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Australia claimed its first Test scalp in an all-important World Cup lead-up with a 16-10 win over Argentina at Suncorp Stadium.
The Wallabies’ scrum dominated the Pumas’ and player of the match Will Genia, Kurtley Beale and comeback king Christian Leali’ifano put on an assured kicking display not seen for a long time from an Australian Test team.
Most pleasing was Australia’s defence, keeping the Pumas try-less until the 74th minute with disciplined, patient defence in front of an appreciative 31,559 crowd at the iconic Brisbane ground.
“Really pleasing, we love coming up here … really pleased with our play and how we bounced back from a short week’s turnaround,” captain Michael Hooper said.
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It was the victory the team and its fans needed to keep faith with coach Michael Cheika’s plan as time ticks down to the start of Australia’s World Cup campaign.
Two tough Tests against New Zealand are bearing down but the Wallabies have a week off to consolidate and map out a plan for their imperious old foes, who look to have lost key forward Brodie Retallick to a shoulder injury.
The Wallabies faltered when Cheika made mass changes in the second half but held on with steely defence and a ferocious work rate from
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