GIVEN THE SLIP: Argentina’s two-try hero Santiago Cordero slips the tackle from Stephen Moore of the Barbarians during the Killik Cup match at Twickenham Stadium in London.
GIVEN THE SLIP: Argentina’s two-try hero Santiago Cordero slips the tackle from Stephen Moore of the Barbarians during the Killik Cup match at Twickenham Stadium in London.

Pumas turn Barbarian party poopers

Santiago Cordero of Argentina slips the tackle from Stephen Moore of the Barbarians during the Killik Cup match  at Twickenham Stadium. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images.
Santiago Cordero of Argentina slips the tackle from Stephen Moore of the Barbarians during the Killik Cup match at Twickenham Stadium. Photo: Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Argentina's rise as a world power in the game is continuing rapidly after it spoiled the party for a Barbarians side coached by Wallabies mentor Michael Cheika.

The Pumas upstaged the Barbarians' during their 125th anniversary celebrations by outplaying the world's most famous invitation club at its own free-flowing game.

Argentina, whose players warmed up in black T-shirts carrying the number 11 in tribute to Jonah Lomu who died last week, ran in seven tries, with wing Santiago Cordero crossing twice.

It was an encouraging sign for when an Argentine franchise joins Super Rugby next year.

All 23 men who played for the Pumas will be available for the newly-formed South American franchise.

The Barbarians' line-up contained a number of stars, including starting Australians Tevita Kuridrani, Stephen Moore, Scott Fardy and Stephen Hoiles, and All Black Nehe Milner-Skudder and Springbok Victor Matfield.

But the team's performance was lacklustre at best.

It was fitting, however, that the final try was scored by Matfield, touching down in the corner in the closing seconds of his final international.


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