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All Blacks pull away after early Argentina scare



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New Zealand’s All Blacks recovered from a slow start to beat Argentina’s Pumas 57-22 in the Rugby Championship at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.

The All Blacks, who outscored Argentina by eight tries to one, are the only unbeaten team in the Rugby Championship and after three bonus point wins have all but won the title this season.

Argentina went into the lead in the third minute through an early converted try which put the All Blacks on the backfoot and as a result they conceded a long list of penalties.

The All Blacks had to dig deep against an Argentina side playing with confidence but by half time they led 24-19.

Argentina made a strong start to the second half but in the final quarter the All Blacks pulled away for a comfortable victory which had looked very unlikely in the opening half.

Having battled to pull away from the Pumas for the first 50 minutes the All Blacks suddenly broke through and scored two quick tries to put them 16 points ahead.

The two tries from Ryan Crotty and Charlie Faumuina left Argentina a mountain to climb and after going toe to toe for so long the fatugue set in.

Crotty crossed for a second try and tries were also scored by Ben Smith, Beauden Barrett and Luke Romano which made the scoreline look like it had been a one sided contest.

The All Blacks have won their last 43 matches at home in New Zealand. Their last loss at home was in 2009 against South Africa in Hamilton.

Next week in the fourth week the All Blacks host South Africa in Christchurch. Argentina will travel to Australia as they play the Wallabies in Perth.

Final Score New Zealand 57 (24) Argentina 22 (19)


New Zealand
Tries – J.Savea, B.Smith 2, B.Barrett, R.Crotty 2 , C.Faumuina, L.Romano
Pen – I.Dagg
Con – B.Barrett 6, A.Cruden
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – S.Cordero
Pen – N.Sanchez 4
Con – N.Sanchez
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Ref 2:Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO : George Ayoub (Australia)


New Zealand

1. Joe Moody , 2. Dane Coles, 3. Owen Franks , 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 6. Jerome Kaino , 7. Sam Cane , 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Beauden Barrett, 11. Julian Savea, 12. Ryan Crotty , 13. Malakai Fekitoa, 14. Israel Dagg , 15. Ben Smith,

Replacements : 16. Codie Taylor , 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Charlie Faumuina , 19. Luke Romano, 20. Ardie Savea , 21. TJ Perenara , 22. Aaron Cruden , 23. Anton Lienert-Brown


Joaquin Tuculet, Matthias Moroni, Matias Orlando, Juan Martin Hernandez, Santiago Cordero, Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo, Facundo Isa, Javier Ortega Desio, Pablo Matera, Matias Alemanno, Guido Petti, Ramiro Herrera, Agustin Creevy (capt), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Replacements: Julian Montoya, Lucas Noguera, Enrique Pieretto, Marcos Kremer, Leonardo Senatore, Tomas Cubelli, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Ramiro Moyano.

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  1. Froddo

    10th September 2016 at 8:21 pm

    It was a silly strategy from Argentina to try to outplay the ABs with a clearly inferior team: after 40 or 50 minutes, the argies were done for good, they were so tired they could not move! As long as naive coaches try to implement this type of silly strategies, we (viewers) are going to enjoy a lot of ABs tries and successful plays!

  2. Andy

    11th September 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Argentina’s bench has no depth. The starting team can be a match to the AB. The rest of the team is composed of Jaguares’ subs. Whilst AB”s replacements are as good as the team inside the field, Argentinean ones are not (yet). Hence the team is always outplayed in the last 30 minutes or so of every match.
    As the Pumas have a self-imposed ban against calling players playing in Europe, effectively that means using only Jaguares plus Cubelli (Brumbies). Argentina will need a second franchise in the super rugby if they aspire to have 33 high-level players to play for test matches. It will come.. but it will take a few years. Players, coaches and fans have two be patient

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