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Wales v Argentina - Story of the match

Published 12/11/2016

Wales' Alun Wyn Jones was man of the match
Wales' Alun Wyn Jones was man of the match

Wales recorded their first victory since March as they ended a run of five successive Test match defeats by eclipsing Argentina at the Principality Stadium.

Second-half tries from wing Liam Williams and scrum-half Gareth Davies made the difference as Wales bounced back after last weekend's 32-8 drubbing against Australia to kick-start their autumn campaign.

Much of it was not pretty, yet the Wales pack enjoyed a degree of control, which meant the Pumas were frequently denied quality possession and it ultimately made a difference as the home side prevailed 24-20.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Congratulations to @AlunWynJones today's @UnderArmourUK Man of the Match #WALvARG #UASeries." The Welsh Rugby Union sum up a wonderful response from a world-class player as he returned to Test match action following the death of his father.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Wales lock Alun Wyn Jones being voted the official man of the match. The towering lock missed last weekend's defeat against Australia following the death of his father, but his return to action coincided with a trademark outstanding performance as Wales rediscovered winning ways.

STAT OF THE MATCH

Wales ended a run of five successive Test match defeats as they claimed their first victory since beating Italy on the final day of last season's RBS 6 Nations Championship. It was also their fifth win in the last six starts against Argentina, and should set them up for strong performances in remaining November appointments with Japan and South Africa.

WINNER AND LOSER

It has been a testing week for Wales' interim head coach Rob Howley, who saw his team smashed by Australia and then made six changes - including dropping British and Irish Lions Test centre Jamie Roberts to the bench - for Argentina's Cardiff visit. The performance was often not pretty, but it was all about the result as Wales returned to winning ways. The undoubted loser was Argentina prop Ramiro Herrera, who was sin-binned just before half-time, underlining Wales' scrum dominance in the process.

WHO'S UP NEXT

Wales v Japan (Saturday, November 19)

Scotland v Argentina (Saturday, November 19)

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