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Australia v Argentina - Live
80 FULL TIME: AUSTRALIA 14 ARGENTINA 13
80 The throw in to the line-out is not straight, and with that the game is back in Australia's hands. The Wallabies pick-n'-drive to run down the clock. The hooter sounds and White kicks the ball into touch to hand Australia the narrowest of victories over a gutsy Pumas side.
78 A little knock-on at the breakdown give the Wallabies the put in to a scum about 35 metres out from the Argentine try line. Australia get a solid base from the set piece and a penalty is awarded. Lealiifano will take his time with the kick as the clock runs down. The kick is missed and the game is still alive.
75 Australia frantically fling the ball around on the Pumas 22, looking to go through the phases and force a penalty. A shocking drop-kick by Toomua gives the Pumas a chance to bang the 22 drop-out deep.
73 An exchange of kicks gives Argentina the throw to a line-out just inside of their own territory. The maul is set and marches into the Wallabies half, but as soon as the backs are used they are caught well behind the advantage line and Australia win the penalty. White finds touch in the Argentine 22.
70 Australia win a kicking dual, as they have done for most of this encounter. A breakdown penalty is won and Australia have a chance to score their first points of the second half. Lealiifano duffs the kick and it remains a one point game.
68 Argentina win a line-out against the throw but a poor kick allows the Wallabies to counter. Toomua has come into the fly-half position and pins the Pumas deep into the corner of their own half.
66 CONVERSION, SANCHEZ, 14-13: The kick is good and we have a one point game.
65 TRY, ARGENTINA, LEGUIZAMON, 14-11: Contepomi stands up the defence and shifts a deft ball to the big loose forward who crashes over the top of White and scores the Pumas first try.
64 A long kick ends up in the Australian dead ball area and Cooper restarts the action with a 22 metre drop-out. Argentina have found some believe are are not hitting the defensive line with pace and power.
61 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ, 14-6: The feed is not straight and Argentina are awarded the penalty. The referee points to the poles and Sanchez registers the first points of the second spell.
60 The backs finally get a chance to run, but are static and make no real impression on the defensive line. The move ends with a handling error and Australia will feed the scrum on their own 22 metre line.
58 As expected a maul is set up and after some momentum is earned the Pumas try to go wide. Hooper almost pulls off an interception but can't hold on and Argentina have a scrum on the Wallaby 22.
56 A huge tackle from Cummins catches the Pumas behind the advantage line. Australia now have possession in centre field but Argentina win the penalty at the breakdown and decide to set up an attacking line-out.
55 A massive scrum for the South Americans earns five metres before winning the penalty. Argentina decide to go for poles on this occasion. Sanchez just doesn't have enough legs and the ball drops short.
53 A strange little kick from White turns possession over, and the Pumas kick long. Folau gets his hands on the ball and injects some much needed skill into the attack. Another barrage of high kicks eventually concludes with a scrum to Argentina in centre field.
52 A poor kick by Hernandez at the back goes straight into touch and Australia will have the line-out deep in Argentine territory.
51 The ball is freed from the scrum and now Argentina attack with ball in hand. Australia win the breakdown penalty and the host get out of jail after being tested on defence for the first time in this match.
48 The Pumas are putting huge pressure on the Five metre scrum and earn let another penalty. A penalty try could be on the cards if this continues.
47 Argentina once again can't free the ball up and Australia are given the scrum. It's a strange decision as Mowen looked to have come in from the side and collapsed the maul. The hosts are definitely getting the rub of the green.
46 A huge Argentinian scrum earns the visitors a penalty. It's decision time and they keep the pressure on by setting up a five metre line-out.
45 The Pumas try the maul again but can't release the ball and Australia win the put in to the scrum.
41 Cooper gets the second half under way. Australia immediately play the territory game and the Pumas will have to work their way out of their 22 once again.
HALF TIME: AUSTRALIA 14 ARGENTINA 3
40 The Wallabies take a solid lead into the break but the Pumas will have the wind at their backs in the second spell. The wind should allow the South Americans to gain some territorial advantage and claw their way back into the encounter after the break.
40 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, LEALIIFANO, 14-3: A penalty is given to the Wallabies for lazy running and the lead is extended by Lealiifano.
40 A couple of handling errors give Australia a scrum on the 22 metre line and it will be the last chance of the first half.
38 Some good work at the breakdown is undone by a poor kick directly into touch by the Pumas' scrum-half. Australia have a line-out on the 10 metre line. White gets clean ball and sends a bomb into the Argentine 22, its not dealt with and Australia have a line-out deep in the red zone.
36 The Pumas on attack are making metres with ease but the Wallabies get away with playing the ball on the ground and Australia escape with more than a little fortune.
34 A free kick at the scrum allows Argentina to tap and cross the halfway line with possession. An exchange of kicks gives Argentina a line-out on the Australian 10 metre line.
32 The opening half hour has been played almost exclusively in Argentina's territory. The South Americans will need to start playing in the right area of the field if they are to come back into the contest. A knock-on by the visitors once again surrenders possession just on their own side of the half-way line.
30 The hosts win another breakdown penalty directly off the restart and kick themselves back into Pumas territory.
29 Lealiifano misses the conversion from his more difficult side.
28 TRY, AUSTRALIA, FOLAU, 11-3: Australia are hot on attack, as they have been for the majority of the contest. Folau is finally brought into play and some quick feet five metres out see's the big wing over the line.
26 A nothing kick from Quade Cooper allows the Pumas to counter attack. Another turnover though lets White find some space at the back with a raking kick and the visitors are pinned back in their 22.
24 Pick-n'-drive play earns the Wallabies some metres, but as the momentum starts to build a penalty is conceded for illegal cleaning. Pumas clear to touch and are in need of some possession.
21 The hosts are doing well to attack in phases with the wet ball, but a poor clean out results in a turn over. Ping pong kicking ensues and Australia are given a penalty for the chases not retiring. White once again sets up an attacking line-out.
19 Argentina get into the right half of the field but then give away a soft penalty, as the kick chase was offside. White takes the kick for touch and the Wallabies are back in the red zone.
17 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, LEALIIFANO, 6-3: The Aussie scrum, under pressure, is given the penalty. Lealiifano has the chance to put the hosts into the lead. Its a solid strike and the Wallabies are in front.
14 Argentina run from deep, but the slippery conditions aids the dropped ball. The Wallabies will have the scrum on the Pumas 10 metre line.
11 PENALTY, AUSTRALIA, LEALIIFANO, 3-3: A kicking contest results in a breakdown penalty for the hosts. Lealiifano makes no mistake and the scores are level.
10 O'Connor takes crash ball but is absolutely smashed in the mid-field.
9 Moore dries the ball before the throw-in, as the rain gets even heavier. Australia kick good possession away and the mark is taken at the back for the Pumas.
7 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ, 0-3: Argentina get the first kickable penalty of the match after the forwards flood the breakdown. Sanchez opens the scoring.
5 Argentina's first attack is cut short by the referee because James Slipper is down injured. He looks alright and the game will restart with a scrum.
4 The first scrum of the game, and the visitors have an early chance to make a statement. Australia go backwards and White kicks the ball directly into touch after the pressure came through on the scrum-half.
2 The Pumas' defence hold firm and a penalty allows the visitors to clear to the safety of touch.
1 Argentina kick off and the match is under way in a cold and wet Perth. A long clearance from White is not dealt with at the back and Australia have an early attacking line-out.
Ben Mowen leads out the Wallabies as the rain comes down in Perth. Good news for the Pumas.
Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has made five changes to his starting XV for this clash. Amongst the backs, Tomas Cubelli comes in for Martin Landajo at scrum-half while on the right wing Juan Imhoff replaces Gonzalo Camacho who is ruled out with a dislocated shoulder sustained in los Pumas' 28-13 defeat to the All Blacks in Hamilton last weekend. In other back-line changes, veteran centre Felipe Contepomi joins Gonzalo Tiesi in midfield in place of Santiago Fernandez and Marcelo Bosch while the only change amongst the forwards sees Agustin Creevy starting at hooker in place of Eusebio Guinazu.
The big news is in the Wallabies camp is that coach Ewen McKenzie has dropped scrum-half Will Genia, who also captained the side in last weekend's loss to the Springboks. his place has been taken by Nic White while Ben Mowen takes over the captaincy at number eight. The change at scrum-half is one of four made to McKenzie's matchday squad with Ben Alexander also regaining his place at tighthead prop. Powerful 125kg Waratahs lock Sitaleki Timani will bring size in his return to the Australian fold and has been included on a bench which also includes Brumbies outside back Tevita Kuridrani.
Hello and welcome to Patersons Stadium in Perth for this Rugby Championship clash between our hosts, Australia and Argentina. Don't go away! We'll be back soon with team news.
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