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80 Beale misses to the left and Argentina look to go from their own line, but it's a mistake that ends the game. Full-time in Rosario and it's Australia who win by 25 points to 19. Well done to them and thanks for following. See you all for Rugby Championship 2013.
79 What a finish in Rosario as the Pumas throw everything at their opponents. However, they fumble in the difficult sweaty conditions and then follow that up by offending at a breakdown. Beale points to the posts from 60 metres. It's a clock eater.
77 BOSCH CONVERSION! 19-25! Hold on to your hats.
76 IMHOFF TRY! 17-25! Argentina look to finish with a flourish though as they set up camp five out. Once again though it's great defence from the Wallabies...or is it? A team drive over the line comes and it's replacement back Juan Imhoff the last to his feet.
74 HARRIS PENALTY! 12-25! Nail and coffin comes to mind.
71 It's not looking good. Australia are the ones in possession right now and also have decent territory as they pack down for a scrum 20 out. Midfield, lots of options.
68 So the Pumas have a mountain to climb now. They do have a line-out from about 25 metres out. Massive moment here as they look to respond in quick time.
66 HARRIS CONVERSION! 12-22! Simple extras.
65 IOANE TRY! 12-20! Just like that. First-phase ball for Australia and the Reds wing comes from the blindside to find a pass from Beale. It's an easy run-in.
63 BOSCH PENALTY! 12-15! What a passage. Argentina threw everything at the Australian line there with pick and drives from their forwards before wing Agulla had a run for the line on the left touchline...Great tackle from replacement Scott Higginbotham saved his side there but they won't be spared a penalty offence, which the centre kicks.
59 Here come the Pumas, breaking out from their own 22 via Amorosino. Now, can he draw and give to Agulla on halfway? Terrible pass that skids into touch.
57 He misses this one to the left.
55 Still no try in Rosario as Landajo spots Camacho free on the touchline with 60 metres to go. He is forced to kick but that goes straight out. And it gets worse for the Pumas soon after as they go off their feet at the breakdown. Chance for Harris again.
52 End-to-end stuff. Robinson offends so Argentina had a line-out about 20 out, which went too long so Hooper sprinted 70 metres. Unfortunately for the Wallabies though, Tapuai blows an overlap so Argentina survive, but only just. What pace from Hooper.
48 Leguizamon goes off for Tomas Leonardi, Nicolás Sánchez is on for Santiago Fernandez while a half-time change I missed was Benn Robinson on for James Slipper. Australia scrum on halfway. Boy there have been some errors and offences here today.
46 Well the penalties have been replaced by handling errors. It's back and forth with possession until the passage draws to a close with an away scrum near halfway.
43 That was better from the Wallabies as they ran hard at space with Beale involved but unfortunately Tapuai knocks-on soon after. Encouraging though, for both Australia coach Robbie Deans and the game as a spectacle. Argentina scrum on their ten-metre.
Second-half Welcome back. Hernandez gets us back underway with a kick down the middle, which leads to us ending up back on halfway with an Australian put-in.
40 Half-time. Wow, penalties, penalties penalties, penalties. Let's hope for more in the second 40 minutes at Estadio Gigante de Arroyito. It's 15-9 to the Wallabies.
39 Argentina ball on halfway...oh, a penalty. Chance for JMH.
37 Scrum penalty goes against Australia now so it's the turn of Hernandez here from distance. He also misses. The penalty count must be up around the 20 mark.
35 Argentina commit an offence on halfway so this time Beale steps up with a long-range attempt, which goes wide. Not long now until half-time in Rosario, it's 9-15.
32 Great kick to touch from Juan Manuel Leguizamon but nothing comes of that territory as now Ben Alexander, yes the prop, returns with a kick of his own.
29 HERNANDEZ PENALTY! 9-15! Now the Wallabies offend by collapsing a driving maul so it's Hernandez's turn to step up from wide on the left side.
27 HARRIS PENALTY! 6-15! Another penalty offence from Argentina so up steps Harris again with an easy shot from bang in front. Discipline is a problem.
25 ALBACETE YELLOW! Too many team offences.
24 HARRIS PENALTY! 6-12! Nick Phipps goes so close to scoring against the upright but fumbled the ball in motion. But there was an advantage already being played so Harris eventually takes a simple three points to move Australia up to 12..
22 Ioane is having a nightmare. Three knock-ons in three attempts I make it today. It doesn't cost his side though who are downfield soon after with a line-out 20 out.
19 Good defence from Australia as they weather that driving maul from Argentina close to halfway and in fact win themselves a scrum. Chance here for Beale and co, with plenty of width available...no, early engagement so possession changes hands.
16 HERNANDEZ PENALTY! 6-9! The offences are piling up in Rosario as the Wallabies infringe at ruck time. Another great strike from El Mago.
14 HARRIS PENALTY! 3-9! It is.
13 Patricio Albacete is the next penalised by referee Craig Joubert at the breakdown for hands so Harris again calls for the tee. Stay right there. Should be 3-9.
11 HERNANDEZ PENALTY! 3-6! Now it is Michael Hooper penalised for not rolling away so it is a first opportunity for Pumas number ten Juan Martin Hernandez from 45 metres out. Whack, he meant that as he cuts the lead back down to three points.
8 HARRIS PENALTY! 0-6! Top kick, like his one v Wales.
7 Another offence coming at ruck time against Argentina as they come around the side just outside their own 22. Harris might look for the shot here from very close to the touchline. Stand by for the result of this upcoming effort which would make it 0-6.
5 Bit scrappy after that penalty as Digby Ioane knocks-on in the air so it's a Pumas scrum on halfway. That turns into a free-kick to the hosts but they then hold on in the resulting tackle. This should be an easy clearing kick for fly-half Kurtley Beale here.
3 HARRIS PENALTY! 0-3! Early points for the Wallabies as the Pumas are caught offside. Up steps Harris from bang in front...no mistake from the Red.
Kick-off An emotional anthem from Argentina with tears from Rodrigo Roncero for his final game. Here we go on a perfect pitch in front of a sold-out crowd.
Team news Where to start? Australia are missing Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes....the list goes on so in come Ben Tapuai and Nick Cummins while Mike Harris is 15. Argentina meanwhile named an unchanged XV. Talk about being in different boats.
Welcome Hello and welcome from Estadio Gigante de Arroyito for the 2012 Rugby Championship finale between Argentina and Australia. This one should be great as the Pumas sense their first victory in the new tournament against a bruised and depleted Australia. The Wallabies are looking for a win that would see them finish second in the standings. Enjoy it!
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