Dragons fire then fade
18 Aug 2007
A knock on from Pumas prop MartÃn Durand in the final move of the match gave Wales a 27-20 win in Cardiff.
Durand appeared to have been driven over the tryline in the 80th minute after a series of Pumas’ attacks. The referee asked the TMO if there was a reason why the try could not be awarded and unfortunately for the visitors, there was. Argentina had fought their way back from a 24-7 deficit and will be gutted at having not snatched a deserved draw.
Wales made a nightmare start to the game when a flat pass from captain Gareth Thomas was intercepted by Ignacio Corleto who ran 40m to score. But the home side drew level when James Hook broke through a gap and allowed Thomas to make amends for his earlier blunder.
Wales went further ahead when Dwayne Peel took a quick penalty tap and passed to second-rower Alun-Wyn Jones who scored.
Minutes later, the Pumas gifted Wales their third try when fullback Federico Serra knocked on in midfield after a shocking pass from Agustin Pichot and the ball was hacked ahead. Two more kicks saw left wing Mark Jones win the race to the ball and Hook’s conversion made it 21-7. Argentina were then reduced to 14 men when right wing Lucas Borges was sent to the sin bin for tackling Kevin Morgan in the air.
Hook and Todeschini slotted penalties soon after the break, before the Pumas made it a 10-point ball game. Wales failed to find touch with a clearance and Borges split the defence with a storming run. He gave possession to Corleto who scored his second try.
The Pumas then brought themselves within striking range when a Todeschini penalty made it 27-20 with seven minutes to go. They finished the game deep inside Wales’ 22 but couldn’t make the pressure count.
Wales – Tries: Gareth Thomas, Alun-Wyn Jones, Mark Jones. Conversions: James Hook (3). Penalties: Hook (2).
Argentina — Tries: Ignacio Corleto (2). Conversions: Federico Todeschini (2). Penalties: Todeschini (2).