Aussies record huge fightback

ReutersSALTA, Argentina (Reuters) — Australia recovered from a disastrous first half to score five second-half tries and record the second-largest comeback in test match history in a 45-34 win over Argentina and avoid the Rugby Championship’s wooden spoon.

The Wallabies conceded two tries in the first 4 minutes and were 31-7 down at halftime, but after coach Michael Cheika launched a blistering team talk, it came out and dominated the second period to hammer a hapless home side.

Izack Rodda, Israel Folau and Dane Haylett-Petty scored tries within 10 minutes of the restart before David Pocock crossed and Haylett-Petty grabbed his second with 15 minutes remaining to make the score 42-34.

“It’s that old cliche, it was a game of two halves,” said Wallabies captain Michael Hooper.


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