The All Blacks have triumphed 46-24 in Nelson over an impressive Pumas team.
Here’s how the highly entertaining match unfolded:
00 min: Tears from the Pumas in the national anthem, a ferocious haka from the All Blacks
1 min: Early penalty to the hosts but Richie Mo’unga misses touch. Not a great start for the new fly-half
2 min: Brodie Retallick falls hard on his right elbow and receives treatment. Could be an early replacement. Sam Whitelock is ready on the sideline.
3 mins: PENALTY to ALL BLACKS – All Blacks put on the heat at the first scrum and the Pumas pack folds like a deck of cards. Mo’unga lands the resulting penalty. ALL BLACKS lead 3-0
5 mins: Ardie Savea gives up a penalty from the kick off and Nicolas Sanchez goes for goal. He misses badly to the right.
9 mins: Great open passage of play but more injuries for the All Blacks. THREE CHANGES! Ben Smith in the bin for a HIA, Damian McKenzie on for him; Ngani Laumape off with a knee problem, Anton Lienert-Brown on; and Retallick goes for Sam Whitelock.
12 mins: All Blacks lose a line out on Pumas 22.
15 mins: TRY to PUMAS – Argentina move the ball quickly. Moyano finds himself in space on the left. He steps inside Mo’unga and then wrong foots TJ Perenara to score a superb solo try. Sanchez converts. PUMAS lead 7-3
16 mins: Ben Smith returns from his HIA. He’s okay. McKenzie back to the bench.
17 mins: TRY to ALL BLACKS – Shannon Frizzell has been impressive early. He makes another tackle bust to get the Pumas back-pedaling in their 22. The ball comes out to Codie Taylor who sends a long ball to Nehe Milner-Skudder who dives over in the corner. Mo’unga converts from the touchline. All Blacks back in front. ALL BLACKS lead 10-7
22 mins: All Blacks have two great chances to score but two knock-ons ruin the chances. The Pumas attack from within their own 22 and make some good yards down field. Great courage from the visitors. Hard to see the Boks or Wallabies doing that.
29 mins: TRY to ALL BLACKS – New Zealand attack close to the line with some powerful runs by Ardie Savea and Owen Franks. Jack Goodhue goes close and then Perenara finishes off with a sharp dive. Mo’unga misses the conversion. ALL BLACKS lead 15-7
34 mins: NO TRY to PUMAS – Poor defence from the All Blacks. Bad kick from Milner-Skudder and Sanchez ghosts through non-existent All Blacks tacklers. Great tackle from Perenara somehow prevents the try. Lucky break for All Blacks.
37 mins: More missed tackles by the All Blacks. First Agustin Creevy goes through from a ruck then Emiliano Boffelli slices the New Zealand defence open.
40 mins: PENALTY to ALL BLACKS: Referee Pascal Gauzere has been extremely tough at the break down on the Pumas caning the visitors in the penalty count 9-2. Must be seeing something I’m not. They get yet another penalty and Mo’unga extends the lead. ALL BLACKS lead 18-7
HALF-TIME: ALL BLACKS lead 18-7. Great first half of rugby. New Zealand have made eight handling errors to three from Argentina. Pumas unlucky not to be closer on the scoreboard, but will the visitors tire in the second half.
41 mins: TRY to PUMAS – Great start from Argentina. Some big tackles in the All Blacks 22 and they turn the ball over. They hold the ball and patiently probe the All Blacks line. The ball comes to Sanchez who steps through Franks non-existent tackle and scores. Sanchez converts his own try. ALL BLACKS lead 18-14
46 mins: Pumas deep on attack again and AGAIN another breakdown penalty won by Ardie Savea. All Blacks clear.
48 mins: TRY to ALL BLACKS – All Blacks line out on the Pumas 22. It’s over thrown by Codie Taylor but Argentina clear poorly. Waisake Naholo brings it back, then a great break by Ben Smith, ball comes wide to Goodhue who finds his captain Read and the No8 powers his way over. Mo’unga converts. ALL BLACKS lead 25-14
55 mins: PENALTY to PUMAS – Pumas on the attack and miracle! A breakdown penalty to Argentina. Sanchez lands it, in so doing becomes Argentina’s highest ever point scorer. ALL BLACKS lead 25-17
#RugbyChampionship— Cómo Te Atreves (@comoteatreves1) September 8, 2018
🇳🇿All Blacks 46-24 Los Pumas🇦🇷
15'🏉Try: Moyano (C: Sánchez)
42'🏉Try y conversión: Sánchez
70'🏉Try: Boffelli (C: Sánchez)
📷 @lospumas / @AllBlacks pic.twitter.com/yR2rtE8XUG
57 mins: TRY to ALL BLACKS – Some good defence from the Pumas but Lienert-Brown turns it on and bursts through the middle. Perenara is in support and takes the pass to dive over under the posts. Mo’unga converts. ALL BLACKS lead 32-17
62 mins: Nathan Harris is on for Taylor and loses his first lineout throw. Not a great start for the Chiefs No2.
64 mins: Another breakdown penalty against the All Blacks. Looks like Mr Gauzere has finally decided to start refereeing both teams.
67 mins: TRY to PUMAS – Pumas deep on the attack and another penalty against the All Blacks. Sanchez asks for a yellow card but Gauzere waves him away. Argentina set a scrum and they work a simple move with Boffelli wrapping around Sanchez and cutting straight through to score. Sanchez converts. ALL BLACKS lead 32-24
73 mins: TRY to ALL BLACKS – Quality sustained attack from the All Blacks and after 16 phases Frizell goes over from close to the line. The fans celebrate a try for the local boy. Mo’unga converts. ALL BLACKS lead 39-24
79 mins: TRY to ALL BLACKS – A Pumas error and the All Blacks turn it on. A bit of McKenzie magic and Goodhue goes over. Mo’unga converts. Very cruel on the Pumas as the score blows out. ALL BLACKS lead 46-24
FULL TIME: All Blacks win 46-24 but the 22-point margin doesn’t do justice to a superb Argentina performance.
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