Wales vs Argentina – score, result & mini review

Wales vs Argentina – score, result & mini review
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Wales 27
Argentina 20

What started off as a lackluster friendly, turned into a hard fought nailbiter at the Millenium Stadium today.

At half time, it looked like Wales were running away with it up 27-10. The visitors seemed to be losing all shape and discipline under pressure, almost like we were back in the days when the Pumas were an amateur side. You figured Wales were going to at least stick on another 20 points.

However, Los Pumas came back in true latino fashion – mashing with their tight forwards, the wingers stepping and weaving beautifully. In fact, in the final play of the game it took a good call from the TMO to disallow an Argentinian try from an extended run of driving play on the Wales line.

James Hook again looked classy, making breaks and setting up tries, although his place kicking was uncharacteristically wayward. I’ve got to admit though that I was only really watching the game with one eye (friends around) so can’t give much more fine detail.

From an Aussie point of view though this Wales side isn’t showing too much to sweat over, but we all know these guys can be giant beaters at home, and won’t be scared of the Wallabies.

For Wales:
Tries: Thomas, A-W Jones, M Jones
Cons: Hook 3
Pen: Hook 2

For Argentina:
Tries: Corleto 2
Cons: Todeschini 2
Pens: Todeschini 2

Yellow card(s): Borges (Argentina) – dangerous challenge, 28; Rees (Wales) – killing the ball, 79

The teams:

Wales: 15 Kevin Morgan, 14 Dafydd James, 13 Tom Shanklin, 12 Gareth Thomas (captain), 11 Mark Jones, 10 James Hook, 9 Dwayne Peel, 8 Alix Popham, 7 Martyn Williams, 6 Jonathan Thomas, 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Ian Gough, 3 Adam Jones, 2 Matthew Rees, 1 Duncan Jones.
Replacements: 16 T Rhys Thomas, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Will James, 19 Colin Charvis, 20 Mike Phillips, 21 Ceri Sweeney, 22 Jamie Robinson.

Argentina:15 Federico Serra, 14 Lucas Borges, 13 Mart�n Gait�n, 12 Felipe Contepomi, 11 Ignacio Corleto, 10 Federico Todeschini, 9 Agust�n Pichot (captain), 8 Gonzalo Longo, 7 Juan Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Juan Manuel Leguizam�n, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Ignacio Fern�ndez Lobbe, 3 Mart�n Scelzo, 2 Mario Ledesma, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.
Replacements: 16 Alberto Vernet Basualdo, 17 Santiago Gonz�lez Bonorino, 18 Rimas Alvarez Kairelis, 19 Mart�n Durand, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Manuel Contepomi, 22 Horacio Agulla

Referee: Chris White (England)
Touch judges: Tony Spreadbury (England), George Clancy (Ireland)


Matt started G&GR just before the 2007 Rugby World Cup and has been enslaved ever since. Follow him on twitter: @MattRowley

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