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Argentina

Rugby Championship | New Plymouth
07:35 (GMT) | 09-09-2017
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Full-time, thank you for joining us at Rugby365.com for this match . New Zealand victorious once again. Make sure to join us for the next match as Australia take on South Africa .
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Sopoaga's conversion kick is good
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Kerr-Barlow feeds the scrum for the All Blacks, he plays Laumape on the crash ball. Read then has a bash and then Beauden Barrett slices through and scores the try !
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All Blacks on the attack inside Argentina's 22 . Petti makes the steal for the visitors and Sanchez gets stuck behind his own goal line forcing the number 10 to dot the ball down. 5 meter scrum to the All Blacks .
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New Zealand win the penalty . Sopoaga taps and goes quickly after looking like he was going to kick for touch.
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Argentina lineout on the halfway line . Montoya finds his jumper followed by Matera having a run . Boffelli loses the ball and the All Blacks attack wide through Fifita and McKenzie
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Montoya has a run for the Pumas then Sanchez hoists the up and under taken beautifully by Beauden Barrett.
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Chip kick put through from Barrett, Tuungafasi then loses the ball forward in his attempted regather of the ball. Pumas scrum
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Sopoaga's penalty kick is good as the All Blacks lead is extended
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New Zealand win the penalty and the option is to have a shot at goal . Sopoaga steps up to the tee but its a challenging kick for the reserve number 10.
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New Zealand on the attack through Milner Skudder. Fifita breaks the line once again and makes 20 meters he offloads to McKenzie who scores another try ! TMO in action. It is judged the pass was forward from Fifita . Scrum Argentina on New Zealands 22
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Sopoaga converts the try
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Milner Skudder comes within inches, but a great tackle is made by Boffelli. Cane comes close then Sopoaga has a go. Scott Barrett gets stuck in then Fifita once more. Perenara throws the long pass to Damian McKenzie who crosses the try line in the corner!!!
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Perenara feeds the scrum and the All Blacks destroy the Pumas scrum and win the penalty. Again, the option is to set a scrum with a NZ put in.
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NZ just 5 meters from the Pumas try line as Retallick crashes it up , the Pumas are penalized again on their own try line. Read opts to pack down for a 5 meter scrum as the All Blacks are starting to dominate .
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Sopoaga puts his head down and has a go for the All Blacks. Cane , Retallick and Laulala get stuck in midfield before the All Blacks win a penalty. Sopoaga kicks for touch to set up a lineout inside the Pumas 22
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Sopoaga's penalty kick is unsuccessful . 22 drop-out to Argentina
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All Blacks win the penalty in a kick-able position. The option is to have a shot at goal as Sopoaga steps up to the tee.
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Too much action as Sonny Bill throws the great out the back door offload. He plays Sopoaga who breaks the line and looks to put Perenara in but the scrumhalf gets smashed by opposite number Cubelli .
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Moody busts the Pumas line and makes 30 meters with a great run! New Zealand on the attack on the halfway line before winning the penalty . NZ tap and go quickly
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Sopoaga's conversion attempt is good. A beautiful strike by the Highlanders number 10!
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Fifita! Out of nowhere the flank puts on the afterburners and scores a absolutely inspiring try in the corner for the All Blacks !!!!
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Argentina opt to have a shot at goal from the resulting penalty. Sanchez steps up and pops the ball over the bar! Argentina have come to play this evening!
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Matera comes within inches, NZ on the ropes as De la Fuente comes close. Argentina then win the penalty and Beauden Barrett is shown a yellow card .
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Creevy with a massive run for the Pumas!!!! Into New Zealands 22 the visitors go!!!!
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Sanchez penalty kick is wide this time. 22 drop-out to New Zealand
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McKenzie knocks on another up and under from Sanchez. From the scrum Argentina win the penalty and Sanchez steps up to have a shot at goal.
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Barrett puts the ball into touch. Argentina lineout near the halfway line. Creevy fails to find his jumper as the All Blacks attack wide through Milner Skudder. A hack kick is put through by the Pumas forcing Barrett to retreat to clean up the ball .
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Sanchez hoists the up and under and again , the All Blacks fail to take the ball. Cubelli then puts in a lovely kick that rolls into touch inside the All Blacks 22.
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From the kick off Read loses the ball forward. Scrum down, Argentina put in .
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Cubelli hoists the up and under not taken by McKenzie as the fullback fumbles the ball into touch. Creevy finds Petti at the lineout and the Pumas are awarded the penalty . Big boot Boffelli steps up for the long range attempt. He smashes the ball once again and its over once again!!!! What a kick!!!
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Second half underway as Barrett kicks off

Half Time

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Sanchez converts the try as Argentina take the lead and the ref blows for half-time. See you all in a bit for the second half ! What a game we have on our hands here !
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Great kick from Cubelli bounces out 5 meters from NZ's try line. Coles fails to find his jumper as Creevy busts away and comes close to scoring. The next wave of attack sees Sanchez slice through and scores the TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Barrett's conversion attempt is wide once again
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Great play from the All Blacks as Barrett plays Dagg in for the TRY!!!!
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All Blacks win the penalty and the option is to set a 5 meter scrum .
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Coles finds Retallick at the lineout and the maul is set. Perenara takes the ball and plays Barrett who crashes it up. Dagg gets involved off his wing then Read makes another run . Retallick comes close, Romano looks for glory. Pumas hang on desperately
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New Zealand win the penalty on an Argentina scrum put in. Barrett kicks for touch to set up the 5 meter lineout for the All Blacks
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All Blacks on the attack through Savea and Lienert-Brown. Barrett then loses the ball forward. Argentina scrum on their own line.
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Perenara feeds the scrum, Read picks up and attempts the grubber kick which is charged down by Boffelli but the ball bounces into touch. New Zealand lineout throw
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New Zealand with the scrum put in on the Pumas 22.
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Terrible kick from McKenzie slices off the side of his boot. Argentina regather the ball and Sanchez with the snap drop goal is pure class as the ball sails through the middle of the sticks!
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Desio makes a great run for Argentina as he makes his way up to NZ's 22. Sanchez hoists a up and under and McKenzie plugs the ball in the air and calls the mark in the 22.
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Barrett's restart goes out on the full. Scrum Argentina on the halfway line.
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Argentina opt to have a long range shot at goal through winger Boffelli. He strikes the ball well and its over! What a kick!
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Barrett attempts the grubber kick again, but Argentina are aware of it coming this time round as the ball is easily cleaned up. Sanchez hoists the up and under and McKenzie plugs the ball beautifully out the air. Savea is then penalized for holding on, great work from Creevy wins the visitors the penalty
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NZ butcher the lineout as Argentina regather the ball. Sanchez wallops the ball as the ball bounces out on the New Zealand 22. What a mighty thump
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Massive run once again from Fifita makes 20 meters this time as the flank gets rid of 4 defenders. Sonny Bill Williams and Retallick get stuck in before McKenzie puts through a grubber and Boffelli clens the ball up and smashes the ball into touch.
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Barrett's conversion attempt is unsuccessful
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Simple grubber kick from Barrett is pin point as Lienert-Brown regathers and looks to have scored. TMO in action and the decision is made..... Its a TRY!
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Perenara feeds the scrum plays Barrett who looks to put Dagg through the gap. Again there is a unintentional knock on from Cordero so once again we pack down for a New Zealand scrum.
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Read picks up from the base of the scrum and bashes it up. Dagg, Laulala and Fifita get involved then the attack goes wide through Lienert Brown . New Zealand just 5 meters from the Pumas line before there is a spoiling hand from Argentina that knocks the ball forward. Scrum down, New Zealand put in. A very dangerous position.
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From the kick off Argentina lose the ball forward. Scrum NZ on the 10 meter line inside Argentina's half.
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Sanchez penalty attempt is good and Argentina are on the board
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Cubelli feeds the scrum then plays Cordero off his wing . Argentina then win the penalty in front of the goal posts as Sanchez steps up for a shot at goal
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Scrum just outside the All Blacks 22 for Argentina.
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Argentina on the attack through Petti and Macome , can the Pumas strike back quickly after conceding a try
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Barrett's conversion kick is unsuccessful
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New Zealand on the attack through Fifita who makes a great run of 10 meters. McKenzie gets involved then Romano gets stuck in the tight. McKenzie then breaks the line with a super step draws the last defender in Tuculet and plays Nehe Milner Skudder in for a super try !
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NZ turn over the ball and Barrett attempts a cross kick for Dagg, its inches away from the perfect kick but the ball goes out.
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Argentina with ball in hand inside the All Blacks 22. Boffelli makes a good run, then Matera. Just 5 meters from the try line the visitors go.
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Short arm penalty awarded at the scrum to Argentina. Cubelli taps and goes as the Pumas make their way into the All Blacks 22 .
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Good play from Argentina as they make their way up to NZ's 22 before coughing up the ball. It all gets a bit sloppy as Sanchez attempts the drop goal that goes wide. 22 drop-out to New Zealand, taken quickly . NZ look to break the Pumas line before Romano loses the ball forward. Scrum down, Argentina put in near the halfway line.
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Sonny Bill Williams takes the kick off then crashes it up. Perenara then clears the ball into touch. Lineout for Argentina as Creevy finds Petti as Argentina are on the attack through De la Fuente and Moroni. Sanchez puts through a grubber cleaned up by McKenzie and cleared up field by Barrett.
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First half underway ! Sanchez kicks off for Argentina!
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Almost time for kick-off but first its time for the National anthems and then the Haka! This should be a great match! Lets hope there's plenty of Fantasy points for those of you playing Fantasy Rugby Championship !
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For Argentina: We all know how dangerous players like Joaquin Tuculet, Jerónimo de la Fuente and Nicolás Sánchez can be. However, the key is how scrumhalf Tomás Cubelli performs. Benjamin Macome and Matías Alemanno are the forwards that will have to provide the grunt that has been missing from the Argentinean pack.
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For New Zealand: The return of Anton Lienert-Brown has given the All Black midfield a very different dynamic. Israel Dagg and Nehe Milner-Skudder may see a lot more of the ball on the wings. Ardie Savea will always be very closely monitored by the opposition, but fellow flank Vaea Fifita is the unknown factor. Luke Romano is somewhat of a contentious selection, but he would like to silence his critics.
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New Zealand went off the boil in the last 30 minutes of the first Test, conceding four tries after leading the Wallabies 54-6, and lacked accuracy and handling throughout the second which the All Blacks edged 35-29 with a last-gasp try.
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Up steps an injury-free Nehe Milner-Skudder for his first appearance for the All Blacks since the 2015 World Cup final and a natural fit for the high-paced game Hansen is developing.
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When Los Pumas do play tight, captain Agustin Creevy is able to muster a powerful unit that has caused the All Blacks problems in the past, but he will be without one of his finest lieutenants this weekend with 78-Test veteran Juan Manuel Leguizamon dropped.
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Now in their sixth year of the Rugby Championship, much more was expected of the South Americans than just three wins from 29 matches. They have never beaten New Zealand. Two years ago, things looked good for Los Pumas when they made the World Cup semifinals and with the bulk of their squad joining the Jaguares to play Super Rugby the following year. But in two games against the All Blacks last year they appeared to have taken a step backwards - conceding a total of 93 points.
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Welcome to this Rugby Championship clash between New Zealand and Argentina coming to you from the Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
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START LINE UP
  • 1 Joe Moody
  • 2 Dane Coles
  • 3 Nepo Laulala
  • 4 Luke Romano
  • 5 Brodie Retallick
  • 6 Vaea Fifita
  • 7 Ardie Savea
  • 8 Kieran Read
  • 9 TJ Perenara
  • 10 Beauden Barrett
  • 11 Nehe Milner-Skudder
  • 12 Sonny Bill Williams
  • 13 Anton Lienert-Brown.
  • 14 Israel Dagg
  • 15 Damian McKenzie
RESERVES
  • 16 Codie Taylor
  • 17 Wyatt Crockett
  • 18 Ofa Tuungafasi
  • 19 Scott Barrett
  • 20 Sam Cane
  • 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow
  • 22 Lima Sopoaga
  • 23 Ngani Laumape
START LINE UP
  • 1 Lucas Noguera Paz
  • 2 Augustin Creevy
  • 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
  • 4 Nahuel Tetaz
  • 5 Guido Petti
  • 6 Matías Alemanno
  • 7 Pablo Matera
  • 8 Javier Desio
  • 9 Benjamin Macome
  • 10 Tomas Cubelli
  • 11 Nicolas Sanchez
  • 12 Emiliano Boffelli
  • 13 Jerónimo de la Fuente
  • 15 Santiago Cordero
  • 16 Joaquin Tuculet
RESERVES
  • 14 Matthias Moroni
  • 17 Julian Montoya
  • 18 Santiago García Botta
  • 19 Enrique Pieretto Heilan
  • 20 Marcos Kremer
  • 21 Tomás Lezana
  • 22 Martín Landajo
  • 23 Santiago González Iglesias
  • 24 Matias Orlando
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Preview: New Zealand v Argentina

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 08:45

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND THREE: Argentina will put their credibility on the line in New Plymouth on Saturtday, against an All Black team experimenting with the line-up.

Now in their sixth year of the Rugby Championship, much more was expected of the South Americans than just three wins from 29 matches. They have never beaten New Zealand.

Two years ago, things looked good for Los Pumas when they made the World Cup semifinals and with the bulk of their squad joining the Jaguares to play Super Rugby the following year.

But in two games against the All Blacks last year they appeared to have taken a step backwards - conceding a total of 93 points.

Both sides have made seven changes for Saturday's clash. While the All Blacks are looking to build depth, Argentina are in search of a glimmer of confidence.

Coach Daniel Hourcade tried to put a positive spin on the disappointing history against New Zealand when he named his side.

"For us to play against the All Blacks is always a huge motivation and you end up with positive things, because facing the best makes you grow," he said.

But Hourcade could be forgiven for wondering what to do next. Easing up on Argentina's traditional bruising forward game in favour of a more open, running style has not paid the desired dividends.

When Los Pumas do play tight, captain Agustin Creevy is able to muster a powerful unit that has caused the All Blacks problems in the past, but he will be without one of his finest lieutenants this weekend with 78-Test veteran Juan Manuel Leguizamon dropped.

Enforcer Tomas Lavanini was also not required despite being cleared of further punishment after being sent off against South Africa a fortnight ago when he collected two yellow cards.

In all there are four forward changes and three in the backs with Hourcade saying he chose his best line-up, which includes the return of Nicolas Sanchez to partner Tomas Cubelli in the halfback positions.

If the All Blacks have concerns about their misfiring performances against Australia they were not showing it.

Instead, coach Steve Hansen did not hesitate to rest Sam Whitelock, Liam Squire, Aaron Smith, Ryan Crotty and Rieko Ioane who represent 201 Tests-worth of experience.

Sam Cane goes to the bench and Ben Smith goes on holiday - between them worth a further 110 Tests.

Up steps an injury-free Nehe Milner-Skudder for his first appearance since the 2015 World Cup final and a natural fit for the high-paced game Hansen is developing.

The experienced Israel Dagg and Thomas Perenara also reinforce the backline along with Anton Lienert-Brown, while Luke Romano, Ardie Savea and the bruising Vaea Fifita are added to the forwards.

Milner-Skudder's previous eight Tests have all been on the right wing but with Julian Savea out of favour he has put his hand up for the left wing role.

"He wants to give it a crack," Hansen said.

"This Test match is all about us taking opportunities. It's an opportunity for our players to grow individually and collectively as a team."

Hansen is keen to develop a flawless, fast game but the All Blacks could not fully deliver in their first two matches against Australia.

New Zealand went off the boil in the last 30 minutes of the first Test, conceding four tries after leading the Wallabies 54-6, and lacked accuracy and handling throughout the second which the All Blacks edged 35-29 with a last-gasp try.

But against an Argentina side already beaten 37-15 and 41-23 by the Springboks, there would appear to be room to hone their skills.

Players to watch:

For New Zealand: The return of Anton Lienert-Brown has given the All Black midfield a very different dynamic. Israel Dagg and Nehe Milner-Skudder may see a lot more of the ball on the wings. Ardie Savea will always be very closely monitored by the opposition, but fellow flank Vaea Fifita is the unknown factor. Luke Romano is somewhat of a contentious selection, but he would like to silence his critics.

For Argentina: We all know how dangerous players like Joaquin Tuculet, Jerónimo de la Fuente and Nicolás Sánchez can be. However, the key is how scrumhalf Tomás Cubelli performs. Benjamin Macome and Matías Alemanno are the forwards that will have to provide the grunt that has been missing from the Argentinean pack.

Head to head: The anticipation of watching the attacking skills of Damian McKenzie (New Zealand) and Joaquin Tuculet (Argentina) is tantalising. The battle of the halfbacks - flyhalf Beauden Barrett and scrumhalf Thomas Perenara (New Zealand) against No.10 Nicolás Sánchez and No.9 Tomás Cubelli (Argentina) - could be decisive. The set pieces will be where the platform for victory or defeat is laid - Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Nepo Laulala, Dane Coles and Joe Moody (New Zealand) against Matías Alemanno, Guido Petti, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Agustín Creevy and Lucas Noguera Paz (Argentina).

Recent results:
2016: New Zealand won 36-17, Buenos Aires
2016: New Zealand won 57-22, Hamilton
2015: New Zealand won 26-16, London (World Cup pool match)
2015: New Zealand won 39-18, Christchurch
2014: New Zealand won 34-13, La Plata
2014: New Zealand won 28-9, Napier
2013: New Zealand won 33-15, La Plata
2013: New Zealand won 28-13, Hamilton
2012: New Zealand won 54-15, La Plata

Prediction: The All Blacks are undefeated in 24 previous encounters with the Pumas and have won 22 on the bounce since a 21-all draw in Buenos Aires in 1985. This will be the All Blacks 14th time hosting Argentina, with their last 13 such clashes ending in 13 wins by an average margin of 36 points. Argentina earned three wins in New Zealand at the 2011 World Cup, beating Georgia, Scotland and Romania there. This will be the first Test played at Yarrow Stadium since New Zealand defeated France there 24-9 in June 2013; the All Blacks average 64 points scored per game from their three previous appearances at the venue. Los Pumas have lost their last four games away from home, the last time they lost more on the road was a five-game drought in 2013. Argentina have been outscored 180-142 from five games in 2017 thus far, the only other time since 2000 that they have ended a calendar year with a  negative points differential was in 2013 (-58). The All Blacks have gained an average of 595 metres per game this tournament, more than 100 metres more than any other team in the competition. Argentina are the only team this tournament to have lost more than one line-out on their own throw (lost three). Rieko Ioane leads the tournament in tries (three), clean breaks (eight), and defenders beaten (13) thus far, while only Israel Folau (255 metres) has gained more metres than the All Blacks flyer (254 metres). Pablo Matera has made 20 tackles this tournament, the fourth most of any player and more than any other who is yet to miss an attempt. Of course Argentina can win, but it is unlikely. If you are a betting man, put your house on a New Zealand victory - by 20 points or more.

Teams:

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Ngani Laumape.

Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Benjamin Macome, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 4 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 3 Nahuel Tetaz, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera Paz.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto Heilan, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Matías Orlando.

Date: Saturday, September 9
Venue: Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT; 04.35 Argentina time)
Expected weather: Rain, easing to showers. Chance heavy​/​thundery rain in evening. Westerly winds. High of 13°C and a low of 6°C
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Matthew Carley (England)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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All Blacks surge past Pumas

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 07:35

RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH REPORT: New Zealand showed their class as they surged back to the top of the standings with a comfortable 39-22 won over Argentina in New Plymouth on Saturday.

The All Blacks again showed that when the chips are down - especially in the final quarter of a game - they can shift into overdrive and race away.

In the end they outscored Los Pumas by six tries to one - despite going a man down at a crucial stage in the second half.

Blindside flank Vaea Fifita turned the game with a 50-metre try 10 minutes into the second half when the All Blacks were down by seven points.

Coach Steve Hansen had billed Fifita as a "real physical beast" before the game and the 25 year-old did not disappoint using his 1.96 metre, 113 kilogramme frame to crash his way through Los Pumas.

It was a Test the All Blacks were never expected to lose and they won the try count six to one.

But they were made to struggle for long periods by an Argentinian side determined to prove they still belong among the leading nations.

As the All Blacks continued to suffer from the indecision and handling errors that plagued them in their last Test against Australia, Argentina were quick to cash in.

They led 16-15 at half-time and stretched the lead to 22-15 with two quick penalties at the start of the second half before Fifita's try brought the All Blacks back into the game.

On a cold wet night, Los Pumas pressured the All Blacks line from the kickoff with Nicolas Sanchez taking an ambitious but unsuccessful drop goal attempt.

But once the black machine settled, gaps started to open and it was only a matter of time before Damian McKenzie scythed through the Argentine backline to put Nehe Milner-Skudder over for the opening try.

Sanchez was quickly back in the action with a close-range penalty as Argentina found the All Blacks defence too difficult to penetrate and were reduced to earning points from kicks.

The All Blacks were immediately back on attack with Anton Lienert-Brown winning the race for the ball to score off a Beauden Barrett chip kick.

Los Pumas picked up another three points with a long-range penalty by left wing Emiliano Boffelli from a metre inside his own half and closed within one point at 10-9 with a second Sanchez penalty.

After Israel Dagg scored the All Blacks third try, Argentina came back to take the lead on the stroke of half-time, and from an All Blacks error when they lost a defensive line-out and Tomas Cubelli, a key player in the Argentinian attack, sent Sanchez over for the try.

Boffelli and Sanchez landed further penalties at the start of the second half before Fifita's try which, with Lima Sopoaga's conversion, levelled the score at 22-22.

Sopoaga had taken over the kicking after Beauden Barrett had a woeful night in front of his home crowd, missing three conversions and being yellow-carded.

Damian McKenzie stretched the lead with the All Blacks fifth try and after a Sopoaga penalty, Barrett atoned for his errors with a late try.

Man of the match: You can look at a couple of regulars for Argentina - hooker Agustin Creevy and flyhalf Nicolás Sanchez. However, when it mattered most the New Zealanders stood up - players like hooker Dane Coles, prop Joe Moody and captain Kieran Read. Our award goes to rookie All Black loose forward Vaea Fifita - for his enormous workrate, powerful carries and crucial try.

Moment of the match: At first it looked as if Beauden Barrett's yellow card early in the second half might turn the game in favour of the visitors, but then up stepped flank Vaea Fifita with a brilliant and very crucial try a couple of minutes later to turn the momentum back in favour of the All Blacks - while they were a man down.

Villain: There is only one candidate - New Zealand flyhalf Beauden Barrett, who has become a serial offender - too often killing the ball when a try is on for the opposition. His collection of yellow cards for this type of offence tells a story all of its own.

The scorers:

For New Zealand:
Tries:
Milner-Skudder, Lienert-Brown, Dagg, Fifita, McKenzie, Barrett
Cons: Sopoaga 3
Pen: Sopoaga

For Argentina:
Try:
Sanchez
Con: Sanchez
Pens: Sanchez 2, Boffelli 2
DG: Sanchez

Yellow card: Beauden Barrett (New Zealand, 49 - cynical foul, killing the ball close to his own line)

Teams:

New Zealand: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Thomas Perenara, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Lima Sopoaga, 23 Ngani Laumape.

Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Benjamin Macome, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 4 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 3 Nahuel Tetaz, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera Paz.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago García Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto Heilan, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Matías Orlando.

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Matthew Carley (England)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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Nehe Milner-Skudder (8min), Anton Lienert-Brown. (18min), Israel Dagg (36min), Vaea Fifita (51min), Damian McKenzie (62min), and Beauden Barrett (77min)
TRIES
Nicolas Sanchez (39min)
Lima Sopoaga (52min), Lima Sopoaga (63min), and Lima Sopoaga (79min)
CONVERSIONS
Nicolas Sanchez (40min)
Lima Sopoaga (69min)
PENALTIES
Nicolas Sanchez (13min), Emiliano Boffelli (24min), Emiliano Boffelli (42min), and Nicolas Sanchez (50min)
 
PENALTY TRIES
 
DROP GOALS
Nicolas Sanchez (28min)
Beauden Barrett (49min)
 
 
VENUE New Plymouth
REFEREE Angus Gardner (Australia)