Having assured an advance past Scotland and separation from Wales in the series standings, Australia and Argentina took the pitch searching for points that could become hugely important to the rankings at year’s end. An early charge by Australia ended with a pass bounding into touch. However, Australia stole the Argentina throw from the lineout and continued to press, winning a penalty just shy of the twenty-two and another inside the twenty-two. The energetic Argentine defensive front continued to hammer Australia, making every meter a battle. The commitment to sound defense paid off when Argentina won a penalty at its own ten in the fourth minute. A knock on a pass from the successful lineout halted Argentina’s assault. Australia’s Lachie Anderson doubtlessly thought he was clear for a try, but a shoestring tackle dashed those hopes. The utterly exhausted Argentine defense finally yielded at 1:23 left In the half, when Tom Lucas kicked ahead and powered through Argentine obstruction, scooping and then sending Anderson in for the score. Lucas was able to kick the two-points to move in front 7–0. A penalty with zeroes on the clock allowed Australia to hold off the minor threat from Argentina.
Ninth minute, Alex Gibbon danced around a defender and then powered through a tackle for a try under the post. Lucas’s second conversion made it a full-two score dilemma for Argentina.At 3:22 remaining, Argentina’s last-best hope to get back into the match crashed with a dropped pass to the wing. A reception may not have resulted in a try, but seemed more likely than not to end in points for Argentina. On full time, Australia 14, Argentina 0.