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Australia v Argentina - Live
80 Full-time at Skilled Park. 23-19 to Australia in what is a heartbreaking loss for Argentina. Once again though they have shown themselves to be worthy of being in this competition. Congratulations to Australia who move above the Boks in the standings.
79 BEALE PENALTY! 23-19! A fine long-range kick as Australia put themselves more than a penalty ahead with seconds to go. Argentina ball 30 metres out..
76 Another chance goes their way as once again Hernandez finds a superb touch. However, Creevy's throw is crooked and that chance is now gone. Three minutes left now with Australia throwing in just inside their half. Argentina need some magic from El Mago.
74 They do not as hungry defence from the Wallabies forces the Pumas backwards before they're penalised at a ruck for holding on. Fine defence from the hosts.
72 Speaking of excellent, Hernandez has just sent a penalty into the Australian corner. Will they have the patience and skill to force a penalty here?
70 BARNES CONVERSION! 20-19! Excellent kick.
69 IOANE TRY! 18-19! Massive moment. Phipps has redeemed himself by breaking the line on the left wing and feeding his wing, who goes over about ten metres in from the touchline. Up steps Barnes (with cramp) for a conversion that would put them ahead.
67 Nick Phipps what are you doing? Australia were awarded a free-kick after Argentina had offended at the line-out and the Melbourne Rebels scrum-half proceeded to kick the ball out on the full. The term 'coach killer' comes to mind...thirteen minutes left.
65 What a welcome sound to Puma ears. Barnes blows his whistle against the Wallaby front-row for wheeling the scrum so Hernandez claims much-needed territory.
61 BARNES CONVERSION! 13-19! Simple enough.
60 MCCABE TRY! 11-19! It's not over yet. Sustained pressure led to numbers on the right and this QC found his man, a charging McCabe close to the posts.
59 Where do Australia go from here? Sharpe is down injured so they are missing another captain while Argentina are full of gusto and chatter as you might expect.
57 HERNANDEZ PENALTY! 6-19! Make that thirteen points.
56 Like London buses, this game has seen two tries in as many minutes. Ten points is now the lead ahead of what should be a fantastic final 25 minutes.
52 CABELLO TRY! 6-16! Yes, you are reading this right. Imhoff broke down the right wing and then put the ball back inside to his flanker. Unbelievable stuff.
51 Conversion missed by Hernandez.
50 LEONARDI TRY! 6-11! What a moment. Cooper is charged down and replacement Tomas Leonardi is the man who reacts first to ground over the whitewash.
49 BARNES PENALTY! 6-6! The Pumas eventually offend.
48 Now then, this is much better from Australia as Hooper shows his pace down the left wing. They are in the opposition 22 with Kane Douglas stretching his legs to take his side to within five. Is this the moment the Wallabies put themselves in the driving seat?
46 Australia are shooting themselves in the foot here with handling errors but do receive a get out of jail card when Argentina fail to release the tackled player.
44 Mistakes have hampered this game in all honesty as Phipps puts in on his own ten-metre. And the trend continues as Cooper throws a shocking pass to no one which leads to Argentina motoring to within five metres of the line. A try here would be huge.
Second-half Welcome back. Australia are in possession early on before Barnes kicks long to Amorosino, who again returns well into opposition territory.
40 Half-time at Skilled Park and Argentina lead 6-3. They haven't won on Australian soil since 1983...is that about to change? Stay with us for the second-half.
39 Argentina aren't giving Australia an inch at the breakdown as they continue to absorb these attacks. Camacho is off injured and replaced by Juan Imhoff.
38 Unbelievable guts and character from the Pumas as they disrupt that attacking scrum and force a penalty in the resulting play. What relief for Santiago Phelan as his side gets a little bit of breathing space for these last two minutes. Will they hold on?
36 They have some defending to do before the break and it could prove too much for the Pumas! Cooper puts in a well-timed pass into the hands of captain Sharpe, who gets over the line but is held up by Camacho. Great defence from the wing. Five-metre scrum.
33 Things have slowed down on the Gold Coast as one senses Argentina will be quite happy for half-time to come with this slender scoreline in their favour.
31 Kurtley Beale and James Slipper are on for Benn Robinson and Dom Shipperley - it's unclear whether that's for the duration. Australian scrum bang on halfway.
29 HERNANDEZ PENALTY! 3-6! Nightmare stuff for Cooper again as he fumbles the ball when going back to gather a clever grubber. That led to a Wallaby picking up the ball from an offside position, meaning Hernandez made them pay via the tee.
26 BARNES PENALTY! 3-3! The pressure is mounting on Argentina right now and they have a penalty advantage in their pocket..which eventually is blown for by Wayne Barnes. This time Berrick Barnes is successful to tie things up on the Gold Coast.
22 What about this? Great running from Ioane and Adam Ashley-Cooper sees them create space on the left wing, which was where it went to a waiting Radike Samo. He was over the line but lost the ball before grounding! Chance blown..how costly will that be?
19 Frustration for Cooper here as he takes his eye off the ball and spills it. Net result, a Pumas scrum on their own ten-metre. It's been an absorbing first 20 minutes.
17 There is a lot of Australian ball against solid Argentinean defence right now until Digby Ioane looks to make inroads off his wing. It leads to a penalty too as the Pumas tackler fails to release the player on the ground. Here is Barnes again...off the post!
13 Hernandez misses the resulting penalty to the left. Tough one.
12 MCCABE YELLOW! Still the Wallabies knock on the door though until Camacho intercepts and races downfield from his own 22! Is he going to have the pace to go all the way. Halfway, ten-metre, 22..he is brought down by centre McCabe, who then offends at the breakdown and ultimately earns himself a yellow card from Wayne Barnes.
8 But it backfires as Gonzalo Camacho gets isolated and then spills the ball forward in contact. That led to Rodrigo Roncero trying his best not to touch the ball from an offside position..but he couldn't resist. Up steps Berrick Barnes from distance..of the post.
5 So the early lead is with the Pumas but the Wallabies are looking to strike back as they attack from halfway. Quade Cooper looks up and puts one in behind the visiting defence, which full-back Amorosino replies to with a superb kick! Pumas ball here.
3 HERNANDEZ PENALTY! 0-3! Reward for their efforts.
Kick-off Here we go with Argentina attacking early on.
Team news Pat McCabe and Nick Phipps are in for Kurtley Beale and Will Genia while Kane Douglas replaces Sitaleki Timani. Argentina have made two changes as Lucas Amorosino and Martin Landajo start. The anthems and then kick-off is fast approaching.
Welcome Hello from Skilled Park as the Wallabies host the Pumas in what should be an epic game. We're all excited about this one so stay tuned for team news!
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