Australia Wallabies 16-16 Argentina: 2020 Tri Nations rugby – as it happened – The Guardian

For the second time this Tri-Nations series Australia and Argentina grind out a draw. Neither have been particularly edifying spectacles, although this one did at least contain a couple of tries.

Draws – the pair between tonight’s protagonists, and the recent Bledisloe tie – have been a feature of international rugby recently. As have cards, and tonight was no exception with three yellows and one red during the course of a game that contained no spite, just its share of poorly directed shoulders.

From an Australian perspective tonight, as with the match a fortnight ago, was all about failing to capitalise on a wealth of possession and territory. Handling errors abounded, and although conditions were wretched, the level of skill on display was poor. Moreover, after failing to score a try against Argentina two weeks ago, or in tonight’s early stages, there seemed little appetite for a Plan B or an inventive solution to the challenge faced by the phenomenal black and blue wall in front of them.

That wall, Argentina’s magnificent defence, is the takeaway of this entire series. Over two matches they only conceded one try to Australia and when they defeated the All Blacks in that historic encounter last month, they defended so fiercely it was practically an attacking weapon. Time and again the best of Super Rugby tried and failed to find a way through the most disciplined and resolute line imaginable. Even without captain Matera and other big names the Pumas stuck to their task and refused to be cowed.

It is to Argentina’s credit that they even journeyed this far at all, in the circumstances. They leave with their reputations mightily enhanced.

That’s all from me for tonight. Let’s do this all again soon.

Argentina Pumas

The lasting image of this Tri-Nations series – Argentina’s defence repelling an Australian attack. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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