Match Centre: Wales 20-13 Argentina

Taulupe Faletau scored the opening try for Wales
Taulupe Faletau scored the opening try for Wales

Wales 20-13 Argentina, Principality Stadium

Wales managed to overcome a late fightback from Argentina as they sealed a 20-13 win to return back to winning ways in their autumn international campaign at Principality Stadium on Saturday.

Coming off from a victory against England, Argentina showed great determination as the game was evenly poised in the opening half when they trailed 6-10. Michael Cheika had earlier named unchanged squad but was forced for a late change with skipper Julian Montoya sidelined with a rib injury and was replaced by Agustin Creevy with Pablo Matera captaining the side.

Argentina managed to weather the early attack from Wales and got their first points through the boot of Emiliano Boffelli in the 8th minute and managed to double their tally by the 13th minute with a second penalty goal making it 0-6.

Wales had an opportunity to open their account in the 27th minute but Ken Owens dropped the possession as he was looking to go over. Nevertheless, five minutes later Taulupe Faletau dived over following a successful line out and Gareth Anscombe followed with a conversion and a penalty goal to take Wayne Pivac's side to a 10-6 lead heading into the break.

Wales extended their momentum into the second half as a clearance from Juan Cruz Mallia went wrong for the Pumas allowing Tomos Williams to dot down and a conversion from Anscombe increased their lead to 11 points.

While the slippery conditions at the Principality Stadium proved tough for both the sides, Wales were reduced to 14 players temporarily by the 56th minute when Will Rowlands was sin-binned for a cynical professional foul at a ruck.

The next 10 minutes saw Wales showing a lot of resistance to keep the Pumas scoreless while a penalty from Rhys Priestland increased Wales' lead to 20-7. The start of the final 10 minutes saw Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro diving over and Boffelli converted to bring the gap down to seven points which Wales managed to hold off despite an injury to Rowlands.

Team line up:

Wales: Rees-Zammit; Cuthbert, North, Tompkins, Dyer; Anscombe, T Williams; G Thomas, Owens, D Lewis, Beard, Rowlands, Lydiate, Tipuric (capt), Faletau.

Reserves: Elias, R Jones, S Wainwright, Carter, Morgan, Hardy, Priestland, Watkin.

Argentina: Mallia; M Carreras, Moroni, De la Fuente, Boffelli; S Carreras, Bertranou; Gallo, Creevy, Gomez Kodela, Alemanno, Lavanini, Gonzalez, Kremer, Matera (captain).

Reserves: Ruiz, Tetaz Chaparro, Bello, Paulos, Isa, Morales, Talbornoz, M Orlando.