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As it happened: All Blacks v Argentina

By Alex Coogan-Reeves

Published: 11:49AM Sunday September 30, 2012 Source: ONE Sport

The All Blacks look to wrap up the Rugby Championship title in La Plata.  

Full-time All Blacks 54-15 Argentina
Cory Jane picks off an intercept and fends off the defence to pick up his hat-trick. Caps off a great game for him with a great try. Cruden converts and that's that. That was the All Blacks performance that we'd all been waiting for and they are the Rugby Championship winners! Sensational stuff.

65min All Blacks 47-15 Argentina
Stand-in Kieran Read must not be confident the win is in the bag, All Blacks awarded a penalty and puzzlingly he instructs Cruden to kick for goal. No problems for Cruden adding the three and they edge towards the 50.

59min All Blacks 44-15 Argentina
The changes don't change much in the All Blacks' play as Cruden puts Nonu into a hole and he runs 40 metres to score under the sticks. Cruden converts.

57min All Blacks 37-15 Argentina
Hansen is obviously confident the win is in the bag and empties the bench. Sam Cane for McCaw, Aaron Cruden for Dan Carter, Piri Weepu for Aaron Smith and Charlie Faumuina for Owen Franks. Mealamu already on for Hore by the way.

51min All Blacks 37-15 Argentina
Some great work from Savea gives Jane his second try. The All Blacks spread it wide, Savea bounced off a couple of defenders and put Jane into space to score on the left wing again. Carter's conversion doesn't cut enough and misses outside the left post.

48min All Blacks 32-15 Argentina
Great start to the half for the Pumas as they score first through Gonzalo Camacho. The All Blacks defended their line bravely for a long time, but eventually conceded a penalty and the Pumas tapped quickly alklowing the little winger to break through and score past Andrew Hore. Hernanadez converts and Argentine hopes are alive.

Half-time All Blacks 32-8 Argentina
Julian Savea is in for his sixth try in his fifth Test. His first was a fantastic individual effort, that was a classic team try. Just numbers and quick hands allowed the explosive winger to finish in the corner. That was the most complete half of rugby the All Blacks have produced since the third Test against Ireland in Hamilton. It has completely taken the La Plata crowd out of the contest.

35min All Blacks 25-8 Argentina
Carter tries to add another penalty from close to 50 metres out, but it doesn't have the legs.

31min All Blacks 25-8 Argentina
Fantastic effort by Julian Savea to score the All Blacks' third try. Nice chip and chase and then some lovely football skills sees him toe the ball over the line and win the foot race to dive on it. Carter's kick is away to the left, but the signs aren't good for Argentina at the minute.

28min All Blacks 20-8 Argentina
Carter negates that Hernandez effort with a stock standard penalty from straight in front.

26min All Blacks 17-8 Argentina
Argentina manage to slow down the All Blacks charge as Hernandez simply slots a penalty to bring up 100 Test points.

24min All Blacks 17-5 Argentina
The All Blacks are in again this time through Cory Jane. Pumas ill-discipline is killing them here as another penalty put the All Blacks in attacking position. Kieran Read made a great run and threw the one handed offload to Cory Jane who finished it in the left corner. Carter's conversion is a beauty. All Blacks rolling now.

20min All Blacks 10-5 Argentina
Carter makes a nice break up the field , but his ankles are just clipped. The Pumas infringe at the resulting breakdown and DC kicks a goal to extend the lead to five points.

16min All Blacks 7-5 Argentina
Nonu sets up Aaron Smith for a fantastic try. The ball came loose at the ruck after some illegal play from the Pumas. Nonu grabbed it and set off downfield through a massive hole, drew in the final defender and gave the pass to Smith who went in under the sticks. Carter converts.

11min All Blacks 0-5 Argentina
Marcelo Bosch tries a penalty from 58 metres out! He has the distance, but not the accuracy. All Blacks look to get back into the match.

7min All Blacks 0-5 Argentina
As they did in Wellington, Argentina have opened with an unconverted try. Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino starteed off on a dazzling run down field, swerving in and out of the All Blacks' defence. He is dragged down in the 22, but managed to get the pass away and Martin Landajo went over for the try. Hernandez can't convert. Fantastic start.

5min All Blacks 0-0 Argentina
Blood bin substitution for New Zealand as Luke Romano cops one on the nose. Replaced by Retallick. Argentina get on attack and Hernandez tries a dropgoal but it is away.


New Zealand are yet to lose a game in the Rugby Championship, but they're still to really hit their straps either and will be looking to do that in front of 50,000 raucous Argentine supporters.

The All Blacks have had a few scares in South America before, two tight wins in the 2000s as well as a 21-21 draw way back in 1985.

Los Pumas have proven their ability in front of a home crowd already this season with a draw that should have been a win against the Springboks.

However the All Blacks should have a bit more direction to their attack with Dan Carter back in the pivot and the backline will be hungry to rack up a few more tries than they have done so far.

Skipper Richie McCaw has shaken off an injury scare to start, but look for him to make way for Sam Cane at some stage in the second half if the All Blacks find themselves in front.

All Blacks: 15-Israel Dagg, 14-Cory Jane, 13-Conrad Smith, 12-Ma'a Nonu, 11-Julian Savea, 10-Daniel Carter, 9-Aaron Smith, 8-Kieran Read, 7-Richie McCaw (captain), 6-Liam Messam, 5-Sam Whitelock, 4-Luke Romano, 3-Owen Franks, 2-Andrew Hore, 1-Tony Woodcock.

Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Charlie Faumuina, Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith.

Argentina: 15-Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14-Gonzalo Camacho, 13-Marcelo Bosch, 12-Santiago Fernandez, 11-Horacio Agulla, 10-Juan Martin Hernandez, 9-Martin Landajo; 8-Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (c), 7-Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6-Julio Farias Cabello, 5-Patricio Albacete, 4-Manuel Carizza, 3-Juan Figallo, 2-Eusebio Guinazu, 1-Rodrigo Roncero.

Reserves: Agustin Creevy, Marcos Ayerza, Tomas Vallejos, Tomas Leonardi, Nicolas Vergallo, Martin Rodriguez, Juan Imhoff