Cardiff Rugby’s Tomos Williams scored a second half try help Wales secure a 20-20 draw against 14-man Argentina at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday afternoon.
Stade Francias Paris fly-half Nicolas Sanchez and Bristol Bears fly-half Callum Sheedy traded three-pointers in the opening half-hour, although Argentina were reduced to 14 men on 28 minutes in the baking Cardiff sun.
It was full-back Juan Cruz Mallia – scorer of Stade Toulousain’s sole try in their Heineken Champions Cup final win at Twickenham – who was dismissed after a dangerous tackle on Kieran Hardy.
But despite being a man light, Argentina hit the front just before the break when former Leicester Tigers and current Crusaders blindside Pablo Matera crossed the whitewash from close range.
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Wales responded early in the second period through Wasps lock Will Rowlands, with replacement fly-half Jarrod Evans converting to make it a seven-point game.
Neither side would trouble the scoresheet again until the 71st minute when Cardiff Rugby scrum-half Williams evaded the Pumas defence at the five-metre scrum to score, with Evans’ conversion levelling the scores at 20-20.
And although Wales pushed to find a late winning score, they failed to do so with the sides cancelling each other out in the final minutes.