21 Aug 2011

Wales beat Argentina

5:29 am on 21 August 2011

Wales ensured they would be leaving for the Rugby World Cup in good spirits with a 28-13 victory over Argentina in Cardiff in their final warmup game before the tournament in New Zealand.

A slow first half came alive in the last four minutes with Andy Powell and Alun Wyn Jones scoring tries in quick succession and James Hook adding the conversions that gave the hosts a 14-3 lead at the break at the Millennium Stadium.

The Pumas had led through a Felipe Contepomi penalty in a game where players were out to impress their coaches before Tuesday's deadline to name their final 30-man World Cup squads.

Mistakes crept in for a tired-looking Argentina as Hook kicked Wales further ahead before George North powered through for the third try.

Wales begin their World Cup campaign against champions South Africa in Pool D on September 11th, while Argentina face England in their Pool B opener on September 10th.

While Wales have finished their warm-ups, Argentina play English club side Worcester Warriors on Tuesday where they will be hoping to sharpen up.