Cardiff - Wales rebounded from a disappointing loss to South Africa to clinch a
record 40-6 win over Argentina with a clinical display at the
Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Tries in the first half by Mike
Phillips and George North were followed by scores from Toby Faletau and
Ken Owens in the second half while Leigh Halfpenny kicked 20 points.
victory ended Wales' dismal run of results in their autumn
internationals having gone almost four years without a victory at this
stage of the year, since last beating the Pumas in 2009.
could only managed two penalties for Nicolas Sanchez in a display
marred by errors that condemned Los Pumas to an eighth straight Test
defeat, their worst run since 1936.
Both teams had made four
changes from last week's defeats to South Africa and England but it was
Wales who looked more settled amid a frantic start.
Early work by Sam Warburton, Richard Hibbard and North resulted in Halfpenny kicking the opening points after six minutes.
contrast, Argentina made an error-strewn start and despite a promising
burst by lock Manual Carriza, handling errors in midfield gifted
Phillips the game's first try.
Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez fumbled
possession under pressure from Hibbard and into the hands of Phillips
who ran 70 metres to score, with the retreating defenders distracted by
North's supporting run. Halfpenny converted for a 10-point lead after as
However Argentina showed flashes of promise, not
least their 19-year-old wing Santiago Cordero, who stepped through six
Dan Biggar eventually covered to clear the danger but
flanker Justin Tipuric was spotted tackling Horacio Agulla, winning his
50th cap, off the ball to earn a yellow card.
Sanchez failed to
capitalise when his penalty kick struck the post and Santiago Fernandez
dropped the rebound, while Halfpenny ensured Wales escaped the 10-minute
sin bin in credit with a second penalty.
Argentina continued to make mistakes and were carved open by a move straight from the Wales training pitch.
Wyn Jones tapped possession from a lineout to Phillips and the
scrum-half then flicked a reverse pass to the onrushing North who burst
through, beating Agulla, to score under the posts and hand Halfpenny a
Sanchez finally got Argentina off the mark
after half an hour with a penalty that was cancelled out by Halfpenny on
the stroke of half-time when Wales led 23-3.
The hosts got off to
a thunderous start after the break with Biggar and Scott Williams
launching an attack from their own try line that released North only for
the giant wing to be eventually denied a score in the corner.
Wales took some consolation with Halfpenny's fourth penalty before combining once more for Faletau's try on 56 minutes.
No 8 launched the move from the tail of a scrum in midfield while long
passes by Biggar and Williams stretched Argentina. Wing Liam Williams
brushed off one tackler before finding Faletau inside with a scoring
pass. Halfpenny's conversion effectively ended the contest with Wales
well ahead 33-6.
Wales had their tails up with Phillips, Biggar
and North full of running but it was their pack who combined for the
fourth and final try as replacement hooker Owens claimed his first Test
try when he finished a perfectly executed driving lineout.