Aussies Go Second

Australia have defeated Argentina 36-20 in front of 16 202 fans in Perth on Saturday night to move to second spot in the Rugby Championship.  Scrumhalf Will Genia scored two tries for the Wallabies in a man of the match performance.  The bonus point victory was built on defence as the Australians capitalised on their opportunities to record their 20th win over Los Pumas in 26 meetings between the two nations.

The men in gold were able to improve again on their last start victory over the Springboks in Brisbane and will be buoyed for their return matches against the South Africans and Argentines (in London) to close out their 2016 Rugby Championship campaign.  Earlier New Zealand blew the Boks away 41-13 in Christchurch to confirm yet another southern hemisphere championship title.  The All Blacks ran in six tries to one after a spirited first half showing by the visitors, who trailed just 15-10.

Regarding the difference between the two sides, SA coach Allister Coetzee says:  ‘ The New Zealanders are very clinical.  They know when to play, where to play, and although they made a couple of mistakes in the first half, they took their chances.  That’s the difference between the two teams at this point in time.  Full credit to New Zealand, their systems are working well.  The transition from World Cup-winning team to the next has been very, very good, unlike in our case.  There are things which we can fix, the players now have a week off before we assemble again, and we will work very hard when we get together for the next two matches.’

The next round of matches in the Rugby Championship takes place on 1 October with the men in green and gold hosting the Aussies in Pretoria while the All Blacks visit Buenos Aires.

Photo credit: Comunicación UAR/ Gary Day