The Wallabies stood tall in an upset of Argentina in Rosario on Sunday despite some poor form from Argentinian fans.
In front of 41,000 hostile fans, the Australian 25-19 win, the last game of the Rugby Championship, went a long way in saving the job of coach Robbie Deans. Winning the away contest seemed an unlikely task earlier in the week with a host of regulars missing from the Wallabies line-up, but the team’s heroic effort ensured Deans will see out the year as coach.
Argentina is known as one of the toughest locations to win away from home in the world and their fans showed why. The big controversy to come out of the game was the use of laser pointers by an Argentinian fan pointed at Mike Harris and Kurtley Beale’s faces as they attempted penalty kicks. It didn’t have a huge effect; Harris converted seven of eight attempts, but Beale missed both of his, although they came from long distance.
Beale was a standout player. His attack on the line when the game was close proved to be a vital contribution.
Injuries meant a bunch of untested players were put to the test, but they responded gallantly. Backs Harris, Nick Cummins and Ben Tapuai came into the game with just one cap between them, but rather played like seasoned vets of the international level while under huge amounts of pressure.
The win meant Australia finished equal second in the tournament and allowed the Wallabies to reclaim second spot on the world rankings table.
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