Australia takes down Argentina to set up decider with New Zealand

The Koala July 30, 2015 0

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Three second half tries helped Australia storm to a 34-9 victory over Argentina in Mendoza on Sunday, setting up a Rugby Championship decider with New Zealand.

The bonus point victory meant Australia finished level on points with New Zealand at the top of the group.

The ghosts of last year’s competition were finally put to bed, with the Wallabies being beaten by the Pumas that time around – but this time, the result was never in doubt.

The Aussies took an 8-6 lead into half time, with the scores at the point leaving them sweating and requiring a big second half performance.

Twenty-six second half points saw them deliver the big performance they needed in the second period, with Argentina only adding three points to their first half tally.

The Wallabies and the All Blacks will now meet in Sydney on August 8th, with the winner of the match also claiming the Bledisloe Cup title too.

The latest betting odds are already out for the match, and the early favourites will be the visitors. A New Zealand win is currently being backed in at 4/9, with Australia currently 15/8 for the win. The draw is a long shot at 18/1.

With the Aussies securing the home advantage when they face NZ, their captain Stephen Moore was quick to say he was already looking forward to a “massive game at our home ground”.

Moore was also “very proud” of his side, having hoped to erase the memories of the previous years loss when they blew a 14-0 lead.

“It’s always hard to come over here,” he mentioned.

“It was hard work in the first half but, similar to South Africa last week, our bench came on and really made a big difference.”

New Zealand will head into the tie on the back of Saturday’s 27-10 victory over South Africa in Johannesburg. The All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup for 10 matches since 2011, and will be hoping to hold it for longer yet.

The four teams involved in this years competition are playing each other only once, as opposed to the usual twice – due to the World Cup, which starts in England on September 18th.

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