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Wallabies finish on high

AUSTRALIA'S beefed-up forward pack outmuscled Argentina to secure a 25-19 victory in Rosario and finish the inaugural Rugby Championship second to New Zealand.

WINGERr Digby Ioane scored a late try for the Wallabies whose embattled coach Robbie Deans was vindicated for selecting a heavy set of forwards to take on Argentina's might up front following a string of injuries in the lead-up.

Full-back Michael Harris kicked 20 points as the Wallabies made the fewer handling mistakes with a slippery ball in damp conditions.

Australia's third victory in the elite southern hemisphere tournament saw them finish equal with South Africa on points, as they secured second place by having one more win than the Springboks.

The world champion All Blacks crushed South Africa for a clean sweep of six wins, while Argentina had to settle for bottom place but enjoyed an encouraging debut with a draw and five mostly competitive defeats.