The race for the Tri Nations title has taken another dramatic turn again this weekend after Argentina rallied back from nine-points down to draw 15-all with the Wallabies in Newcastle.

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All three teams now sit equal on six-competition points, with Argentina to play twice more while both the hosts and the All Blacks only have one more match to play.

Los Pumas went into Saturday’s test as the underdogs, even though they were coming off a dominant victory over the All Blacks the week before. Early on, this label seemed fair with the Wallabies appearing to be in complete control.

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Pumas coach Mario Ledesma and captain Pablo Matera discuss their sides 15-all draw with the Wallabies in Newcastle.

Australia had plenty of ball in the first half and threatened the Pumas try-line more than once. They had 63% of possession and had 75% of the territory, but still couldn’t make the visitors pay on the scoreboard, leading by just three points at the break.

Wallabies flyhalf Reece Hodge kicked his side out to a 15-6 lead early in the second half, but his opposite in Nicolas Sanchez responded with three penalties of his own to draw the two teams level. Both men scored all of their side’s points.

While neither team was able to land the knockout punch to claim victory, it’s still a famous result for the Pumas considering last weekend’s heroics and the challenges they’ve faced in the lead-up to his tournmanet.

Arguably the best moment from the night came after the match though, with Pumas captain Pablo Matera gifting a tearful, young fan his jersey.


Fans on Twitter have been singing the praises of the Pumas captain, with one person saying that it was ‘rugby summed up in a gesture’ while another said that ‘dreams do come true.’

But that moment, and what the result means for the Tri Nations, has somewhat been overshadowed by cries of foul play by the Pumas.

Matera was also at the centre of this, pulling Wallaby hooker Brandon Paenga-Amosa to the ground by his hair during the test.

The Pumas were warned throughout the test for repeated infringements, which saw Wallabies captain Michael Hooper become increasingly frustrated. Hooker Julian Montoya was yellow-carded early in the second-half for not releasing when the Wallabies were deep inside their attacking 22.

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The Pumas face the All Blacks in Newcastle this Saturday, while the Wallabies are on a bye.

If the All Blacks win with a bonus point this weekend then they would’ve all but secured the Tri Nations title, even though mathematically, the Pumas or the Wallabies could still claim it.

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