New Zea­land win Rugby Cham­pi­onship

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New Zea­land won the Rugby Cham­pi­onship for the sixth time with a 35-17 win over Ar­gentina in Buenos Aires. Vic­tory gave the All Blacks an un­sur­pass­able seven-point lead over South Africa with one game to play. A shock 36 34 win in Welling­ton this month had given South Africa hope that they could over­take New Zea­land and win the com­pe­ti­tion for the irst time. But they failed to se­cure a bonus point in a 23 12 win over Aus­tralia in Port El­iz­a­beth ear­lier on Sat­ur­day. That re­sult left the All Blacks need­ing a win to se­cure the ti­tle, and they outscored Ar­gentina by ive tries to two to col­lect a bonus point as well. The world cham­pi­ons were miss­ing sev­eral reg­u­lars in Buenos Aires, par­tic­u­larly in the pack, but it made lit­tle dif­fer­ence as they re­cov­ered from a shaky irst ive min­utes to dom­i­nate a team who have still to record a win against them in 28 games. "I don't know if we're the in­ished prod­uct yet. They are a young team that were out there for large parts of tonight so it was pretty pleas­ing," said New Zea­land coach Steve Hansen. New Zea­land went be­hind to a Nico­las Sanchez penalty af­ter just ive min­utes but Rieko Ioane put the vis­i­tors ahead two min­utes later. Waisake Na­holo went over on 16 min­utes, Ioane scored the All Blacks' third - his 20th in 19 games - 11 min­utes be­fore half-time and Beau­den Bar­rett put away all three con­ver­sions as Ar­gentina's han­dling er­rors con­trib­uted to a 21 3 de icit at the break. Sonny Bill Wil­liams was given a yel­low card four min­utes be­fore half-time but the home side could not take ad­van­tage. Both teams scored two tries dur­ing the se­cond half with Pa­trick Tuip­u­lotu and An­ton Lienertbrown cross­ing for New Zea­land and Bar­rett and Richie Mo'unga con­vert­ing. To­mas Cubelli and Emil­iano Bof­felli were the Ar­gen­tine scor­ers and Sanchez added the con­ver­sions. "They're the best in the world," said Cubelli. "We weren't the team that we can be."


WIN New Zea­land All Blacks play­ers pose with the tro­phy..

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