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Argentina hold Australia in a tryless Tri-Nations clash

The Newcastle curse continues after the Wallabies were held to a frustrating, tryless 15-15 draw on a nervy Saturday night at McDonald Jones Stadium.

Wallabies playmaker Reece Hodge had the chance to win the match with a late penalty, but after slotting five straight goals from the tee he pushed his sixth effort across the face of goals in the 79th minute.

The Wallabies had one late chance to win the game but midfielder Jordan Petaia kicked the ball away with seconds to go.

The draw saw both nations collect two points, which sees the Wallabies and Pumas join the All Blacks on six points, who lead on points differential.

But the Pumas – with former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika sitting in the Argentinian coaching box alongside head coach Mario Ledesma – will be the happier of the two camps given they have another game in-hand.

Judging on the dancing and singing in the stands from the South Americans following the game you could have been mistaken that the Pumas won. They did, after all, fight their way back from 15-6 down early in the second half.

For the second straight week Pumas playmaker Nicolas Sanchez scores all of his sides points, as he slotted five penalties from the kicking tee.

But where the Pumas attacked with preciseness last week against the All Blacks, they feasted on the Wallabies’ mistakes in Newcastle.

The Wallabies had most of the running in the match and had two tries disallowed in the first half.

Petaia came close to incredibly touching down from a Hunter Paisami grubber early in the match, but the star centre couldn’t quite ground the ball in the field of play before putting a toe on the dead-ball line.

Later, a forward pass from Tom Banks from a swift backline play saw Marika Koroibete’s “on-field” try disallowed too.


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