So close again for gallant Pumas

Updated: September 15, 2012

Australia needed tries from Pat McCabe and Digby Ioane in the last quarter to overturn a 13-point deficit and edge Argentina 23-19 in a dramatic Rugby Championship encounter.

The Pumas looked to be on their way to a first victory in their maiden season in the southern hemisphere’s international championship after tries from Tomas Leonardi and Julio Farias Cabello inside two minutes early in the second half.

The victory put the Wallabies second in the championship standings with eight points from four matches behind runaway leaders and world champions New Zealand, who have secured 16 points after winning all four of their matches.

Argentina remained bottom of the standings with three points but, along with the 16-16 draw with the Springboks and an encouraging performance against the All Blacks, the match was further evidence they will be competitive in the championship.

Australia – Tries: Pat McCabe, Digby Ioane. Conversion: Berrick Barnes(2). Penalty: Berrick Barnes, Kurtley Beale.

Argentina – Tries: Tomàs Leonardi, Julio Alfredo Farias Cabello . Penalties: Juan Martin Hernández(3).