New Zealand were made to work to quell a spirited Argentina 46-24 in Nelson Saturday to remain unbeaten after the third round of the Rugby Championship.
A brief spurt before half-time and again in the closing minutes made the difference for the All Blacks against an unpredictable Argentinian attack.
Here, we take a look at the key stats from the match.
112: metres made by Pumas winger Ramiro Moyano. The Jaguares star used his speed and nimble footwork to dissect the opposition defence with ease, scoring a first half try.
7: defenders beaten for Jack Goodue and Moyano. The pair beat more defenders than Emiliano Boffelli (6) and Ben Smith (5).
2: Tries scored by TJ Perenara in a virtuous display. His first try in particular was a gem, using his superb vision to exploited a gap on the side of the ruck to touch down.
100: percentage tackle success rate for Shannon Frizell. The All-Blacks back-rower completed 16 out of 16 tackles and put his body on the line at every opportunity to disrupt the Pumas momentum.
6: missed tackles by Jeronimo de la Fuente, who for a centre was highly inconsistent in defence.
4: turnovers conceded by out-half Richie Mo’unga in the first half. Although it might seem a high error count, the 24-year-old didn’t put a foot wrong in the second period.
82: percentage success rate in the tackle for the All Blacks in contrast to 68 percent success rate for the Pumas.
17: turnovers conceded by the All Blacks in contrast to 11 from the Pumas.
14: penalties conceded by the Pumas in comparison to just seven by the All Blacks.
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