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Although Matias Moroni's score rewarded Argentina for their enterprise with two minutes remaining, Argentina have now lost 13 of their last 15 global fixtures since beating South Africa in Salta a year ago.

Coach Michael Cheika said he wanted to give them a "rev-up" at the break but the players were already aware of their lack of intensity and urgency that allowed the Pumas to lead 13-10.

Australia are now third on the Rugby Championship standings following a draw and two defeats while Argentina are yet to register a point after two defeats to South Africa and another loss to New Zealand.

Sekope Kepu was Australia's other tryscorer, burrowing over in the 49th minute to spark the dominant second half.

They never looked back from there with Folau, halfback Will Genia, his replacement Nick Phipps and rookie hooker Jordan Uelese sharing the five-pointers.

Foley was twice involved in the sweeping move that sent Folau over in the corner, but the Pumas quickly resumed their territorial stranglehold and Sanchez slotted a second penalty to send his side into halftime with a slim lead.

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Foley had a big game, kicking at 100 percent to contribute 15 points and also pulled off a try-saving tackle in the second half.

Cheika wasn't particularly happy with the first-half efforts of his back-row of skipper Michael Hooper and Ned Hanigan and No.8 Sean McMahon, who were outplayed by the Pumas.

"You have to set the platform or you get nothing out wide and then you get some straight hard running, better defence to put pressure on the opposition and you get a better outcome".

"It's a good feeling for everyone and to get a result as the game builds on is really rewarding".

The Wallabies picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and closed to within three points of the Springboks, who they will meet in a fortnight in Bloemfontein.

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