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New Australia coach Dave Rennie had to admit his side still had a way to go in the wake of yet another Test lost when an attempted last-minute penalty goal missed.

 

Australia utility Reece Hodge suffered a third missed penalty goal that could have given them wins, but Rennie said he felt sorry for him.

 

"He's kicked well, and there weren't many lining up to make that shot. It would have been nice if he'd kicked that.

 

"It feels a little bit different to the draw a couple of weeks ago, mainly because we let ourselves down on the scoreboard by 10 at one stage, and by seven when we got a red card, so the boys did show a lot of character to fight their way back into that," he said.

 

The side needed to be able to turn pressure into points. They had come up against a side who defended well as a unit while also tackling well individually.

 

"We're a work in progress. We're good men who have worked hard and come together well, but, as I've said, we need to see that reflected in performance.

 

 

"There's no lack of heart and no lack of effort, but we've got to be way more clinical.

 

"We won one out of six, if you look at it from that perspective. It's disappointing, but I guess we've got an understanding of where we're at, the shifts we need to make and I look forward to seeing how these boys develop and apply pressure to us [as selectors] through Super Rugby," he said.

 

Argentine coach Mario Ledesma said while he felt if they had won their first drawn game [with Australia], it would have been unfair, they deserved to win Saturday's second draw.

 

"We're really happy about the whole tour, and I'm proud with the guys. [I] couldn't be prouder.

 

"Adversity was present from March on…but from the beginning, we said we didn't want to make any excuses for starters, and we didn't.

"I never heard anybody whinge, anybody complain. It was all positive attitude and getting together and feeding off the others' energy.

 

"They love each other. They demand the same commitment they put on each other. So it's been an incredible journey the whole year," he said.

 

The actions of Argentina Rugby over the social media comments between 2011 and 2013 made by captain Pablo Matera, lock Guido Petti and hooker Santiago Socino had not helped them. Their absence from the team, despite the withdrawal of their punishment, made Argentina's effort even more impressive.

 

"This week has been really, really hard. All the other stuff, the preparation, all the build-up. Especially on some of the boys, it was a really difficult week to prepare," he said.

 

The rulings had been a distraction, and some players had only been sleeping two or three hours a night as a result of messages coming and going.

 

But throughout it all, the players had never lost their focus, he said.

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