Penalty! Argentina 3-15 Australia (Boffelli, 40+2)
TRY! Argentina 0-15 Australia (Kellaway, 34)
TRY! Argentina 0-8 Australia (Fainga’a, 28)
Yellow card! (Lavanini, 27)
Penalty! Argentina 0-3 Australia (Cooper, 10)
Hello everybody and welcome to live coverage of Argentina v Australia from Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast. It’s the final round of this year’s Rugby Championship and kick-off is at 5.05pm AEST.
It’s been a funny old week in the Rugby Championship. Last weekend Australia made it a hat-trick of wins on the bounce for the first time in four years, against a toothless Argentina outfit.
But afterwards Pumas coach Mario Ledesma gave SANZAAR what for after nobody from the Albiceleste was represented at a competition photoshoot. “The boys and staff felt really disrespected,” Ledesma grumbled. “We’re not asking for much.”
Relationships deteriorated further when a group of Argentina’s tour party were denied reentry to Queensland after taking an unauthorised trip to Byron Bay – or as the Queensland government would view it, Covid-central. Six players and two staff – Sebastián Cancelliere, Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, Felipe Ezcurra, Pablo Matera, Santiago Medrano and Santiago Socino, along with manager Lucas Chioccarelli and video analyst Rodrigo Martínez – are now banned from tonight’s clash.
But the show must go on, so despite a week of acrimony and disruption, Argentina and Australia will complete their Rugby Championship schedule.
I’ll be back with more shortly, but if you would like to join in, you can reach me by email or Twitter (@JPHowcroft).