Rugby Championship: New Zealand keep prime after bonus-point win over Argentina

Beauden Barrett on the charge for the All Blacks
Beauden Barrett finds his approach via the defence
New Zealand (22) 39
Tries: Ioane, Reece, Papalii, Jacobson 2 Cons B Barrett, J Barrett 3 Pens B Barrett, J Barrett
Argentina (0) 0

New Zealand thrashed Argentina to safe their third bonus-point win in as many matches and keep prime of the Rugby Championship desk.

The All Blacks, who had been lacking a variety of key gamers, ran in 5 tries in opposition to their decided opponents.

Rieko Ioane, a last-minute alternative for the injured Anton Lienert-Brown, opened the scoring.

Sevu Reece, Dalton Papalii and a Luke Jacobson double sealed the win.

The match on Australia’s Gold Coast is the primary a part of a double-header, with Australia in opposition to South Africa to observe.

Though New Zealand had practically 70% possession for a lot of the first half, they solely led 7-0 after half-hour due to some decided Argentina defence.

However they scored twice within the closing phases of the primary half to guide 22-0 on the break after Pablo Matera, one in all Argentina’s handiest tacklers, was despatched to the sin bin by referee Nic Berry following warnings about repeated infringements.

With Matera nonetheless off the sector initially of the second half, Beauden Barrett stepped round three tacklers earlier than flicking a one-handed go to Jacobson for a fourth strive.

Jacobson scored his second after alternative prop Carlos Muzzio was yellow carded as Argentina once more suffered disciplinary issues.


New Zealand: J. Barrett, Reece, R. Ioane, Havili, Bridge, B. Barrett, Perenara, Tuinukuafe, Aumua, Laulala, Retallick, S. Barrett, A. Ioane, Papali’i, Jacobson.

Replacements: Taukeiaho, Moody, Lomax, Vaa’i, Blackadder, Weber, McKenzie, Tupaea.

Argentina: Mallia, Delguy, Moroni, de la Fuente, Carreras, Sanchez, Bertranou, Gigena, Montoya, Medrano, Petti, Alemanno, Matera, Kremer, Bruni.

Replacements: Bosch, Muzzio, Pieretto, Lavanini, Gonzalez,Garcia, Chocobares, Boffelli.

Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)

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