For the first time since 2017, Wallaby won three games in a row as Samu Kerevi tore Argentina with a brutal exhibit of attacking rugby in Townsville.
Samu Kerevi’s bullish performance gave Wallaby three consecutive victories for the first time in four years.
Wallabies proved that the previous two weeks against Springbox were not a fluke and ran over Puma in the second half to win a 27-8 victory in Townsville.
Kerevi did most of the damage for 80 minutes and repeatedly lit the moonlight as a barnstorming forward in the middle of the field.
Since returning to the Wallabies setup last month, the center has defeated 14 carry to 90 meters, two line breaks and six tackler candidates to finish the try with his strongest performance.
Puma returned to the game with a grip in the second half, but the return infusion of James O’Connor and halfback Tate McDermott in the second half had undoubted results.
The runaway in the second half, trying to winger Andrew Kellaway, signed a homeside deal and resolidified them as a rugby union powerhouse.
Hodge rewards faith
Wallabies coach Dave Lenny resisted the temptation to throw a perfectly fitted James O’Connor into the starting side on his return, and his Fix It Reece Hodge chose to draw 15.
Hodge ensures that the coach’s faith is repaid
Fullback was involved in everything in the first half and gave Wallaby a perfect start after going through the flimsy Puma defense to win the first attempt.
Hodge stayed on the field in the second half, and Lenny chose to hook the veteran flyhalf Quade Cooper and inject the returning O’Connor.
Hodge overcame a minor knee injury in the middle of the second half, but took an early shower with seven minutes remaining.
EMOTIONS HIT BOILING POINT
No country is as intriguing as the Argentines.
Puma was fired from the opening whistle in Townsville, making the game several all-in-mele.
The handbag was maintained at a five-paced pace, but it clearly showed what this result meant for Puma, who lost four straights.
Emotions reached boiling point after Julian Montoya recorded a lonely attempt at the visitor. Meanwhile, Carlos Clemmer also spent time in the bin for a deliberate trip to Hodge.
Crowd wraps up action
The capital of North Queensland claims to be included in Australia’s 2027 World Cup bid, with more than 20,000 fans participating to support the historic doubleheader.
The stands were packed into Queensland Country Bank Stadium, and in addition to the international flair of this opportunity, there was a sudden Mexican wave that could sustain the entire half-time break of the wallaby-Pumas clash.