Argentina have stunned the All Blacks by beating the three-time world champions for the first time on New Zealand soil.
The Pumas achieved their first-ever win over New Zealand just two years ago in another Rugby Championship match in Sydney and Saturday’s victory was from the same mold with magnificent defence backed up by iron discipline.
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The All Blacks will be desperate to bounce back from last week’s disaster!
The All Blacks coach Ian Foster said his team needed to be better at keeping their composure late in matches after they lost to Argentina on home soil for the first time in Christchurch. Traditionally strong finishers, New Zealand looked to have the game in the bag when Richie Mo’unga gave them an 18-12 lead eight minutes into the second half, only for the Pumas to turn over the restart and score a try on their way to a 25-18 win.
New Zealand v Argentina (FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton) 8.05am on Saturday, September 3 – Sky Sports
Australia vs South Africa (Allianz Stadium, Sydney) 10.35am on Saturday, September 3 – Sky Sports
The All Blacks home fixtures in the Lipovitan-D Rugby Championship feature two Tests against Argentina in Christchurch and Hamilton, and a Bledisloe Cup Test against Australia at Eden Park in Auckland on 24 September.
The Pumas return to New Zealand for first time since 2018, with Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch hosting the first Test on 27 August, and FMG Stadium Waikato hosting the second Test on 3 September.