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Australia’s breakout rugby star delivers again

Winning is becoming a happy habit for the Wallabies, who backed up twin victories over the world champion Springboks with a clinical 27-8 win over the Pumas in Townsville tonight.

It was the first time since 2017 that Australia has won three Test matches on the bounce.

Here’s how the Wallabies players rated from the round five Rugby Championship clash.

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1: James Slipper 6/10

Good hustle and a solid contributor to a clearly superior front row.

2: Folau Fainga’a 6/10

Effective at scrum time and executed some nice lineout throws.

3: Taniela Tupou 7/10

Followed up his match winning performance in Brisbane by causing immense headaches at scrum time and was powerful in open play.

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Taniela Tupou of the Wallabies runs the ball. (Getty)

4: Izack Rodda 5.5/10

Provided a steady target at lineout time and worked hard in general.

5: Matt Philip 6/10

Showed some silky hands in link play as well as a tidy all-round effort.

6: Rob Leota 6/10

Got involved early with couple of tackles and carries, while staying error-free.

The Wallabies pose together after winning The Rugby Championship match. (Getty)

7: Michael Hooper 7/10

Ever-present on clean up duties all night long and never took a backward step in the physical exchanges.

8: Rob Valetini 7.5/10

Ran some nice lines and consistently advanced beyond the gain line in a fine 80 minute effort.

9: Nic White 6/10

Efficient passing and organisation on attack and offered pinpoint accuracy on box kicks.

Quade Cooper of the Wallabies steps around Juan Martin Gonzalez of Argentina. (Getty)

10: Quade Cooper 6.5/10

Showed good variations in his passing game, with astute kicking and goalkicking was spotless.

11: Marika Koroibete 7/10

Drew defenders to allow Reece Hodge to score and always dangerous returning kicks.

12: Samu Kerevi 7.5/10

Pierced the defence with line breaks and a try from a pick and go, before showing the ability to brilliantly control the ball on top of his head later in the game.

Samu Kerevi extends the Wallabies’ lead

13: Len Ikitau 7/10

Continues to improve in the gold jersey, showing increasing confidence with ball in hand – even throwing a “Tupou-like” no look pass.

14: Andrew Kellaway 9/10

High quality performance all round. Showed great willingness to get involved, a nice kicking game, strong carries and a very well-earned try.

15: Reece Hodge 6.5/10

Slotted in to start at fullback and was full of running, to score an early try.

Reece Hodge goes over for the Wallabies

RESERVES

16: Feleti Kaitu’u: N/A

17: Angus Bell 7/10

Heavily involved with the ball in hand in the final quarter.

18: Tom Robertson 6/10

Busy in the closing stages and gained a scrum penalty.

19: Darcy Swain 5.5/10

Showed his defensive maul prowess in causing a turnover while defending his own tryline.

20: Pete Samu 5/10

Unable to make a real impression late in the game.

21: Tate McDermott 5.5/10

Added some spark, but struggled to find room to run.

22: James O’Connor 7/10

The keenly anticipated return saw an instant injection of energy and flow on attack.

23: Jordan Petaia N/A

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