Kellaway hat-trick powers Wallabies to dominant victory over Argentina

Sat, 02/10/2021, 09:02 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
Wallabies win 4 in a row in 2021 as they down the Pumas at CBUS stadium

A hat-trick to Andrew Kellaway has inspired the Wallabies to a 32-17 win over Argentina on the Gold Coast.

After a sloppy start, the Wallabies would take advantage of a yellow card to Lavanini as Folau Fainga'a and Andrew Kellaway crossed in quick succession.

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Kellaway would add two quick tries after the break as the Wallabies cruised ahead and sealed the win, extending the winning streak to four games.

The victory sees the Wallabies secure second place in TRC ahead of South Africa v New Zealand later in the night at CBUS Super Stadium.

Both sides would start the game slowly as they traded penalty misses.

In the end, a dominant showing from the Wallabies scrum would earn Quade Cooper another attempt as he opened the scoring.

Looking to extend their winning streak, a sloppy opening 20 minutes haunted Dave Rennie’s men as they struggled to find any way through the Pumas defence.

Whilst their attack faltered, the scrum would be their biggest weapon early on as they pummelled Argentina, earning field possession with yet another penalty.

Constant attacks on Argentina’s line would result in a yellow card to Tomás Lavanini, whose reckless and dangerous push into a 5 metre maul earned him ten in the bin.

From here, the Wallabies took momentum as Folau Fainga’a peeled off the back of the resulting maul, beating two to score.

Six minutes later, a perfect line-out move put Rob Valetini into the hole, who found the trailing Andrew Kellaway for his sixth try of the year.

After a string of penalties, the Pumas would throw everything at the Wallabies line, only coming away with three as they trailed by 15-3 at the break.

With Dave Rennie out for an 80-minute performance, Australia found an extra gear as Quade Cooper held the play and defence up, allowing Samu Kerevi to burst over.

Kellaway would make it a hat-trick with two tries in three minutes, with the latter set up by a perfect flick from Len Ikitau.

Argentina would get their first try on the board via Gallo as the Wallabies emptied the bench.

Gallo would add a second with the Wallabies forced to put Michael Hooper onto the wing with Jordan Petaia off with cramps.

Whilst Hooper would be sin-binned late, the Australians would hold on to record the bonus-point victory

However, they will be sweating on the fitness of Samu Kerevi after he was forced from the field in the 51st minute with a knee complaint.

WALLABIES 32

TRIES: Fainga'a, Kellaway 3, Kerevi

CONS: Cooper 2

PENS: Cooper

ARGENTINA 17

TRIES: Gallo 2

CONS: Boffelli 2

PENS: Boffelli

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