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Hooper revels in Brisbane triumph

27th July 2019, 13:40 by Jack Ogalbe

Michael Hooper praised the spirit his Australia side showed as they battled to a 16-10 Rugby Championship win over Argentina.

The Wallabies came under fire following last weekend's tame 35-17 defeat in South Africa and were again tipped to be bullied by the physical Pumas.

However, that was not the case and while the forwards fronted up, the backs also looked sharper than in Johannesburg.

Michael Cheika again made changes and it was utility man Reece Hodge who scored their only try in Brisbane, but Christian Lealiifano's controlled performance was the highlight of the night.

The fly-half was composed from both the kicking tee and with ball in hand and surely booked his spot at the World Cup after battling back from leukaemia.

Saturday's victory gives Australia something to build on ahead of the opening Bledisloe Cup match in a fortnight.

Speaking afterwards, Hooper admitted he was proud of how his troops responded after their dismal display against the Springboks.

He said: "Really pleasing, we love coming up here...really pleased with our play and how we bounced back from a short week's turnaround."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.

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