All Blacks gain revenge over Argentina

Argentina: (0) 0
New Zealand: (10) 38
Tries: Coles, Savea, Jordan (2), Tuipulotu Pens: Mo’unga Cons: Mo’unga (4)

New Zealand crushed Argentina 38-0 to avenge their shock defeat two weeks ago and all but seal the Tri-Nations title.

The All Blacks dominated from the start of the match in Newcastle, Australia, and led 10-0 at half-time thanks to hooker Dane Coles’ try in the corner.

Ardie Savea burst through early in the second half before Will Jordan raced over for two tries within 10 minutes of coming on for his debut.

Patrick Tuipulotu then touched down a stunning team try in overtime.

Argentina and Australia both have six points and face each other in the final game of the tournament next weekend but it would need a remarkable scoreline for either side to overtake New Zealand, who have 11 points and a vastly superior points difference.

New Zealand head coach Ian Foster was under huge pressure after defeats by the Wallabies and the Pumas left his side facing the prospect of three successive losses for the first time since 1998.

His side had the benefit of a week’s rest while Argentina coach Mario Ledesma made 10 changes from the side that battled to a draw with Australia last Saturday.

More soon.


Argentina: Boffelli; Cordero, Mallia, De la Fuente, Moyano; Sanchez, Ezcurra; Vivas, Montoya, Medrano, Petti, Paulos, Matera (capt), Kremer, Isa.

Replacements:Socino, Tetaz Chaparro, Sordoni, Alemanno, Grondona, Bertranou, Carreras, Mensa.

New Zealand: B Barrett, J Barrett, Liernert-Brown, Goodhue, Clarke, Mo’unga, Smith; Moody, Coles, Laulala, S Barrett, Whitelock, A Ioane, Cane, Savea.

Replacements:Taylor, Tuinukuafe, Lomax, Tuipulotu, Sotutu, Perenara, R Ioane, Jordan.

Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)

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