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- Rugby Championship
- 28th Sep 2013
- KO 23:40
- Ground: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas
- Att: 37,500
Argentina v New Zealand - Live
Argentina 15-33 New Zealand
80 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, B.SMITH! 15-33: There it is - right at the death! Magical score from Ben Smith who steps inside Contepomi and barges over the last defender to score under the posts! Huge moment for New Zealand who do take away maximum points from Argentina, handing them a considerable advantage next weekend at Ellis Park against South Africa and making them favourites to win the Rugby Championship. A fine game in La Plata, thanks for following.
78 All Blacks have the better hit at the scrum initially but we reset, Argentina winning the ball and then bundled into touch through Agulla. Quick lineout from NZ - Piutau makes a smart break and the All Blacks have a penalty. Barrett chips into the corner.
77 All Blacks building the phases and break into the 22 through Savea, but Dagg just knocks on when it matters. Another key chance gone.
75 Lineout won by New Zealand but again in their 22, the Pumas manage to come up with a penalty. Another letoff and the All Blacks, like South Africa earlier today, are blowing key chances here for maximum points.
73 Argentina penalised in the tackle so Barrett will kick to the corner - time starting to run out on New Zealand now.
72 All Blacks back in the Argentinian 22, hunting that try bonus point. Pressure defence from the Pumas as they thump back the attackers and then win a penalty, just reward there. Hernandez will clear to touch once more.
70 Better scrum from NZ this time as Read picks up and feeds Savea. All Blacks five metres out now - Kerr-Barlow darts for the line but he was held in the tackle so Argentina win the penalty right on their own line. Hernandez clears.
68 Landajo clears and Savea knocks on leaping to take the ball, so another scrum to the Pumas. Trailing by 11.
66 Very good chance for Savea to grab his second try after the ball is hacked on, but the wet surface sees him knock on with the line beckoning. Argentinian scrum five metres out, New Zealand still hunting that try bonus point.
64 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 15-26: Simple shot at goal for Sanchez who lands his fourth penalty.
62 Contepomi on for Argentina as Luatua replaces Messam for NZ. Another excellent scrum from Argentina who win another penalty, with Hernandez kicking into touch. Lineout won by Argentina but the All Blacks defensive line is up quick. Penalty to the Pumas after they have a man taken out without the ball.
60 Better kick from A.Smith who pins Argentina back onto their 22 with a lineout. Ball is won and Landajo clears high but not long. NZ in possession, Nonu leaves the ball behind but the All Blacks tidy up. Kicking to the corner but Hernandez gathers and clears.
58 The All Blacks are rampant now - until Cruden's kick goes out on the full. Half break for C.Smith earlier in that passage nearly brought another score as Nonu ran out of room. Pace of the game getting to the Pumas.
56 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, B.SMITH! 12-26: Stunning score from the All Blacks! Lineout ball is quick and Nonu draws the defence and flicks onto B.Smith who rushes through on Nonu's shoulder for the third try - his sixth of the tournament. Super score.
54 Chance for Argentina inside the NZ 22 - key lineout here. Ball is won and Matera spins out of the tackle. Penalised though for obstruction and New Zealand will clear their lines - good tackle by Nonu on Fernandez to slow down the momentum there.
52 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, CANE! 12-19: Very well-worked try by the world champions. Hore and Messam built the pressure in the Argentinian 22 after Cane's initial break, before the All Blacks come left. Nonu draws in the defenders and gives Cane enough room in the corner to dot down. New Zealand now have a seven-point lead.
49 Argentina throwing it wide through Albacete. Followed by a loose pass that flies into touch. NZ take a quick lineout and attack up the middle of the field, before winning the penalty on the halfway line.
47 All Blacks on the front foot after gathering the restart. Hernandez clears into touch with a banana kick but that's good territory for New Zealand inside the Argentinian half. Lineout taken by Read as Savea crashes up. Out the back of the hand from Cruden but his pass goes to ground - Imhoff hacking on. Cane scrambles back and then NZ clear.
45 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 12-14: The All Blacks hit straight back through a penalty from Cruden, straight down the middle.
43 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, BOSCH! 12-11: Mammoth strike from Bosch on the halfway line who easily clears the posts and the Pumas are back in the lead.
42 Multiple resets and Argentina have the penalty; Faumuina penalised straight after coming on. Long-range shot at goal lined up by Bosch.
40 Sanchez begins the second half. Only one change - Faumuina on for Franks. Straight out on the kickoff from Sanchez so NZ have the scrum.
Argentina 9-11 New Zealand
40 Hooter sounds as NZ look for some final points before half-time. Big defence on Dagg and the ball is out, but A.Smith recovers. Dagg kicks through but that flies into touch, so New Zealand lead by two points at the break. A real tussle with Argentina's set-piece thundering along, but New Zealand have the only try through Savea. Very wet conditions making possession tricky but this one could go either way. Second half coming up.
38 Another big hit from Argentina but they go early - free-kick to NZ. Cruden and A.Smith combine before Woodcock is driven back. Greasy ball for Hernandez who nearly gifts the All Blacks a try, before the Pumas knock on just outside their 22.
35 Long clearance kick from Sanchez alleviates the NZ pressure but the visitors keep the heat on, Bosch forced into touch so the All Blacks have a dangerous lineout. The ball goes long though from Hore and Matera clears up. Scrappy ball at the breakdown as NZ recover possession. Horrible pass from A.Smith and Cruden's clearance finds Hernandez. No room for Imhoff as the ball goes forward, NZ scrum.
33 NZ on the attack through Cruden as they first half begins to close out. Lost forward by Argentina and so the All Blacks have a scrum just on half-way.
30 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 9-11: The Pumas number ten lands his third kick of the night as Argentina cut the deficit to two.
28 High kick from Hernandez is lost forward by Savea, so Argentina have a scrum inside the NZ half. The hosts have lost their early momentum. That though is an excellent scrum, and they win the penalty.
26 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 11-6: Play back underway and Argentina are penalised for offside right under their own posts. Cruden scrappily hits it through and the visitors lead by five.
23 TRY, NEW ZEALAND, SAVEA! 8-6: Read is adjudged to be onside as Landajo's hands were on the ball when he broke, so the try is awarded to Savea! The All Blacks winger racks up his 15th try in his 16th Test by picking up the loose ball and outpacing everybody down the left wing. Someone in the crowd waves a laser over the ball to put Cruden off the conversion, which he duly misses, but he will get another shot. He misses again to the left, so the visitors lead by two.
21 Savea kicks into one of this own players so Argentina have a scrum for accidental offside. Huge scrum from the Pumas who go blind - Matera fending off a tackle. High kick from Sanchez ends up in the hands of Savea, who has sprinted away to score! Referee checking with the TMO for a knock-on after the kick, although there's a suspicion that Read was offside before the kick but that has not been checked...
18 A.Smith tries the box kick but is wrapped by Lobbe, NZ winning the scrum deep in their own half. Penalty to Argentina, Figallo winning the battle against Woodcock. Sanchez pulls the penalty attempt to the left, the Pumas still ahead by three.
17 Referee Jaco Peyper unhappy with Whitelock, who takes an Argentinian jumper out in the air. Penalty to the Pumas who find touch deep in NZ territory thanks to Hernandez. Great lineout once more and the ball goes wide to Amorosino who loses the ball forward. Lineout to the All Blacks.
16 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 6-3: Straight through from the fly-half as the hosts are back in front.
15 Dagg under pressure from the restart and his kick only just reaches the edge of the 22. Good position for Argentina, deep to Leguizamon. Argentina's maul rolls round the right but they win a penalty, Cane penalised. Sanchez to go for goal.
13 PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CRUDEN! 3-3: The Chiefs fly-half lands the kick from about 37 metres out, despite the jeers and whistles from the crowd. All square.
11 Argentina clear and then regather the replying kick from Dagg. Little space out wide and Imhoff's chip is taken by Smith onto Savea. NZ 40 metres out, big defence from the hosts. C.Smith cuts inside and the All Blacks have an advantage. Intercepted so we come back for the penalty, Cruden to go for goal.
10 Rushed clearance kick from Sanchez and NZ have a promising opportunity here with the lineout. Taken by Read off the top, Cruden looping round before his grubber beats Savea into touch. Smart move.
8 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 3-0: The fly-half lands the kick from out on the left-hand side to huge cheers from the home crowd. Argentina ahead.
7 Argentina coming left and Fernandez's chip is caught by Dagg who is bundled into touch. Quick lineout by the hosts, using the width of the pitch and breaching the 22. Penalty advantage against Hore and the Pumas opt for the posts.
5 Hernandez finds touch inside the NZ half. Box kick from A.Smith is gathered by Imhoff who breaks, but he has his ankle tapped by Nonu as he looks to kick through. Scrum to NZ, that looked threatening.
4 Lineout taken by Lobbe as Argentina maul, making big ground. Into the 22 - back to Sanchez whose drop goal is way too low. 22 to NZ.
2 Bosch's effort lands low and wide to the right, Cruden to drop out. Ball won by Argentina who attack in the NZ half. Sanchez kicks through but Savea gathers, Dagg's kick going into touch. Good lineout position for the hosts.
1 Savea bundles Guinazu away as the All Blacks start quickly. Fine turnover at the breakdown by Argentina and Marcelo Bosch, who has a long-range boot, will now go for goal from inside his own half.
Kick off Argentinian crowd on their feet for the Haka after a raucous anthem. Aaron Cruden of New Zealand to get us underway. Here we go!
Team news The heavens have well and truly opened in La Plata - a boost for the home side? Kick-off is coming up.
Team news All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has made two changes to his run-on side for Saturday's clash with Argentina in La Plata. Veteran hooker Andrew Hore replaces Dane Coles while fly-half Aaron Cruden comes in for Dan Carter who was injured in New Zealand's clash against South Africa in Auckland two weeks ago.
Team news Patricio Albacete is one of six changes to the Argentina team. Eusebio Guinazu replaces Agustin Creevy at hooker, Marcelo Bosch and Santiago Fernandez replace Felipe Contepomi and Gonzalo Tiesi. Martin Landajo starts ahead of Tomas Cubelli at scrum-half while Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino comes in for Horacio Agulla on the right wing.
Team news Hello and welcome to La Plata as New Zealand continue their quest for back-to-back Rugby Championship titles against Argentina.
Updates to appear here at 19:25 local (23:25 BST, 22:25 GMT)
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