Sport Union Wales hammer Argentina in record 40-6 win

Wales hammer Argentina in record 40-6 win

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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.

The 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.

Argentina could only manage 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.

In 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..

However Argentina showed flashes of promise, not least their 19-year-old wing Santiago Cordero, who stepped through six red shirts.

Argentina continued to make mistakes and were carved open by a move straight from the Wales training pitch.

Alun 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 simple conversion.

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.

in the 56th minute, No.8 Faletau launched a 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.