All Blacks too strong for Argentina
New Zealand moved 11 points clear in the Rugby Championship after they beat Argentina 36-10 at Estadio Vélez Sarsfield. With the 2017 title already secured because of South Africa and Australia drawing 27-27 in Bloemfontein, the All Blacks were under little pressure for their win.
The victory came after a very strong start and illustration of All Black power play with a brace of tries from number eight Kieran Read, full-back Damian McKenzie and wing Waisake Naholo. On his debut David Havili also crossed the whitewash in the game’s final play.
But as much as it highlighted New Zealand strength, so too did the Championship show Argentina woes. In reply to the All Blacks five tries, Argentina’s lone try scorer was Juan Manuel Leguizamón as their poor Rugby Championship campaign reads five losses from five matches. Three yellow cards were shown in the match, two for Argentina and one for New Zealand. Leinster’s win over Edinburgh on Friday allowed coach Leo Cullen a sigh of relief after finishing what was a difficult three week run of matches. Having spent two weeks in South Africa, some of his Leinster players did not get back to Ireland until last Monday and were unable to train until Wednesday. As the side prepares for their derby game against all conquering Munster this week in Aviva Stadium, Cullen will have all of his healthy players together in a group for the first time in three weeks.