If the butchering of the Australian National Anthem was anything to go by, the Australians were going to be in for a tough time in Mendoza, Argentina.
This would be the case as the Pumas claimed their maiden Rugby Championship victory with a four point triumph over an undisciplined Wallabies side early this morning Australian time.
The best thing to come from the Rugby Championship for the Australians is that the competition is now over and done with.
With the game well and truly in the balance, Wallabies Captain Michael Hooper was sin binned with just six minutes to play and this would aid the home side who extended their one point lead out to four points by the final whistle.
This wouldn’t be the only time that the visitors would feel the wrath of Referee Nigel Owens, with Nick Phipps being sent to the bin earlier in the second half, while a number of penalties were awarded against them.
But of course the big story for Argentina was the fact that their team had beaten Australia for the first time in over a decade and they also recorded their first ever win in the short history of the Rugby Championship.
Their ecstatic Coach Daniel Hourcade was full of praise for everyone involved in getting the win.
“It has been a huge effort from many people, we deserved this.
“This is the beginning of something, but there are still lots of things we need to improve. We are on the right track and confident to keep growing,” said Hourcade.
Ewen Mckenzie will need to refocus his troops ahead of the third and final Bledisloe Cup match against the All Blacks in a few weeks time.
Written by: Joe Schwab @Meadowswidget