Cardiff (United Kingdom) (AFP)
Argentina dominated a new Wales 33-11 in the second test in Cardiff on Saturday.
Wales coach Wayne Pivac, who had said he was deprived of 27 players for the game due to injuries and British and Irish Lions commitments in South Africa, made seven changes after the 20-20 draw last week with the Pumas at the Principality stadium.
But an Argentina side made up of nine of the players who started their impressive win against New Zealand last year proved too strong, beating Wales three tries to one on a sunny afternoon.
Wales opened the scoring with a try from Owen Lane, but Argentina responded with tries from winger Matias Moroni, scrum half Tomas Cubelli and flanker Pablo Matera, while the opener Nicolas Sanchez kicked the Pumas’ remaining 18 points.
Pivac had made it clear that he sees the Argentina series as a chance to develop the depth of the Wales squad ahead of the 2023 World Cup in France.
# photo1 The New Zealander saw his much-changed squad dominated in the scrum – a traditional force in Argentine rugby – and in the air, the Pumas deploying a simple but effective ball game that allowed them to make far fewer mistakes than Wales.
Argentina made two changes, with winger Bautista Delguy and center Santiago Chocobares starting after last week’s red card for fullback Juan Cruz Mallia.
The Cardiff Lane winger finished well to open the scoring before Argentina fired back as Moroni rushed forward for a try converted by Sanchez.
Sanchez sanctioned Welsh indiscipline with a penalty before Cubelli, who would have scored earlier without a crash, crossed for a duly converted try.
Jarrod Evans gave Wales a penalty, but Argentina was well worth their 17-8 lead at halftime.
Evans’ second penalty brought the hosts closer to the score, but further indiscipline offered Sanchez another penalty before Welsh full-back Hallam Amos was awarded a yellow card for knocking out his counterpart Carreras in the air .
Taine Basham’s late tackle on Carreras saw England referee Luke Pearce award Argentina another penalty, with Sanchez adding three points to the Pumas’ tally.
Sanchez hit the post with a long-range penalty attempt before No.10 was on target again.
Dynamic Matera then scored for Argentina’s third try, with Sanchez’s conversion rounding out the scoring.
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