Humiliated last Sunday at home by the All Blacks who planted them no less than eight tries to clearly win (23-55), the Welsh absolutely had to redeem themselves in front of their public. And that’s what they did. But without the manner, and particularly well helped by very sad Pumas, without claws or grinta. Victorious over the English (29-30) seven days ago, you have to believe that these Argentinians had left too much energy at Twickenham.
To say that nothing happened in the first period would be to lie: through their striker Emiliano Boffelli, author of two penalty goals (8th, 14th), the Argentinians opened the scoring without forcing their talent, and the Welsh, annoyed, occupied the field from the 24th minute, pushed the Pumas to the fault and managed to score a try in force by Taulupe Faletau (32nd) converted by Gareth Anscombe, who added a goal (37th). This is how at the break, Wales was leading sparsely, 10-6.
In the second half, the Pumas refused to take offensive risks and the poor clearance blocked by their back Juan Cruz Mallias in front of his 22 meters allowed scrum half Tomos Williams to register the second Welsh try (47th), 17-6). The Argentinians then besieged the Welsh in-goal but their advances (55th, 58th) were unsuccessful. In numerical superiority (56th, yellow card against Rowlands for misplay), they continued to multiply the approximations on the heavy lawn of the Principality Stadium, without managing to reverse the course of a sad match which they let go after a fifteen minutes.
The Argentinians will travel to Scotland next week, while the Welsh will host Georgia.