Argentina coach Santiago Phelan thrilled with upset victory over Wales

Last Updated: 10/11/12 7:01pm

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Juan Jose Imhoff scores Argentina's first try in Cardiff

Juan Jose Imhoff scores Argentina's first try in Cardiff

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Argentina coach Santiago Phelan admitted their recent experience in the Rugby Championship was the key to their shock 26-12 victory over Wales.

The Pumas did not win any of their games in their debut season in the southern hemisphere championship, but they performed well, pushing New Zealand, South Africa and Australia in almost every match.

They face France and Ireland next and Phelan was left thrilled with their only their second win in Wales, their first 11 years ago to the day.

He said: "We are very happy with our performance today. The team took the initiative in the first 20 minutes and played very well in the second half, moving the ball and keeping possession.

"The intensity of the game was very high, but the Argentinian players have had a good experience playing in the Rugby Championship and have learned to play at this intensity.

"Today was a good step forward for our team in terms of intensity and tempo and scoring points, which was one of our major goals for this game."

Proud skipper Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe added: "This is a great win for us. We have been searching for this win for a long time as a group.

"The most important thing for us was to try to get that first win. We are happy to do it against such a good team."

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