At last! Wales have won a game but it’s been a while since the last win. In fact, it was last March when we beat Italy 67-14. Argentina had just come out of a good try scoring game beating Japan 20-54 in Tokyo. Wales were in a bad state after getting smashed by Australia and Rob Howley was looking for a response from his men following last week’s defeat – read our recap last week’s game here
Alun Wyn Jones’ return to the team was most welcome after missing the last game following the death of his father. Rob Howley made 6 changes from last week, including dropping Jamie Roberts to the bench.
Wales looked like the better team in the first half, but we couldn’t seem to get any tries. We spent about 15 minutes at the end of the half about 5 meters out from the try line and nothing to show for it. We went in at half time with a 6-3 lead with two Halfpenny penalties and an Argentina yellow card. We looked the better side but had to start turning the possession and domination into points.
At the start of the second half, Wales were very exciting and Liam Williams scrambled over for a try. Leigh Halfpenny didn’t manage to convert it. Argentina’s Hernandez scored a great attacking try and conversion.
I thought Gareth Davies’s great try and Halfpenny’s conversion would secure Wales the win, but Argentina hit back with a try. A few penalties later Wales won the game 24-20, but it was close.
Wales: Leigh Halfpenny, George North, Jonathan Davies, Scott Williams, Liam Williams, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Gethin Jenkins (captain), Ken Owens, Tomas Francis, Luke Charteris, Alun Wyn Jones, Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric, Ross Moriarty.
Replacements: Scott Baldwin, Nicky Smith, Samson Lee, Cory Hill, James King, Lloyd Williams, Gareth Anscombe, Jamie Roberts.
Argentina: Joaquin Tuculet Matias Moroni, Matias Orlando, Juan Martin Hernandez, Ramiro Moyano, Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Lucas Noguera, Agustin Creevy (captain), Ramiro Herrera, Guido Petti, Matias Alemanno, Pablo Matera, Javier Ortega Desio, Facundo Isa.
Replacements: Julian Montoya, Santiago Garcia Botta, Enrique Pieretto, Leonardo Senatore, Tomas Lezana, Tomas Cubelli, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Santiago Cordero.