Santa Fe - Flyhalf
Rhys Patchell kicked 20 points as Wales routed Argentina 30-12 in Santa
Fe on Saturday to complete a 2-0 Test series victory.
As it happened: Argentina v Wales
The unexpectedly easy triumph for an experimental Welsh team
completed a perfect Americas tour after earlier wins over South Africa
in Washington and Argentina in San Juan.
Patchell succeeded with seven of nine shots at goal - six penalties
and a conversion - as Wales cruised to success after building a 19-5
The only disappointment for the tourists was the late red-carding of
outstanding number eight Ross Moriarty for grabbing Argentina flyhalf
Nicolas Sanchez around the neck.
The Pumas were woeful as they suffered a 21st loss in 27 Tests since finishing fourth at the 2015 World Cup in England.
They were expected to perform much better given virtually the entire
national side play for Jaguares, who have won their last six Super Rugby
matches, including two in New Zealand.
Argentina flopping in a 23-10 first Test loss last weekend did not
dampen enthusiasm, though, with 27 000 supporters flocking to Estadio
Brigadier General Estanislao Lopez.
But they had little to cheer early on as a Welsh team showing five
changes from San Juan quickly stamped their authority on a clear, crisp
Patchell slotted penalties after nine and 16 minutes to give the
tourists a six-point lead before his third shot at goal drifted narrowly
Wales were dominating possession and territory despite coach Warren
Gatland fielding an experimental team that included two openside
flankers in James Davies and Ellis Jenkins.
Patchell indirectly set up the first Welsh try on 23 minutes when his
long, stray pass was picked up by winger Josh Adams just millimetres
from the touchline in the middle of the pitch.
Adams, a late injury-induced call-up to the squad, then cut in and
powered past several Pumas to touch down for a great solo try which
Another two Patchell penalties and the Welsh were cruising with a
19-point lead as Argentina barely threatened to score in front of a
subdued home crowd.
With half-time fast approaching, the Pumas finally sprung to life
when Bautista Delguy scored his first try after outpacing wing George
Sanchez, the leading points scorer at the 2015 World Cup, failed to convert, leaving Argentina 14 points behind at the break.
If Argentine supporters thought the team had to improve on their
showing in San Juan, they were sadly mistaken during the opening 40
They played into the hands of Patchell with constant ill-discipline,
being blown up for scrum infringements and straying offside, and also
committed numerous handling errors.
After Patchell kicked another penalty to open the second half
scoring, frustrated Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade replaced skipper and
hooker Agustin Creevy.
Recalled scrumhalf Martin Landajo soon followed to the bench, but
there was no stopping Wales and another Patchell penalty stretched the
lead to 20 points with 52 minutes gone.
Hallam Amos scored the second Welsh try on 56 minutes after slick
handling and after Moriarty was sent off, Pumas substitute hooker Julian
Montoya scored and Sanchez converted.
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta
Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Diaz, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere
15 Hallam Amos, 14 Josh Adams, 13 Scott Williams, 12 Owen Watkins, 11 George North, 10 Rhys Patchell, 9 Aled Davies, 8 Ross Moriarty, 7 James Davies, 6 Ellis Jenkins, 5 Cory Hill (captain), 4 Adam Beard, 3 Tomas Francis, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Rob Evans
Substitutes: 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Nicky Smith, 18 Dillon Lewis, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Josh Turnbull, 21 Tomos Williams, 22 Gareth Anscombe, 23 Tom Prydie