Los Pumas v All Blacks: What do the numbers say?
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: This weekend the All Blacks are in Buenos Aires, where they will face Los Pumas for a second time this season.
With the home side having lost nine of their last 10 games and the All Blacks, averaging 6.8 tries and 46.3 points per game, the result is almost a forgone conclusion.
Read on for all the key stats.
- The All Blacks are undefeated in 25 previous encounters with the Pumas and have won 23 on the bounce since a 21-all draw in Buenos Aires in 1985.
- The All Blacks are enjoying an 18 game winning streak against sides from the Southern Hemisphere, their last such defeat coming at the hands of Australia in 2015.
- New Zealand have scored 4+ tries in seven of their last eight games against Argentina, the Pumas have scored at least one of their own in the last six clashes however.
- The Pumas have lost nine of their last 10 matches, a solitary win against Georgia the only positive result in this run.
- New Zealand are on target to break the record they set last year for points and tries in any edition of The Rugby Championship, currently they are averaging 6.8 tries and 46.3 points per game, last year’s totals averaged out at 43.7 points and 6.3 tries.
- The All Blacks are the only side yet to lose a scrum this season in the tournament (32/32), they also have the best lineout success rate (93%) and ruck success rate (96%).
- Rieko Ioane has beaten more defenders (24) and made more breaks (12) than anyone else in this edition of the competition, whilst Sonny Bill Williams leads the way for offloads (11).
- Beauden Barrett has been involved in nine tries in this tournament already (3 tries, 6 assists), more than any other player and two more than Argentina have managed in total as a team; the All Blacks star has also made more carries (49) than any other player.
- Codie Taylor is yet to misplace a lineout throw in this tournament (13/13), no one else has attempted more than five throws and not missed at least one.
- Despite playing only 55 minutes, Kane Hames has conceded more penalties than anyone else in this tournament (6).