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New Zealand beat Argentina in Napier




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Out of the last five matches between New Zealand’s All Blacks and Argentina’s Pumas the All Blacks have won all five.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off. The anthems have been done and the All Blacks have done the Haka.

0.01: Beauden Barrett kicks off as the rain starts to come down again.

1.00: The All Blacks make a strong start and after a scrum Barrett chips ahead and over the Pumas but Julian Savea is tackled early and a try goes begging. The Assistant ref misses the early tackle and a knock on is called.

3.00: Argentina win the scrum but then the All Blacks win a penalty. All in the Pumas 22.

4.00: Barrett takes the penalty kick in the pouring rain but misses.

6.00: The All Blacks look to move the ball but Argentina defend and keep the hosts in the middle of the field.

8.00: The All Blacks concede a penalty for obstruction at the line out so they kick for touch from inside their half.

10.00: Argentina win their line out and press the All Blacks to their 5m line before the ball goes out. The All Blacks win the line out and Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino goes for a drop goal but it misses.

11.00: The All Blacks kick the ball back and Argentina kick it out in the corner.

13.00: After NZ dominated the early territory the Pumas have responded and spent the last five minutes in the All Black half. They concede a penalty from the scrum so Israel Dagg kicks for touch.

16.00: Another penalty to the All Blacks. Barrett takes the shot and this one he nails.

18.00: Argentina win the ball from a line out and they form a maul. The All Blacks go offside so the Pumas have a penalty inside the All Blacks half. Sanchez takes the penalty kick and nails it. The scores are level.

19.00: Danger for the Pumas as Sanchez has a kick charged down but Juan Martin Hernandez gets back and kicks the ball into touch.

20.00: The All Blacks win the line out and attack in the Argentina 22. The Pumas however turn the ball over and kick upfield. The ball stays in play and the All Blacks counterattack.

23.00: The Pumas continue to push at the All Blacks. The Pumas are testing the All Blacks with a mix of kicking and a running game.

25.00: The Pumas win a line out and send the ball down the line. The handling is a little too fancy and the ball goes to ground. Possession changes hands a couple of times but the All Blacks set up their attack and they (Conrad Smith) chip the ball up for Savea who chases, gets the ball and scores the first TRY! Sam Whitelock has been replaced due to (rib) injury. Jeremy Thrush comes on.

27.00:Barett misses the conversion.

30.00: Argentina win a line out and form a maul. The All Black infringe so the Pumas have a free kick. They choose to scrum and it’s on the All Black 22m line.

32.00:Argentina win a penalty from the scrum as the All Black front row collapses. Sanchez takes the penalty shot and nails it.

36.00: Argentina keep the All Blacks back in their half. Sanchez goes for a drop goal but misses.

38.00: The All Blacks try to attack in the centrefield but Dagg comes in too fast around the side of the scrum and knocks on. Brodie Retalick has taken a knock after suffering a boot to the head while trying to charge down a kick. He may need stitches.

39.00: The scrum has to be re-set. Twice.

40.02: The siren sounds. The All Blacks win the scrum and Beauden Barrett races off with the ball. He is stopped but gets a pass away to Liam Messam who goes in to score. TRY!

42.00: Barrett takes the conversion kick but misses again.

The half time score was New Zealand 13 Argentina 6

Nicolas Sanchez kicks off and the second half is underway.

43.00: Tryscorer Liam Messam comes off due to injury and Sam Cane comes on. The All Blacks win a line out and Julian Savea slices through the Pumas backline at pace and shoves off Horacio Agulla and scores his second TRY!

44.00: Barrett misses the conversion again.

46.00: The All Blacks kick upfield which forces Argentina to play the ball. They go through a couple of phases and the All Blacks turn the ball over.

48.00: The All Blacks get the ball to Savea who chips and chases but the ball is pushed into touch by the Pumas.

49.00: The All Blacks suck the Pumas in and they have a man outwide but the ball is passed far too strongly by Dagg and goes into touch.

50.00: Aaron Smith tries a chip through for Nonu but the Pumas get back and kick the ball into touch. The All Blacks have taken a step up this half.

51.00: We have a short break for a late charge on Richie McCaw. TMO review. The All Blacks win a penalty for the charge so Dagg kicks for touch.

52.00: There is another break for an injury. This time it’s for Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe. The game resumes.

54.00: The Pumas line out throw is not straight so we have a scrum on the half way line.

55.00: Beauden Barrett has been replaced by Colin Slade. The Pumas have the ball on attack in the All Black half.

56.00: Argentina make some ground on the All Blacks but the home side turn the ball over and attack.

57.00:  Leonardo Senatore charges down a ball from Nonu and races for the line and scores. The whistle however went before he scored for a knock on. Replays clearly show that there was no knock on. Argentina very unlucky there.

60.00: The game has slowed a little as scrums battle to complete. The rain has slowed but the pitch is wet. Argentina get a free kick so they choose to scrum again.

61.00: Argentina win a penalty from the scrum. They will kick for posts. Sanchez slots the penalty.

64.00: Penalty to New Zealand. Colin Slade takes the kick and nails it.

67.00: New Zealand get a penalty back from the scrum as the Pumas front row collapses. They kick for touch.

69.00: Penalty to New Zealand again. Slade takes the shot but misses.

71.00: The All Blacks are pressing hard at the Argentina line as they search for the bonus point. Read gets close but is held out.

72.00: Aaron Smith slices off the side of the pack under the posts and scores the BONUS point TRY!

73.00: Slade slots the first conversion of the match.

74.00: Penalties conceded : Argentina 10 New Zealand 9. The Pumas have a penalty so they kick for the corner. The crowd of  21329 is reduced to 21328 as a streaker is removed.

75.00: Argentina put the All Blacks under some pressure in their 22 but the hosts turn the ball over and kick for touch to the half way line. It looks like the last try has taken the wind out the Pumas sails.

77.00: There is a break in play as Julian Savea flattens Joaquin Tuculet in a late tackle. Tuculet gets some help and Savea gets a warning. Argentina kick for touch.

79.00: The Pumas set up a line out on the All Black 5m line. They win the ball but it’s scrappy. They retain the ball and try to chip through but the All Blacks get to it and kick upfield.

80.04 : The siren sounds as the Pumas have the ball in their half. They move the ball down the line and keep the ball alive but make no ground.

81.00: The Pumas knock on and then the All Blacks knock on.

That’s it. The All Blacks win.

The full time score is New Zealand 28 (13) Argentina 9 (6)


New Zealand
Tries – J.Savea 2, L.Messam, A.Smith
Pen – B.Barrett, C.Slade
Con – C.Slade
Drop –
Cards –

Tries –
Pen – N.Sanchez 3
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Pascal Gauzere
Assistant Ref 1:Jerome Gaes
Assistant Ref 2:Rohan Hoffman
TMO : Peter Marshall


New Zealand

Israel Dagg; Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Kieran Reid, Richie McCaw (captain), Liam Messam; Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick; Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett.

Replacements: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Joe Moody, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Malakai Fekitoa.


Joaquin Tuculet; Horacio Agulla, Marcelo Bosch, Juan Martin Hernandez, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino; Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Leonardo Senatore, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe; Tomas Lavanini, Mariano Galarza; Ramiro Herrera, Agustin Creevy (capt), Marcos Ayerza

Replacements: Matias Cortese, Lucas Noguera Paz, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Matias Alemanno, Rodrigo Baez, Tomas Cubelli, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Juan Imhoff.

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