The Rugby Championship returns on Saturday in Round 3 when New Zealand’s All Blacks host Argentina’s Pumas in Hamilton.
We are waiting for the kick off.
The anthems have been sung. The All Blacks have performed the Haka. Kapa O Pango led by Aaron Smith.
Craig Joubert signals the start of the match, Juan Martin Hernandez kicks off and the match is underway.
1.00: Argentina win the ball back after the kick off and then they win a penalty for not rolling away. Sanchez kicks for touch.
2.00: Argentina win the line out, they initially get pressed backwards but recover and then run the ball at the All Blacks. The All Blacks rush defence presses them back again but a tackle on Martin Landajo is missed and Santiago Cordero gets the ball and races through and scores under the posts. TRY!
3.00: Sanchez adds the conversion.
4.00: The first scrum after a Pumas knock on collapses and has to be reset.
5.00: Aaron Smith puts the ball in and the All Blacks win the ball run at the Pumas. Beauden Barrett misses a pass behind him but the All Blacks recover and continue the attack until they win a penalty for a player leaving his feet.
6.00: Beauden Barrett lines up the posts for the penalty.
7.00: Barrett takes the shot but misses.
8.00: The whistle goes for a penalty but a fight involving just about everyone jumps in. It dies down and there will be a scrum once Brodie Retallick’s contact lense has been replaced.
9.00: Scrum penalty to New Zealand. They choose another scrum.
10.00: The All Blacks win the scrum and they pass the ball to Julian Savea who slips off a half tackle and scores under the posts.
11.00: Barrett adds the conversion.
13.00: Penalty to Argentina. Sanchez lines up the kick and takes the shot.
14.00: Sanchez just curls it in and the Pumas lead again.
15.00: Kieran Read knocks on after the restart. Pumas scrum.
16.00: Julian Savea gets the ball and runs straight through Argentina, he is caught and Argentina turn the ball over and begin their own attack.
17.00: Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro gets through the All Black defence with space in front of him but then loses the ball ! The Pumas are called back as they had an advantage.
18.00: Sanchez lines up the posts and takes the kick. He nails it.
20.00: Penalty to New Zealand. Beauden Barrett takes the kick and this one he also misses. Well to the left.
23.00: The All Blacks go through the phases on attack. Julian Savea almost gets through but loses a shoe in the tackle. The All Blacks recycle and go wide Ben Smith scores goes over the corner and then dots the ball down under the posts. TRY!
24.00: Barrett slots the conversion. All Blacks lead.
26.00: Argentina are playing with confidence. They press the All Blacks back and then win a penalty. Sanchez slots the penalty and Argentina lead again.
28.00: There is a break in play for an injury.
29.00: Scrum penalty to Argentina in their half. Sanchez kicks for touch and finds it on the half way line.
30.00: Sam Cane wins a penalty for the All Blacks after the line out. The All Blacks take the penalty shot.
31.00: After some discussion, Israel Dagg lines up the kick and nails it. All Blacks lead.
33.00: Argentina go through six phases on attack but make little ground so on the 7th phase they kick. The All Blacks win the ball and begin their own attack. Kieran Read’s pass goes to ground and Argentina get the ball.
34.00: Argentina kick the ball upfield and then the All Blacks kick the ball back and into touch. Argentina win the line out and kick to the All Blacks backline.
35.00: The All Blacks chip the ball over Argentina and Beauden Barrett chases, the ball bounces over Joaquin Tuculet and straight into Barrett’s hands and he races in to score. TRY!
36.00: Barrett converts his own try.
38.00: Penalty to Argentina. Sanchez takes the kick and nails it.
40.00: The Pumas win a penalty after the siren for a high tackle. The ninth penalty against the All Blacks. Sanchez will have a shot at the posts.
41.00: Sanchez takes the kick but he misses.
It’s half time.
The half time score was New Zealand 24 Argentina 19
The All Blacks kick off and the second half is underway.
42.00: Argentina continue with the way they were playing in the first half and press the All Blacks back into their half.
43.00: Sam Cane wins a penalty for the All Blacks so Barrett clears the ball into touch.
45.00: Tuculet almost gets through for the Pumas but an All Black gets in the way of the pass. Sam Cane has injured himself and comes off and is replaced by Ardie Savea. Hamstring injury.
47.00: Argentina work the ball up to the All Black 5m line with a run from Matias Moroni. The All Blacks win a penalty and kick for touch to relieve the pressure. TJ Perenara has come on for Aaron Smith.
48.00; Argentina win the line out and Sanchez slices through the All Blacks. He is caught but the All Blacks concede a penalty in front. Sanchez will have a shot.
49.00: Sanchez slots the penalty and the All Blacks look a little rattled. A little.
51.00: The All Blacks get the ball into the Pumas half. Barrett has a break but is caught. The All Blacks recycle and Ryan Crotty gets the ball after a second break by Barrett and Crotty scores. TRY!
54.00: Barrett adds the conversion.
55.00: The All Blacks have taken a big step up. They work the ball into the Pumas 22. They go through the phases and Charlie Faumuina crashes over to score. TRY!
Barrett slots the conversion.
60.00: Malakai Fekitoa makes a break for the All Blacks and Argentina scramble in defence. In doing so they concede a penalty. The All Blacks kick for touch. Landajo has been replaced by Tomas Cubelli.
61.00: The All Blacks win the line out and drive to the line. The ball goes into touch.
62.00: All Blacks win the line out and drive to the line again. They go over but are held up next to the posts.
63.00: Ryan Crotty slices through a gap after the scrum and scores his second TRY!
64.00: Barrett slots the conversion and is replaced by Aaron Cruden.
66.00: Ben Smith gets the ball and slices through. He is tackled but shrugs it off and backs himself and beats three players to the line and scores. TRY!
67.00: Cruden takes the conversion kick and nails it.
70.00: Penalty to the All Blacks. Cruden kicks for touch.
71.00: Julian Savea goes for the corner and his second try of the match but is tackled into touch.
76.00: The All Blacks kick wide for the wing and Luke Romano catches the ball and scores. TRY!
77.00: Aaron Cruden’s conversion kick is charged down.
79.00: The All Blacks win the ball from a scrum and run. The siren sounds but they play on.
80.00: The ball is kicked into touch.
Thats it. New Zealand have won.
The full time score is New Zealand 57 (24) Argentina 22 (19)
Tries – J.Savea, B.Smith 2, B.Barrett, R.Crotty 2 , C.Faumuina, L.Romano
Pen – I.Dagg
Con – B.Barrett 6, A.Cruden
Tries – S.Cordero
Pen – N.Sanchez 4
Con – N.Sanchez
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Ref 2:Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO : George Ayoub (Australia)
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.