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Wales v Argentina as it happened

Wales 27-20 Argentina

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By Mark Orlovac


"Two years ago, Wales looked unbelievably happy and carefree. Now they look as if they have the weight of the world on their shoulders. Argentina will grow, they are a nuisance and will be unbelievably difficult for France and Ireland at the World Cup."
BBC Sport pundit Keith Wood

"I enjoyed the second half, mainly because Argentina came back into it. It was an important victory for Wales and it was important for Gareth Jenkins to get back on the road. He may still get some criticism but they have the win and that's key."
BBC Sport pundit Jeremy Guscott

FULL-TIME: Wales 27-20 Argentina The final whistle blows and Wales celebrate a desperately-needed victory. They were not as good in the second half as they were in the first but it was enough for the win and maybe the pressure on Gareth Jenkins will ease a bit ahead of next week's game against France.

80 mins: Argentina keep bashing away and Wales desperately defend. Durand barges his way over the line and it seems a draw is on the cards. White goes to the video referee and replays show that Duncan Jones produced a stunning tackle to knock the ball out of Durand's hands and the try is ruled out. Relief all round.

80 mins: It is all Argentina now. They keep pummelling the Wales line and it seems only a matter of time before the door opens. Referee Chris White sees various indiscretions at the breakdown and Matthew Rees receives a yellow card. Felipe Contepomi gingerly walks off after a clash of heads with Charvis.

77 mins: A big moment in this game. Argentina win a penalty at the line-out and Pichot wants to go for a penalty touch. The Pumas pressure the Welsh line and it is all getting a bit nervy.

73 mins: PENALTY Wales 27-20 Argentina
Will James concedes a penalty for coming in at the side and the gap is reduced to seven points thanks to another lazy-looking kick from Todeschini . Surely Wales can't throw this one away. Gareth Thomas returns to the action with a plaster on his chin. Replays show he received the knock after a painful clash with team-mate Will James. Ouch.

"Love the commentary! Wish we could be there, but someone has to keep our office going! Come on Wales!"
Em and Matt, DWP, Cardiff, via text

69 mins: The sting has really gone out of the game and we seem to be sleepwalking our way to the final whistle. All these substitutions don't help. Wales will not be complaining though, they look in complete control.

67 mins: A bloody Gareth Thomas comes off for Jamie Robinson while Colin Charvis replaces Martyn Williams to become Wales' third most capped player.

66 mins: Great work from Cardiff's Martyn Williams, who puts enormous pressure on Pichot to win possession back for his side. Shanklin takes the ball on but is harshly penalised for obstruction.

"I don't know about Welsh spark and noise, I live in Turkey and it makes very good reading from the crass of two weeks ago."
Warrateg on 606

61 mins: Gloucester's Will James comes on for Ian Gough while Santiago Gonzalez Bonorino, Rimas Alvarez and Martin Durand come on for Argentina.

60 mins: Hook misses a penalty attempt after Juan Fernandez Lobbe is pinged for offside at a scrum.

58 mins: The substitutions start already. Loose-head prop Duncan Jones is replaced by Gethin Jenkins.

55 mins: Argentina have their tails up now and a clearance from Kevin Morgan is charged down to cause a bit of alarm in the Wales defence. The home side do well to recover the situation however.

51 mins: TRY Wales 27-17 Argentina
Argentina get some momentum after hooker Matthew Rees is caught in possession trying to run the ball out of his own 22. After Wales fail to find touch with a clearance, Borges splits the Wales defence with a stunning run. He gives the ball to Corleto who is in support right on his shoulder and the winger crosses for his second. Todeschini adds the extras.

45 mins: PENALTY Wales 27-10 Argentina
Wales win a line-out near the Pumas line and although Ian Gough fails to hold on to the throw, Argentina are penalised for interfering with the jumper and Hook restores the 17-point lead.

41 mins: PENALTY Wales 24-10 Argentina
Argentina start the second half and Wales infringe straight from the kick-off. A very laid-back Todeschini strokes the ball over and Argentina reduce the deficit.

"I'm sat in the BT building and I can't hear a thing. I think I've underestimated my team. Come on Wales!
Sam, via text

"Argentina look like they have not played in a while. There is no intensity at all."
BBC Sport pundit Keith Wood

40 mins: HALF-TIME Wales 24-7 Argentina
The whistle blows to end a half dominated by the men in red. Argentina have not really done a lot since their good opening and Wales deserve their lead. It is still quite a flat atmosphere though.

38 mins: Tom Shanklin hacks on and just needs a favourable bounce of the ball to score. He is well marshalled by Martin Gaitan though and the ball trickles out.

"Where is the Welsh spark?? And where are the fans?? I'm currently in work, my building is across the road from the Millennium Stadium, and I can't hear a thing."
McMurph85 on 606

35 mins: A bit of pressure from Argentina and they get a penalty when an isolated Mark Jones tries to run the ball out of danger. The Pumas go for touch but promptly lose the line-out and Wales can clear. Poor stuff from the visitors.

31 mins: PENALTY Wales 24-7 Argentina
The Pumas look a ragged bunch at the moment and they hand Hook a comfortably penalty chance with some more indiscipline at a ruck. Hook slots it over and Wales are in the driving seat now.

28 mins: Stade Francais wing Lucas Borges sees yellow for a dreadful tackle on Welsh full-back Kevin Morgan who is in the air catching a high kick. Borges can have no complaints, that was really dangerous.

25 mins: TRY Wales 21-7 Argentina
Argentina attack but Pichot delivers an awful pass from a ruck to full-back Federico Serra and the Pumas are in trouble. Hook and Tom Shanklin both hack on and despite the valiant attempts of Corleto, Mark Jones touches down for a try which is confirmed by the video referee. Hook adds the extras.

22 mins: TRY Wales 14-7 Argentina
Scrum-half Dwayne Peel ups the pace with a quick tap penalty five metres out after Gareth Thomas dents the Argentina midfield. Peel gives to lock Alun Wyn Jones who bulldozes his way over for his first Wales try. Hook converts and Wales deservedly lead.

19 mins: Wales enjoy a bit of possession but do not threaten the Pumas line. The attack comes to an end after English referee Chris White sees some crossing. White then snaps at Pichot for a bit of backchat. That told him.

16 mins: It is all a bit scrappy at the moment. Wales are still struggling with their line-outs - a failing that cost them so dear at Twickenham.

"I see there are plenty of empty seats. I would love to be there but am in the British Gas centre in Cardiff. Would be there if I could. Come on Wales."
Anon, via text

9 mins: TRY Wales 7-7 Argentina
Hook produces a stunning dummy to carve open the Pumas defence. The Ospreys star passes to Gareth Thomas in support, who atones for his previous error to touch down underneath the posts. Hook converts. Good response from Wales.

8 mins: Argentina infringe at the line-out and fly-half James Hook has the chance to get on the scoreboard. However, his penalty drifts onto the upright and Argentina are able to clear.

4 mins: TRY Wales 0-7 Argentina
Dreadful start for Wales as a flat pass from skipper Thomas is easily intercepted by wing Ignacio Corleto who has the simple task of running in from his own 40m line. Federico Todeschini adds the extras and the Millennium Stadium is completely silent. Not a sound.

2 mins: Oops. Line-out problems return early on for Wales as a throw in knocked on. Argentina attack but it comes to nothing.

1 min: Wales get the game underway and lock Ian Gough delivers a big hit to put down an early aggressive marker.

1431: A typically passionate rendition of Land Of My Fathers and the half-empty stadium can get ready for the start.

1428: Wales keep the Pumas waiting for a while but eventually Gareth Thomas leads his side out and the anthems can now begin.

1425: Argentina come out onto the pitch and after a quick huddle they all start to embrace. Nice touch.

"I just hope Gareth Jenkins realises what is at stake here. His credibility is on the line and he is not doing very well at the moment. It comes down to him."
BBC Sport pundit Jeremy Guscott

1421: 'Bread Of Heaven' belts out around the stadium but there are still plenty of seats sitting empty. Wales really do need a big performance here to win over a doubting public.

"We have a point to prove but it is nothing to do with the hangover after Twickenham. Today is about starting our World Cup journey. It is a very important game for us."
Wales coach Gareth Jenkins in a BBC interview just before the game.

"Wales will be charged up after the England defeat. I have a lot of respect for Welsh rugby."
Argentina skipper Agustin Pichot

1408: It's been belting down with rain in Cardiff and the Welsh Rugby Union has decided to close the roof at the Millennium Stadium. Jenkins is on the touchline and is looking fairly relaxed.

1400: Afternoon all. Hold on to your hats for what could be a tense encounter at the Millennium Stadium as under-fire Wales coach Gareth Jenkins leads his side in their penultimate World Cup warm-up match against Argentina.

Jenkins has felt the heat after the record mauling at the hands of England at Twickenham with some of the Welsh media and rugby public turning against the former Scarlets coach.

The fans have voted with their wallets and, as of Friday, only 30,000 tickets had been sold for the contest.

Put simply, defeat in Cardiff is unthinkable but Jenkins for his part was keeping positive before the game, saying: "Our heads aren't down, and we're really looking forward to the game.

"Everyone wants to support a winning side and let's hope we can get a result against Argentina that will lift a nation."

Argentina are in buoyant mood after their victory over England at Twickenham last year as well as a 2-0 series win over an under-strength Ireland this summer.

The Pumas, who have won four of their last five matches against Wales, have named a strong side although I, for one, am gutted that Stade Francais full-back Juan Martin Hernandez is not available.

Wales: Kevin Morgan; Dafydd James, Tom Shanklin, Gareth Thomas (captain), Mark Jones; James Hook, Dwayne Peel; Duncan Jones, Matthew Rees, Adam Jones, Ian Gough, Alun Wyn Jones, Jonathan Thomas, Martyn Williams, Alix Popham.
Replacements: T Rhys Thomas, Gethin Jenkins, Will James, Colin Charvis, Mike Phillips, Ceri Sweeney, Jamie Robinson.

Argentina: Serra; Borges, Gaitán, F Contepomi, Corleto; Todeschini, Pichot (capt); Roncero, Ledesma, Scelzo, IF Lobbe, Albacete, Leguizamón, JF Lobbe, Longo. Replacements: Basualdo, Bonorino, Alvarez, Durand, Vergallo, M Contepomi, Agulla.

Referee: Chris White (England).

Wales 27-20 Argentina
18 Aug 07 |  Welsh


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