Williams guides Wales past Pumas

Wales beat Argentina 20-13 in the Autumn Nations Series in Cardiff on Saturday as Tomos Williams scored a late try.

Scrum-half Williams crossed just after the break as the hosts claimed a first win in the fixture since 2018 and bounced back after last Saturday's heavy home loss to New Zealand.

"We knew last week we'd have a lot of stick and rightly so and this just shows the character in the team to bounce back," Wales captain Justin Tipuric told Amazon Prime.

"The boys stood up today and put everything right. We could have come here today and Argentina are such a good team and let them steamroller over us like last week, but we came fighting, met them and came away with a win," he added

The visitors, fresh from a win over England last weekend, were without captain Julian Montoya due to a rib injury with Pablo Matera stepping in as skipper.

The Pumas led 6-0 after a quarter of an hour as Emiliano Boffelli, their hero at Twickenham, kicked two penalties.

Wayne Pivac's side reacted by camping in Argentina's 22m but after successive pick and gos hooker Ken Owens knocked the ball on centimetres from the Pumas line.

Six minutes after Owens' mis-hap the home side led as No. 8 Taulupe Faletau bundled over from a rolling maul and Gareth Anscombe converted to make it 7-6.

Ospreys fly-half Anscombe slotted a penalty to make it 10-6 at the break.

Their dominance continued after the break as Cardiff's Williams blocked a Juan Cruz Mallia clearance kick to score and Anscombe added the extras as they led 17-6.

Just before the hour Anscombe was replaced by Rhys Priestland before the 35-year-old extended his side's advantage to 20-6 with a penalty.

Wales' lead was cut to seven points as former Dragons prop Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro scored as Boffelli converted with 12 minutes to play.

Pivac's side kept the Pumas pinned in their own 22m before holding on for victory in a welcome boost after last week's humiliation against the All Blacks especially with the Rugby World Cup less than 10 months away.

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