Australia v Argentina: Wallabies scrape past Pumas

Australia v Argentina in the second Rugby Championship

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Australia scraped past Argentina in the second Rugby Championship fixture on Saturday to snap their four-match losing streak.

However, the win was far from convincing, with the Pumas making the Wallabies work hard, restricting them to a 14-13 victory in Perth.

The win means Australia are now off the foot of the table after a try from Israel Folau and nine points from Christian Leali’ifano’s boot handed Ewen McKenzie his first win as Wallabies coach at the fourth attempt.

The Pumas struggled to deal with the wind and rain at the Subiaco Oval, although they did manage to assert their supremacy in the scrum. They dominated possession in the second half but failed to make it count, only managing to score one converted try through Juan Manuel Leguizamon. They also scored a couple of penalties.

Argentina will host New Zealand in their next fixture in two weeks’ time, hoping to secure their first victory in the competition. The visitors have a 100% record in the Rugby Championship so far after beating South Africa 29-15 in Auckland earlier on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Australia face the South Africans on September 28 hoping to build on their victory. The Springboks, however, will be hoping to bounce back from their first defeat of the 2013 competition.

They currently trail the New Zealanders by four points at the top of the table and will be hoping to still be in contention when they host the All Blacks on October 5, the final day of the tournament, in what could be a winner-takes-all encounter.

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