Argentina head coach Michael Cheika will be looking to get another win over beleaguered All Blacks counterpart, Ian Foster, at FMG Stadium Waikato in Hamilton.
Moreover, Argentina will be aiming for back-to-back wins against New Zealand for the first time, following their 25-18 victory against the All Blacks last weekend in Christchurch.
- New Zealand have lost four of their six Tests in 2022 (W2); only twice in the All Blacks’ history have they lost more Tests
in a calendar year (L6 – 1949 and L5 – 1998).
- The Kiwis have lost their last three Tests at home for the first time in their history – the All Blacks have only lost as many across their previous 73 matches on home soil (W67, D3, L3).
- The All Blacks have never lost four home Test matches in a row in their 119-year history.
- Dave Rennie has named the same starting XV for the third Test in a row; comparatively, this is the first time since 1997 that an All Blacks coach has done this.
- Argentina has won three of their last four Tests (L1), including each of their last two games.
- Los Pumas have won their last two Tests in The Rugby Championship after going winless across their last 10 games in the competition (D2, L8).
- Michael Cheika’s side will be aiming for three consecutive wins in TRC for the first time in their history.
- The Pumas have the best success rate on lineout throws of any team (90% – 37/41); however, no team has stolen more opposition lineouts in the competition this year than New Zealand (6).
- The South Americans have made 145 tackles per game, the most by any team; furthermore, they have made
dominant contact on 12 tackles, the second-most by any side (South Africa – 14).
- New Zealand has gained more metres (1,321) and made more offloads (27) than any other team.
- Argentina, however, is ranked last in both categories (921 metres gained, 12 offloads).
Players to watch:
- Ardie Savea has made more carries (36) and offloads (6) than any other player in The Rugby Championship; in addition, Savea’s 24 tackles are the second-most of any All Blacks player in the campaign (Sam Cane – 30).
- Argentina quartet Marcos Kremer (42), Tomas Lavanini (39), Julian Montoya (38) and Pablo Matera (33) have made more
tackles than any other players in the 2022 Rugby Championship.
Ahead of this match, the bookmakers give Argentina a 13-point start to this match, so they expect New Zealand to win by 13 points.
We are waiting for the kickoff.
In the meantime, have a look at the match preview.
PEEEP! We are underway in a wet and windy Waikato where New Zealand look to end a historic home losing streak against the Pumas.
2.00: New Zealand earn an early penalty after Tomas Lavanini’s knock-on gifted the Kiwis possession in the tourist’s 22.
3.00: PENALTY! Richie Mo’unga opens the scoring. 3-0
5.00: Another unforced error from the visitors, this time it is “Tackle King” Marcos Kremer, who loses the ball forward.
6.00: Will Jordan drops a Jordie Barrett offload into touch after the Kiwis went wide from a halfway line lineout.
9.00: Lots of handling errors in the opening stages as the Pumas struggle with the weather. A mistake from the boot by Santiago Carreras, whose punt rolls over the New Zealand dead ball line for a home scrum inside the Pumas’ half.
10.00: TRY! Ethan de Groot runs a good angle, collecting Aaron smith’s pop-pass to score next to the posts. Will Jordan won the high ball, and Rieko Ioane cleaned up to set up the attack inside the Pumas’ 22 before Smith combined with De Groot. 8-0
11.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga makes no mistake. 10-0
14.00: The All blacks are using the high bomb to good effect as the visitors struggled with the conditions and unforced errors. New Zealand’s kick-chase has been excellent, while the Pumas’ handling has been poor.
15.00: Pablo Matera is pinged for playing the ball in the ruck with his foot before the ball was out. Mo’unga boots the Kiwis into the tourist’s 22.
19.00: TRY! Mo’unga’s stab-grubber was collected by Will Jordan, who played Jordie Barrett before being tackled. Slick handling between Sam Whitelock, Shannon Frizell and Sam Cane saw the ball move quickly to Rieko Ioane. Ioane raced down the left channel and drew Santiago Carreras before sending Caleb Clarke away in the corner. 15-0
21.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga slots the touchline conversion. 17-0
23.00: All Blacks have had 74% possession and 55% territory, conceding only two turnovers to seven, with one handling error to five. Pumas are struggling in the wet.
25.00: A seven-phase attack ends with the Pumas winning a penalty for offside. The Pumas kick to the corner; they have to.
27.00: Santiago Carreras is down after Sam Cane took the flyhalf out with a late run.
29.00: Los Pumas are beginning to open the Kiwis’ defence, but handling errors continue to hamper Michael Cheika’s men. A penalty for a high tackle though leads to Boffelli kicking to the opposition’s 22.
33.00: PENALTY! Emiliano Boffelli puts the Pumas on the board with a curling penalty goal. 17-3
34.00: Mo’unga kicks to the corner after Matera is isolated from the kickoff.
36.00: NO TRY! Savea took a quick-tap penalty before the All Blacks hammered the goal line for Samisoni Taukei’aho to crash over. Replays, however, show that Tyrel Lomax knocked on before the try at the base of the ruck. Scrum to the hosts because they had an advantage. 17-3
36.00: YELLOW CARD! Tomas Lavanini is sent to the bin for a team totting up infringement in the red zone. 17-3
38.00: TRY! Rieko Ioane timed his run to perfection, his well-timed run sees the centre cut through the Pumas’ defence to score under the posts. The All Blacks scrum bulldozed the opposition before Mo’unga’s deft pass sent Ioane away for his 32nd Test try. 22-3
39.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 24-3
41.00: The ball is kicked to touch.
The halftime score was All Blacks 24 Los Pumas 3
41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway at FMG Stadium in Hamilton.
42.00: Santiago Carreras, who was injured by Cane, is replaced by Benjamin Urdapilleta.
45.00: Lavinini, not long back on, left his feet at the ruck to give Mo’unga a shot at goal.
47.00: PENALTY! Mo’unga extends. 27-3
50.00: Pumas ring the changes, while the Kiwis stay calm.
53.00: Bower thinks he’s scored, but Mr Berry pulls the play back for a penalty to the South Americans.
56.00: A rare penalty at the breakdown for the Argies.
57.00: YELLOW CARD! Fletcher Newell is in the bin. 27-3
61.00: TRY! A sweeping attack from a defensive scrum, deep inside their 22, saw the Kiwis go coast-to-coast and score through Jordie Barrett. Ioane started the attack with a linebreak from inside his 22. Ioane raced from his own 5m to past the opposition’s 10m line. He popped to Finlay Christie, who combined with Cane. the ball was recycled to the right. The All Blacks played hot potato before David Havili’s deft pass put Cane through a gap. The skipper drew ther last defender before offloading to Barrett for his 19th Test try. Sensational. 32-3
63.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 34-3
65.00: All blacks kick to the corner.
67.00: TRY! Dane Coles combines with Ardie Savea off the back of the ruck to give the No 8 his 19th Test score. 39-3
68.00: MISS! Barrett cannot convert. 39-3
73.00: The All Blacks have only made three handling errors. That is crazy.
74.00: TRY! Brodie Retallick scores from close range. 44-3
76.00: CONVERSION! Barrett makes no mistake. 46-3
78.00: New Zealand looking for the half-century, but Los Pumas keep them out. Just.
81.00: Argentina take a quick-tap penalty looking for a consolation score. Instead, the Pumas cannot do anyhting but give away a penalty to the hosts.
82.00: A scuffle breaks out at the end. Argentina really got battered in the Waikato rain, this is as poor as they have played this year. All Blacks have put in their best performance of the campaign.
83.00: The penalties mount at the end. The rain is bucketing down. Whitelock opts for a scrum on the visitor’s 5m.
84.00: TRY! Ardie Savea combines with Beauden Barrett, off the back of the scrum, and the playmaker scores his 41st Test try.
85.00: CONVERSION! Jordie barrett adds the extras. 53-3
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The final score is New Zealand 53 (24) Argentina 3 (3)
Tries – De Groot, Clarke, R. Ioane, J. Barrett, A. Savea, Retallick, B. Barrett
Pen – Mo’unga (2)
Con – Mo’unga (4), J. Barrett (2)
Cards – Newell (Yellow, 57′)
Pen – Boffelli
Drop – Lavanini (Yellow, 36′)
Referee: Nic Berry [AUS]
Assistant Ref 1: Nika Amashukeli [Georgia]
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way [AUS]
TMO: Brian McNeice [IRE]
15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Ethan de Groot
Replacements: 16 Dane Coles, 17 George Bower, 18 Fletcher Newell, 19 Brodie Retallick, 20 Dalton Papali’i, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Quinn Tupaea
15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Matias Orlando, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Santiago Grondona, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Joel Sclavi, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Thomas Gallo
Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Eduardo Bello, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Lucio Cinti