samu, 22 Jake Gordon, 23 Reece Hodge.

Referees: Mike Adamson (Scotland)

Assistant referees: Karl Dickson (England), Chris Busby (Ireland)

TMO:Marius van der Westhuizen [South Africa]

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