Australia come from behind to beat tiring Argentina

Australia come from behind to beat tiring Argentina

Australia was also ruthless in taking advantage of the sin-binning of Pumas prop Enrique Pieretto, running in three tries in the final 10 minutes to halfbacks Will Genia and Nick Phipps then second-Test hooker Jordan Uelese, the first of what should be many.

Moroni chased down his own kick to grab a second converted score for Argentina with a minute to go, but when they kicked the ball straight out of play from the restart, the resulting line-out led to Uelese's closing converted try.

Five second-half tries were evidence of a much improved performance after the break in the 45-20 victory at Canberra Stadium and it was the manner of that performance that pleased Cheika most.

Scrum-half Martin Landajo burrowed over for the first try and, though Folau finished off a flowing backline move to reply soon afterwards, Argentina led 13-10 at half-time.

"I think that's been a good balance but it's the competition for the spots", Cheika said.

"You'd need to be a neuro-scientist I reckon for that one, and maybe they wouldn't even know the answer", he said.

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Cheika wasn't particularly happy with the first-half efforts of his back-row of skipper Michael Hooper and Ned Hanigan and No.8 Sean McMahon, who were outplayed by the Pumas.

Argentina were leading the All Blacks after an hour of their match last week and coach Daniel Hourcade was once again forced to try to explain why his side can be so competitive for an hour and still have no wins in this season's tournament.

Australia opened the scoring through Foley's penalty but Argentina were dominating possession and Nicolas Sanchez levelled the scores in the 15th minute after the Pumas pack had rolled a maul deep into the home 22.

Foley and Sanchez exchanged early penalties before Landajo went over for the Pumas after some excellent build-up work.

"I'm not sure why because it's a Test match, you're playing for Australia but they sorted themselves in the second half and that was better rugby from us".

Cheika was at a loss to explain why his side were so insipid in the first half, after which they trailed 13-10, before catching fire in the second.