Rampant All Blacks outclass determined Argentina in game of two halves Buenos Aires

The All Blacks have surged to a gutsy 36-10 win over a dogged Argentina side in Buenos Aires.

New Zealand ran riot in the first half, scoring four tries and conceding none to rack up a 29-3 scoreline going into the break.

The second half however, was a different story, with Argentina holding firm scoring a try to keep the score at 29-10 going into the final few minutes.

Debutant David Havili broke the All Blacks' scoring drought, getting a try in his first appearance in the black jersey to seal the victory.

FULLTIME: All Blacks 36 Argentina 10 

TRY! The siren goes in the background as the All Blacks will have one final scrum before fulltime. The All Blacks drive from the scrum. Read finds Perenara who finds Havili to score on debut! What a moment for the rookie, the All Blacks finally break through in the second half.

Barrett with one last kick to end the match, and he's got it! Game over

79 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 10

Barrett kicks and the All Blacks will have another lineout. Taylor throws and again they drive. Savea has the ball at the back and the referee again calls advantage. The ball goes back to Havili who throws a loose pass before the referee goes back for another penalty.

78 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 10

All Blacks lineout, Taylor throws to Read and the drive's back. The referee has the arm out. The ball goes wide to McKenzie under advantage, but the fullback throws the ball out into touch before play goes back to the penalty.

75 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 10

Hernandez kicks straight to McKenzie, who passes to Havili who makes a break with his first All Blacks touch! He gets the ball to Naholo who fires wide to Laumape who can't stay in, tackled over the sideline.

74 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 10

Argentina steal the All Blacks' lineout. Hernandez gets rid of the ball for a New Zealand lineout.

71 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 10

After a rapid start, the All Blacks have been shocking for the last hour of this match. Handling errors and sloppy penalties have meant that Argentina have been able to keep the men in black out for the entire second half. 

Scrum to Argentina after Rieko Ioane drops the ball. David Havili now on the field for his first Test appearance.

69 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 10

Naholo throws the ball away looking for McKenzie as Argentina get out of trouble again. Hernandez kicks into touch - All Blacks lineout.

68 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 10

Yellow card! Yet another penalty against Argentina. It's against Herrera who's shown a yellow! Three repeat infringements from the Pumas' prop. The All Blacks with the numerical advantage now.

67 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 10

Another penalty against Argentina at the scrum. Herrera the culprit. Barrett kicks and the ball goes dead! A shocking mistake there.

It'll be an Argentinian scrum to get things going again.

65 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 10

Another All Blacks lineout and Scott Barrett claims it. Heavy pressure on defence now! Laumape finds Fifita who charges at the line before getting a nasty knock to the shoulder! Argentina clear the ball, and Fifita is staying down. 

The referee stops play as Fifita returns to his feet. The All Blacks kept scoreless in the second half so far. Another All Blacks lineout.

62 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 10

The All Blacks moving the ball! Good hands from Scott Barrett to Crockett! The ball goes wide and Codie Taylor somehow gets a pass back inside to Naholo! The winger goes over for his second of the match! 

Or has he?! Was the pass to Taylor forward? Yes it was. No try the decision. Scrum to Argentina as Kieran Read comes back on. 

61 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 10

Codie Taylor throws for the All Blacks, and here comes the lineout drive! Perenara gets the ball from the back and kicks through for Ioane but there's too much on the kick and it goes into touch.

57 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 10

Brilliant from McKenzie! The fullback claims a high ball before getting the pass away to Ioane. The winger goes down before the All Blacks spread the ball wide. Scott Barrett offloads to Tu'ungafasi but Argentina turn the ball over! Landajo clears and the All Blacks will have a lineout in the Pumas' territory.

55 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 10

The Pumas attack! Sanchez puts a kick up out to McKenzie who does brilliantly to claim it under pressure two-on-one. Romano with a huge hit on Landajo. Argentina are over and claiming a try. The referee wants to check upstairs. 

The try is given! Leguizamon the man to break the All Blacks' defence. Sanchez lines up the kick and he's got it! Argentina not going down without a fight.

53 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

Argentina still attacking the line. Herrera drops the ball and the All Blacks pounce! The ball goes back to Barrett who clears into touch. This is resolute defence from the All Blacks here! 

51 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

Yellow card! Todd is penalised for an early tackle and Argentina take the tap quickly! They run at the All Blacks' line. Kieran Read is penalised now for a nasty high tackle! The referee wants to check with the TMO. That's a nasty tackle from the All Blacks' skipper. This could be red. 

It's only going to be a yellow and the skipper is very lucky. His forearm connected with the head and the All Blacks' captain is now in the bin.

49 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

Creevy throws and Argentina drive! Referee has the arm out for Argentina! The All Blacks give away another penalty, Matt Todd, just back onto the field, the culprit. Argentina opt for yet another lineout.

Argentina throw again and Matera goes at the line. Luke Romano comes out of nowhere to drive him into touch. Phenomenal defence from the All Blacks here!

47 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

Argentina throw and run the ball. Orlando and Tuculet exchange passes. Argentina moving the ball with urgency here. McKenzie makes a brilliant try saving tackle. Coles manages to turn the ball over and it's the All Blacks' turn to attack! 

Hold on, they give away a penalty and Argentina opt for the lineout right on the tryline.

45 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

The All Blacks have a scrum, Smith jabs a kick through for Ioane but Tuculet cleans up, before knocking the ball on under pressure from the chasers. Another scrum from the All Blacks as Argentina make changes in the front row. Herrera on for Chaparro. 

Smith feeds again, Ioane tries to step through but is tackled. Lienert-Brown gets the ball and the All Blacks go wide. Fifita has the ball out on the wing and tries to leap over the defender before being tackled into touch. Lineout for Argentina.

41 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

Both sides back out on the park for the second spell. Can the All Blacks keep up their first half attacking blitz? Or will we see a different performance from Argentina with New Zealand down to 14 men? Nicolas Sanches gets the second half up and running.

HALFTIME: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

Another scrum on the All Blacks' line. The referee calls for a reset the halftime siren goes in the background, this'll be the last play before the break.

The referee brings the two hookers together, some real issues at the scrum here. Another attempt at this scrum and the All Blacks win the penalty this time! Kane Hames the hero! Argentina throw away their best opportunity.

Barrett kicks into touch to bring the half to an end.

38 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

Argentina win the lineout and drive at the line. Creevy with the ball but he's lost it! The referee blows for another penalty against the All Blacks and Argentina with another lineout.

Yellow card! They drive again and everyone's in for the Pumas, the All Blacks give away another penalty and stops play, the All Blacks could be down to 14 here. Todd is shown yellow for collapsing, another harsh decision from this ref.

37 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

Argentina win their own scrum and attack. The forwards are doing the grunt work to move the ball upfield. The referee has the arm out again, Sonny Bill the offender for hands in the ruck and Sanchez puts a brilliant kick into the corner. Great chance for Argentina to get some pride back before halftime.

34 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

Tomas Cubelli leaves the field for a concussion test, Landajo his replacement. Argentina again try to run the ball, but get nowhere quickly. The referee has the arm out for an All Blacks knock-on, before going back for the advantage.

33 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

Argentina in a good position after winning their own scrum, before losing position and McKenzie tries to start the counter attack! He kicks and the ball goes out of play. Lavanini returns to the field.

31 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

The All Blacks attacking again! Barrett kicks high and wide out to Ioane, but de la Fuente does brilliantly to claim the ball in the air! He calls for the mark as Argentina earn a bit of respite.

30 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

Sonny Bill is absolutely smashed by Moroni! Rieko Ioane runs in to help, getting into a bit of pushing and shoving with his opposite. Argentina in real danger of losing their composure here. The referee has to talk to both captains to try and calm the situation.

28 mins: All Blacks 29 Argentina 3

TRY! The All Blacks score from nothing! McKenzie is set free by Barrett and Argentina can't catch him! He draws in the last defender before getting the pass back inside to Read, who crosses over for his second try of the match! This is incredile from the All Blacks right now!

Barrett with a kick from the left now, and he's got it!

26 mins: All Blacks 22 Argentina 3

The Pumas win a penalty this time! Great work from Argentina at the breakdown sees the All Blacks done for not releasing. Argentina playing with some serious fire since being reduced to 14.

Argentina win their own lineout, but are forced over the sideline by some thumping All Blacks defence.

25 mins: All Blacks 22 Argentina 3

Yet another penalty against Argentina - the sixth of the match so far - and the All Blacks opt for the lineout. Coles throws and Read can't haul it in. Argentina try and run the ball out of danger before kicking. All Blacks lineout.

23 mins: All Blacks 22 Argentina 3

Yellow card Penalty against Argentina, this time for a high tackle on Sonny Bill Williams. The referee checks upstairs to see if the tackle was legal it looks ok from the replays - but the referee sends Lavanini to the bin! That's very harsh! Argentina in real trouble now.

21 mins: All Blacks 22 Argentina 3

TRY! Another scrum for the All Blacks after another penalty against Argentina. Smith feeds and Sonny Bill hits the line hard. Barrett makes a break before a brilliant offload to Naholo! What a pass and Naholo is through! The winger goes over in the corner and the winger holds off the defenders to score under the posts! The All Blacks are on fire here!

Barrett makes the conversion, All Blacks' lead starting to swell here!

18 mins: All Blacks 15 Argentina 3

TRY! Another scrum for the All Blacks, Smith feeds and the here comes the drive! Argentina give away another penalty and McKenzie takes it quickly and scores! Brilliant from the fullback to attack from the penalty!

Barrett makes no mistake with the kick and the All Blacks lead now 12.

16 mins: All Blacks 8 Argentina 3

The All Blacks opt for a scrum, Ioane stands at first receiver. Smith goes on the blindside to Barrett, he's tackled. Williams has a go at the line and the referee has the arm out! Barrett tries a kick but is blocked by the Pumas, the referee goes back for the penalty.

14 mins: All Blacks 8 Argentina 3

Argentina penalised again, this time for not rolling away. Barrett hammers the ball downfield for a lineout on the 10m line. Coles throws and Read wins, the All Blacks drive. They fire the ball wide and Ioane has a crack at the line! Smith recycles before finding Ioane again, Argentina try and turn the ball over on the ground but give away a penalty!

11 mins: All Blacks 8 Argentina 3

Sanchez kicks over the top in All Blacks territory and the ball goes out for a lineout. Read wins the throw, the All Blacks look to work the ball upfield but Argentina win the turnover! The Pumas attack the All Blacks line but Naholo makes a great covering tackle on the wing to force a lineout! The All Blacks win a free kick and Barrett pumps the ball downfield 

7 mins: All Blacks 8 Argentina 3

TRY! The All Blacks attacking now, Naholo is put through by McKenzie and gets the pass away to Kieran Read! The skipper goes over in the corner for the opening try of the match! What a start to the game! 

Barrett with his second kick of the match, and he's pushed it away to the left, All Blacks ahead by five.

5 mins: All Blacks 3 Argentina 3

Romano spills the kick off and Argentina attack! The All Blacks give away a penalty and Argentina opt to have a shot. Sanchez makes it look easy and it's all square once again.

4 mins: All Blacks 3 Argentina 0

The All Blacks attack from the scrum, seeing a classic eight-nine play between Read and Smith. Smith finds McKenzie who spills the ball! Argentina clear the ball and the All Blacks will have a lineout. Argentina give away a penalty after Smith is tackled without the ball. Barrett will have a shot at goal.

Right in front of the posts, and he's nailed it! All Blacks take the early lead.

1 min: All Blacks 0 Argentina 0

Straight away Argentina under pressure! Barrett's deep kick sees Argentina try to run the ball from out of their own half, getting swamped on defence. Sanchez tries to clear but is caught out, the All Blacks have a scrum.


Beauden Barrett gets us underway in Buenos Aires!


Both anthems done and dusted. Time for the haka! Kapa o pango for Argentina as the Buenos Aires crowd stay silent, paying the All Blacks respect. Kick off just moments away!


The All Blacks are the first out of the tunnell, given a warm welcome by the Buenos Aires crowd. Argentina making them wait for now, before emerging onto the field. A huge roar from the crowd as the home team emerge. Both sides lining up for the anthems.


Thunderstorms were forecast, but it's nigh on perfect conditions. Both teams back in the sheds going through their final preparations.


It's a beautiful night in Buenos Aires, we're all set for a cracker of a match between the All Blacks, and Los Pumas.


The All Blacks head into this Rugby Championship encounter with the 2017 trophy all secure, following the 27-all draw between the Springboks and Australia earlier today.

Coach Steve Hansen has made six changes for this match, leaving big names such as Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Sam Cane, Liam Squire and Ryan Crotty at home.

In their place, the duo of Scott Barrett and Luke Romano will start in the second row, while the exciting Vaea Fifita is handed a start on the blindside of the scrum, Matt Todd returns to the fold in the number seven jersey.

On the bench, Crusaders fullback David Havili has been named to make his Test debut, after a stellar season that saw him become a Super Rugby champion for the first time.

Argentina meanwhile, head into this match still searching for an elusive first Test win over New Zealand, heartened at their impressive showing in New Plymouth earlier this year that saw the All Blacks eventually take a gutsy 39-22 win at Yarrow Stadium.

All Blacks: 1. Kane Hames, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Luke Romano, 5. Scott Barrett, 6. Vaea Fifita, 7. Matt Todd 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. Aaron Smith, 10. Beauden Barrett, 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Waisake Naholo, 15. Damian McKenzie.

Reserves: 16. Codie Taylor, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 19. Patrick Tuipulotu, 20. Ardie Savea, 21. TJ Perenara, 22. Ngani Laumape, 23. David Havili.

Argentina: 15. Joaquin Tuculet, 14. Matias Moroni, 13. Matias Orlando, 12. Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11. Emiliano Boffelli, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 9. Tomas Cubelli, 8. Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 7. Tomas Lezana, 6. Pablo Matera, 5. Tomas Lavanini, 4. Guido Petti, 3. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2. Agustin Creevy (c), 1. Lucas Noguera

Reserves: 16. Julian Montoya, 17. Santiago Garcia Botta, 18. Ramiro Herrera, 19. Marcos Kremer, 20. Javier Ortega Desio, 21. Martin Landajo, 22. Juan Martin Hernandez, 23. Santiago Cordero.


'I will be joining an elite Test team' - John Mitchell confirmed as new England defence coach

Former New Zealand head coach John Mitchell will be joining Eddie Jones' staff as England's defence coach until the end of next year's Rugby World Cup in Japan.

Mitchell will leave his role of Executive of Rugby for South African Super Rugby side the Bulls and join up with former Wallabies boss Jones this month to help prepare for their upcoming run of internationals, including a clash against Australia on November 24 at Twickenham.

The 54-year-old replaces Paul Gustard, who took over as head coach of English premiership side Harlequins this season.

"This is an exciting opportunity to work with England Rugby and support Eddie Jones as head coach," Mitchell said.

"I will be joining an elite high-performance programme, test team and coaching group where I will use all my experience and focus to bring the necessary clarity and confidence to the players from a defensive perspective."

England's defence has come under intense scrutiny after a poor run of form in 2018 that has included five defeats in eight internationals.

Three of those losses came in the Six Nations as the defending champions finished a dismal fifth, and criticism has mounted in the wake of their 2-1 series defeat in South Africa.

The hope is that Mitchell's experience will aid an upturn in form. The New Zealander previously served as forwards coach to Clive Woodward when the latter was in charge of England between 1997 and 2000.

As head coach of the All Blacks, he won 23 of 28 tests and led the team to a third-place finish at the 2003 Rugby World Cup and consecutive Tri-Nations titles.

"Defence is a key pillar of our game and John is an experienced coach," said Australian Jones.

"He's coached the All Blacks, USA Rugby and a number of Super Rugby sides so he will bring a wealth of experience and add to the coaching mix we have here."


'It's a great opportunity' - Canterbury law student dabbles in new NZ Rugby initiative, Ignite Sevens

Canterbury sevens player Grace Steinmetz only played the game last year in December and is now having a crack at making the national women’s team.

New Zealand Rugby has started a new initiative Ignite 7 which sees 48 female and 48 male athletes take part in a four day event on November 21.

Players will go through a field of testing before playing in a televised one day tournament to earmark new talent.

"Hadn't played rugby or sevens before, so come from a touch and hockey background," said Steinmetz.

The 20-year-old law student hopes to one day wear the Black Ferns women jumper as she tries out her hand in the Ignite 7 tournament.

"It is something I would love to do one day, I think it's a great opportunity for sevens now girls, it's professional and it can be your job now," she said.

"I don't have to worry about my law degree, like I can just go and train and be a professional athlete which is definitely a goal of mine."

Coming from a touch and hockey background Grace Steinmetz admits she is still getting used to contact. Source: 1 NEWS



Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup tickets to go on sale, All Blacks fans urged to get in quick

All Blacks fans are urged to get in quick if they are to secure seats at the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, with officials warning tickets will sell out fast one year out from the tournament.

All Blacks captain Richie McCaw holds aloft the William Webb Ellis Cup after winning Rugby World Cup Final. New Zealand All Blacks v Australia Wallabies, Twickenham Stadium, London, England. Saturday 31 October 2015. Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz
All Blacks captain Richie McCaw holds aloft the William Webb Ellis Cup after winning Rugby World Cup Final. Source: Photosport

Half a million tickets have already been pre-sold with tickets set to be open for sale to the public at 1pm today (NZ time).

Head of the Rugby World Cup Alan Gilpin believes there will be an "unprecedented demand" for tickets which involves the home team, Japan's Brave Blossoms and the top tier nations.

"All the matches involving Japan, definitely all the matches involving New Zealand... England, Australia are experiencing high demand and we would expect they will be sold out very quickly," said Gilpin.

The All Blacks begin their title defence against the Springboks in Yokohama, the evening after the tournament opener between Japan and Russia in Tokyo on September 20, 2019.

Adult ticket prices are expected to range from ¥10,000 - ¥40,000 (NZD $136-$544) while tickets to the final on November 2 to cost anywhere between ¥25,000 - ¥100,000 (NZD $340-$1361).

"When you bring Rugby World Cup to a place like Japan, you hope that people will get behind it and the demand will be there – and it really has been," said Gilpin.

"It's a fantastic story for the event and a good message of confidence for the organising committee."

Most read: Meet the Kiwi farmer who went from being a Black Fern to becoming the first female to ref a men's first-class game

This story was first published on Tuesday September 18

Rebecca Mahoney says the milestone isn’t about gender – it’s about hard work and a bit of training. Source: 1 NEWS | Sky

Former Black Fern Rebecca Mahoney may have made history when she became the first woman to referee a men’s first-class rugby match last weekend, but she’s shaking off the milestone.

"It's not about who you are or where you're from or what your gender is, it's just hard work and a bit of training."

The 35-year-old has been around rugby most of her life, having won two World Cups before trading in her No.10 jersey for the whistle.

That experience came in handy on Saturday in Te Aroha when she officiated her first Mitre 10 Heartland Championship game between King Country and Thames Valley.

"To see women ref out there, there's no problems," Thames Valley captain Alex Bradley said after the game.

"They take control - probably better than some of the men."

But it’s not just her experience from the game that helps her.

Mahoney says farm life in Eketahuna plays an important role too.

"I'm extremely challenged to hit a standard that most of the boys can hit quite easily, and that's not going to change - genetics aren’t going to change that," she said.

"It’s just a lot of hard work that's going to have to go into it."

History shows the rural lifestyle has gone hand in hand with rugby's greatest figures – take Sir Colin Meads as a prime example.

Women have officiated men in Tests between developing nations but nothing close to the intensity of first-class New Zealand domestic rugby.

While Mahoney doesn’t think she’ll ever officiate the All Blacks, she’s happy knowing the path is a little bit closer.