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Wales Complete Warm-Ups With Comprehensive Win
Two wins from three as Wales set off for World Cup
Posted Aug 23, 2011 by Chris White
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Warren Gatland’s side completed their preparations for the World Cup with a hard-fought victory against Argentina at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. The home side crossed three times to make their dominance pay, with a 28-13 victory.
Wales went in at half time 14-3 ahead, thanks to tries from Andy Powell and Alun Wyn Jones. Powell broke when scrum half Tavis Knoyle came from nowhere at a ruck to find Alun Wyn Jones who sent the number eight away to give the side the lead. Jones crossed soon after following a 30-yard break by winger George North, with James Hook converting both tries for the home side.
But it was Argentina who got the first points on the board as Felipe Contepomi struck an early penalty. Hook added two penalties and winger George North crossed in the second half to almost seal the win after a fantastic move involving Jonathan Davies.
Martin Scelzo crossed for Argentina late on, but Hook added another penalty in the closing moments to cap a morale-boosting performance to take to the southern hemisphere in September.
Wales team: Byrne (Brew), Halfpenny, J Davies, Roberts (Scott Williams), North; Hook, Knoyle (L Williams); James (Bevington), Hibbard (Bennett), A Jones, B Davies, AW Jones, Lydiate (J Thomas), M Williams (Tipuric), Powell.
Argentina team: Rodriguez, Agulla, Bosch, Fernandez, Camacho (Imhoff), Contepomi, Vergallo; Roncero (Scelzo), Ledesma (Creevy), Figallo, Carizza (Galarza), Albacete, Cabello, Leguizamon (Campos), Fernandez Lobbe.