Although the Pumas dominated possession, territory and the breakdown the All Blacks yet again manage to get a bonus point win as they beat Argentina 45-24 on Saturday
It was what we expected with Argentina not standing back for the All Blacks from the start of the match but it was the All Blacks that put first points on the ball with a penalty from Mo’unga.
The All Blacks made a lot of mistakes which gave the Pumas opportunity to attack the advantage line and they did put the All Blacks under pressure.
Argentina is at their best when they can feed of the mistakes of the opposition and the All Backs gave them plenty of that in the first forty.
It was some brilliant steps from Moyano which gave the Pumas their first try of the test and the lead early on. The lead was quickly taken back by the All Blacks when Miner-Skudder rounded off in the corner for the All Blacks first try.
The All Blacks then stepped it up and got their second try through Perenara diving over from a quick ruck to extend the lead to 15-7.
The Pumas was then denied a try from the TMO deciding that Moroni leg was dragged into touch by Perenara. Was a controversial call.
The Pumas then put some great runs together but just could not finish it off and it was the All Blacks that extended the lead just before halftime with a penalty to make it 18-7.
Argentina had the perfect start to the second half claiming the kickoff and went through the phases to eventually send Sanchez over for their second try of the match.
It was some magic from Ben Smith that found space for the All Blacks and after a quick recycle Read was at the end of the All Blacks third try.
Argentina got three back from a penalty by Sanchez who became the highest point scorer for Argentina but then Argentina were made to pay for an aimless kick from Sánchez. New Zealand builded up the phases with Lienert-Brown bursting through and sets up Perenara for his second try.
The Pumas camped down in the All Blacks half and worked hard to get Boffelli over from a great pass from Sanchez.
The All Blacks then stepped it up again with a try from Frizell who deserve a try in the test after 16 phases by the All Blacks. The Argentina still came out towards the All Blacks but it was the All Blacks that got the final say with Goodgue that got the ast try of the test from a great offload from McKenzie.
It was a great performance from the Pumas and they deserve a bit more than what the scoreboard shown at the end.
|Milner-Skudder,TJ Perenara(2),Read,Frizell,Goodhue||Moyano, Nicolas Sanchez,Boffelli|
|Richie Mo’unga(5)||Nicolas Sanchez(3)|