Wallabies claim Rugby Champ win over Pumas

Wallabies find form, demolish Pumas

Michael Cheika praised Australia's second-half performance as they scored 35 points to claim victory over Argentina in the Rugby Championship.

Coach Michael Cheika demanded more urgency and pace from his team in the second half and the Wallabies responded to dominate the Pumas.

Cheika said he was surprised by South Africa's 57-0 loss to New Zealand in Saturday's other Rugby Championship test and warned of a backlash from the Springboks when the Wallabies play them in their next match in Bloemfontein on September 30.

Australia overcame a awful first-half performance to register their first win of the Rugby Championship as Argentina once again hit the wall and conceded late points in Canberra to ruin their early success.

"A lack of urgency, I'm not sure why because they're playing for Australia".

But Australia looked more poised after the break and took the lead in the 49th minute when prop Sekope Kepu rumbled across the line.

Scrumhalf Genia cut through the defence to score in the 72nd minute, a searing touchline run and offload from number eight Sean McMahon gifted replacement Phipps his try and rookie hooker Uelese barged over for his maiden test try after the hooter.

Folau had been part of a Twitter backlash after voicing his opposition to same sex marriage but showed his maturity, with the double his fourth this year.

Foley was twice involved in the sweeping move that sent Folau over in the corner, but the Pumas quickly resumed their territorial stranglehold and Sanchez slotted a second penalty to send his side into halftime with a slim lead.

Foley had a big game, kicking at 100 per cent to contribute 15 points and also pulled off a try-saving tackle in the second half.

Argentina came back into the game but, when Enrique Pieretto was yellow-carded for a series of scrum infringements, the floodgates opened as first Genia from a scrum and then Phipps both scored converted tries inside three minutes.

"There's a sense of finally getting a reward for the hard work we've been putting in", Hooper said.

After byes for all four teams next weekend, Australia travels to South Africa to take on the Springboks in Bloemfontein and Argentina returns home to host the All Blacks on September 30.

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