Rugby Championship: New Zealand Hold Their Nerve to Win over Surging Pumas



New Zealand played their first leg against the Argentinians at the Yarrow Stadium on Saturday the 9th of September. 


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The All Blacks are unbeaten against Argentina and are still on track to defending their Rugby Championship title.

The Argentinians on the other hand were looking to make history and Daniel Hourcade dropped his ill disciplined players ahead of this crucial encounter.

New Zealand were first to get to the whitewash as Milner-Skudder dotted down after a good run from fullback Damian McKenzie sliced the defence. Barrett failed to convert, 5 – 0 to the hosts.
Kieran Read conceded a penalty for hands in the ruck and Sanchez coolly slots it over, 5 – 3 after 14 minutes played.

The All Blacks extended their lead after a scrum that saw Beauden Barrett stab a kick through for Lienert-Brown to dot down, but the TMO is called to check on the try, and the try is awarded after good handling skills from Lienert-Brown in wet conditions. Barrett seemed to have left his kicking boots at home as he shanks another conversion. 10 – 3 after 20 minutes

Boffelli brings the Los Pumas back into the game after a brilliant 53 metre penalty conversion, 10 – 6 after 26 minutes. Sanchez makes it a one point game after a successful drop goal attempt.

The hosts won a penalty and opted for the scrum which worked in their favour as Barrett swings it wide for Izzy Dagg to score just before the break. Barrett misses another one, it's clearly not his day.

Argentina capitalize on a mistake form captain Kieran Read, as Sanchez scores after good work from Creevy to hold on to the ball on attack. A successful conversion makes it 15 -16 to Argentina as they take the lead for the first time in the match. Boffelli slotted another 50 metre penalty making it 15 – 19 for the visitors going into the break.

After a slow start to the second stanza, Sanchez scores the first points for Los Pumas through another penalty. 22 -15.

Beuden Barrett is shown a yellow card at a crucial time in the game as Argentina lead. But we all know that the All Blacks really start playing in the second half, as Fifita makes a great run from the 40 metre mark, the forward beats a few tackles to score and brings the All Blacks back into the game.

Lima Sopoaga takes over the kicking duties form Barrett and he makes no mistake, New Zealand found their usual flow as Damian Mckenzie scores for the hosts before Beauden Barret puts the game out of Argentina's reach and makes amends for his string of errors bringing the game to 39 - 22.

New Zealand are still on track to retaining their Rugby Championship title. We saw a different animal in Argentina as they held their discipline and kept themselves in the game through strong defence and good kicking.

New Zealand will host the Springboks in their next Rugby Championship fixture and Argentina will travel to Australia to face the Wallabies on the 16th of September.

Final score: New Zealand 39 - 22 Argentina


Writtern by Lungelo Mdladla for Hollywoodbets

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