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- International Match
- 10th Nov 2012
- KO 14:30
- Ground: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
- Att: 72,896
Wales v Argentina - Live
full-time Wales 12 Argentina 26
80 Argentina are running down the clock with their forwards inside their 22. They take the ball through more than 10 phases and referee Poite eventually puts the hosts out of their misery when he blows the final whistle. The Pumas thoroughly deserve this win as they really dominated all facets of play in the second half.
It's another indication of the southern hemisphere's dominance over the north as the weakest team in the Rugby Championship have comprehensively outplayed and beaten the Six Nations Champions. Wales will have to go back to the drawing board as they looked a little flat especially on the attack. They will have to improve soon though as they face a much improved Samoa team next week.
79 Wales are on the attack close to Argentina's try-line but the visitors are keeping them out with resilient defence! The home side eventually lose possession when McCusker is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground.
76 Paul James runs onto an inside pass from George north but is smashed in the tackle by Juan Manuel Leguizamon and Juan Gomez!
74 Referee Poite penalises Ryan Bevington for dropping his bind at a scrum and Sanchez steps up to take a shot at goal form 50 metres out. His effort is on target but falls just short of the cross-bar!
72 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 12-26. Sanchez extends his side's lead once again after Josh Turnbull is pinned for an infringement at a ruck. Wales skipper Sam Warburton leaves the field with a blood injury and is replaced by Justin tipuric.
69 Sanchez drops into the pocket again but this time his attempted drop goal is well wide of the posts!
67 Wales get the put-in at a scrum but the Pumas soon win possession when they push the hapless hosts' pack off the ball!
66 Mike Phillips tries to break around the fringe of a ruck but wins little ground as Fernandez Lobbe puts in a big hit.
64 Scott Williams gets the ball in space and sets off on an attacking run. He beats three Pumas defenders before Agulla brings him to ground with a well-timed tackle.
62 Argentina are dominating in all aspects of this game at the moment! Their forwards have just counter-rucked their opponents off the ball deep inside their own 22.
61 CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 12-23. Sanchez steps up and adds the extra points from close to the touchline!
60 TRY, ARGENTINA, CAMACHO! 12-21. The Pumas take the ball out wide and Gonzalo Comacho touches down in the right-hand corner despite a desperate tackle from Halfpenny!
58 Argentina have upped the ante in this second half. They go on the attack from deep inside their half and only lose possession when Cabello knocks on a difficult pass close to the halfway mark.
56 CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 12-16. Sanchez adds the easy two-pointer to extend the visitors' lead!
55 TRY, ARGENTINA, IMHOFF! 12-14. Juan Imhoff rounds off under the posts after running onto a pass form Fenandez Lobbe!
52 DROP GOAL, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 12-9. Sanchez repeats his feat from the first half to narrow the gap to three points!
51 Faletau is penalsied for going off his feet at a ruck. Hernandez puts the ball into touch midway between the 10 metre line and Wales' 22.
49 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 12-6. Halfpenny adds the extras after Guinazu fails to roll away at a ruck. This is the hooker's final act of the match as he is replaced after this indiscretion by Augustin Creevy.
46 Hernandez is yanked off and replaced by Horacio Agulla.
44 Sanchez misses with another attempt at goal after Knoyle infringes at a ruck. He slips horribly this time and his kick doesn't even reach the uprights!
42 Nicolas Sanchez gets a chance to draw the visitors level after Rob McCusker is pinned for a ruck infringement. Sanchez's effort strikes the upright, however, and Wales gain a reprieve!
40 Hernandez gets the second half started with a deep hanging kick. George North gathers but is soon swamped inside his half by several Pumas defenders.
40 Alun Wyn Jones leaves the field with a hand injury. He is replaced by rob McCusker. Argentina win a turnover after Wales are awarded a scrum. The Pumas make little headway though as Tiesi knocks on. The referee blows his whistle soon afterwards to signal half-time. It's been a scrappy affair with both teams' defensive efforts outshining their attacking ability. It's still either side's game and we're in for an interesting second half.
39 The Pumas win a turnover and Martin Landajo sets off towards the try-line! He is stopped by a desperate tackle inside Wales' 22 from Toby Faletau!
36 Wales are awarded a penalty when Julio Farias Cabello holds onto the ball on the ground close to the halfway line. Priestland puts in a 50 metre kick into touch inside Argentina's 22.
34 Wales go on the attack inside their half and swing the ball wide to Alex Cuthbert who is bundled into touch by Imhoff.
32 Alun Wyn Jones is penalised for a late charge on Hernandez. The Pumas' full-back dusts himself off and puts the ball out just outside Wales' 22.
29 Argentina are on the attack just inside Wales' half but they struggle to get over the advantage line as the home side's defence is well organised.
27 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 9-6. Halfpenny puts his team into the lead after Eusebio Guinazu is penalised for not releasing a tackled player on the ground.
24 This time Wales' medical staff rush onto the field after the Dragons' inside centre Jamie Roberts stays down after Tiesi clatters into him. He gets up groggily but is soon replaced by James Hook.
22 Halfpenny does well when despite great pressure from Gonzalo Camacho, inside Wales' 22, he puts in a clearance kick which goes into touch midway between the halfway line and his 22 metre mark.
20 After Argentina take the ball through several phases in Wales' half, the ball comes out to Sanchez who tries another drop goal. His effort is off target, however, and goes to the right of the upright!
18 Imhoff goes on a blistering run down the touchline in Wales' 22! He kicks ahead for Tiesi to chase but the midfielder knocks on when he tries to gather the bouncing ball in front of the try-line!
17 Hernandez launches a bomb and Halfpenny goes up but fails to hang on as he is challenged in the air by Tuculet. Luckily for Halfpenny the ball goes backwards and some of his team-mates consolidate.
14 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 6-6. Halfpenny draws his side level after Juan Imhoff infringes at a ruck!
13 There's some concern as Contepomi stays down after taking a big hit at a ruck. He is taken off the field by the medical staff with what looks like a knee injury. Joaquin Tuculet comes on as his replacement.
10 DROP GOAL, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 3-6. After Argentina's forwards set up a couple of phases just outside Wales' 22 Nicolas Sanchez drops into the pocket before landing the snap shot!
9 Argentina are on the attack close to Wales' 22. Juan Martin Hernandez puts a grubber kick through but Halfpenny does well to field it deep inside his 22 despite great pressure from the Pumas chasers.
7 PENALTY, WALES, HALFPENNY! 3-3. Leigh Halfpenny draws the home side level after referee Romain Poite penalises Marcos Ayerza for illegal scrummaging.
4 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, CONTEPOMI! 0-3. Felipe Contepomi puts the game's first points on the board after Ian Evans is penalised for a high tackle on Nicolas Sanchez.
1 Gonzalo Tiesi takes the ball into contact but his knocked backwards as he takes a big hit from his opposite number Scott Williams!
Kick-off The big news is that the stadium's roof is closed which means that the weather will not be a factor in this clash. Rhys Priestland gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe who sets up a ruck on the edge of his 22.
Anthem The team's line up for the national anthems. First up is Argentina's National Patriotic Song, followed shortly afterwards by the hosts' land of our fathers. The hairs on the back of my neck are standing up as the entire stadium belts out Wales' anthem!
Team News Pumas coach Santiago Phelan has made rung the changes to his starting XV. Veteran centre Felipe Contepomi returns to the side to win his 79th cap. He replaces Marcelo Bosch who is unavailable due to club commitments. Contepomi's return is one of six changes and two positional switches from the defeat to Australia last time out. Former Harlequins and Stade Francais centre Gonzalo Tiesi will make his first appearance since the 2011 World Cup, while fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez has been shifted to full-back. Instead Bordeaux-Begles' Nicolas Sanchez has been preferred by coach Phelan in the number 10 role. Lock Patricio Albacete is an injury absentee after suffering a fracture near his eye, with flanker Julio Farias Cabello moving into the second row to partner Manuel Carizza. Leonardo Senatore coming into the back row. In the front row Leicester's Marcos Ayerza benefits from the retirement of Rodrigo Roncero and the absence of Gomez Kodela to start on the loosehead side of the scrum. Gonzalo Camacho is selected to start on the wing while Horacia Agulla has to make do with a seat on the bench.
Team News Wales caretaker coach Rob Howley has surprised with some of the choices in his starting XV. Amongst the backs, youngster Tavis Knoyle starts ahead of Mike Phillips at scrum-half while Scott Williams starts at outside centre instead of his club-mate Jonathan Davies. There's also a return in midfield for Jamie Roberts, who missed Wales' tour to Australia in June. In the forwards Aaron Jarvis will make his Wales debut in the place of Lions prop Adam Jones, who is recovering from knee trouble, while flanker Josh Turnbull makes his second start for his country in place of ankle injury victim Dan Lydiate.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff for this international Test between our hosts Six Nations Champions Wales and the newest members of the Rugby Championship tournament, Argentina. We'll be back shortly with team news!
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