After some Argy-bargy, All Blacks survive a Puma surprise

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    The All Blacks have secured a 17-point win over a gallant but outplayed Pumas outfit tonight in New Zealand.

    Argentina toiled hard and held a seven-point lead early in the second half.

    However, they failed to take advantage of a sin-bin to Beauden Barrett as the All Blacks raised their game and took control of the contest.

    Although the Pumas worked hard tonight, the fact remains that the All Blacks remain significantly superior given that they scored six tries to one.

    Missed conversion attempts from the All Blacks, coupled with penalty strikes from Argentina kept the Pumas close to New Zealand.

    Overall, another hard lesson for the Pumas, but a valuable one heading into next week’s contest against the Wallabies.

    The Pumas need to back themselves in good field position instead of opting for the penalty goal, particularly when Barrett was sin-binned during a period when the Pumas were right on the attack.

    Fifita was the standout performer for the All Blacks tonight. He always bent the line and scored a great second half try that halted the Pumas momentum.

    Alan Nicolea
    Alan Nicolea

    Alan is one of The Roar's longest serving live bloggers, covering football, tennis and rugby league.

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    • September 9th 2017 @ 7:34pm
      DavSA said | September 9th 2017 @ 7:34pm | ! Report

      Great effort Pumas . They have had by far and away the worst of the traveling at this point in the RC. Interesting Nick Malletts analysis that this All Black side is a lot ” looser” than we are used to.

      • September 9th 2017 @ 7:49pm
        Taylorman said | September 9th 2017 @ 7:49pm | ! Report

        Yeah agree with the loose thing. With Barrett and DMac on the field together, and with Savea starting I think that was inevitable. Sapoaga and Cane both brought a bit more structure when they came on.

        • September 10th 2017 @ 7:29am
          Coconut said | September 10th 2017 @ 7:29am | ! Report

          I am having second thoughts on Barrett and DMac playing on the field at the same time… they are both very similar types of player… and both have weaknesses. Sopoaga came on and made an immediate difference, I just hope Hansen and Co. arent playing favorites. Barrett/DMac should be playing at fullback and interchanging with each other, Sopoaga playing at 10 and that is that. We cannot afford to be leaving 6-9 points on the field every game, this is not acceptable no matter what.

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            September 10th 2017 @ 10:40am
            Paulo said | September 10th 2017 @ 10:40am | ! Report

            Agree with that Coconut, I was very pleased with BB card was up that they left Lima out there and pulled dmac instead. Was so much nicer having some confidence on those goals kicks. We are getting by at the moment leaving those points on the field, but when we get a game we cant over run (like the BIL Lions), missing those kicks will prove vital and we will be left wanting. Even if we leave BB at 10, but get someone else to kick.

          • September 11th 2017 @ 5:21am
            P2R2 said | September 11th 2017 @ 5:21am | ! Report

            …here is my fix for this problem….Barret to FB and DMac on the bench….Lima the starting No.10….easy fix…

        • September 10th 2017 @ 2:37pm
          cuw said | September 10th 2017 @ 2:37pm | ! Report

          surely the play once Sopoaga came in for Dagg and BB went to 15 and DMac went to wing must be an eye-opener for the coaches.

          BB is not the 10 in Carter , Cruden mould. he is more of a creator for himself.

          teams have worked out his grubbers, the chips over the top and the kicks to the wings. they are nolonger a surprise.

          just maybe they shud make BB the next 15 to take over from Smith and give Sopoaga and Mounga more of a go.

          i still think Dmac is not test class. it looks very nice with the razzle dazzle , but is tight test such play can be ur death.

          • September 10th 2017 @ 3:51pm
            Ben said | September 10th 2017 @ 3:51pm | ! Report

            Well CUW been waiting for you….you gave me such stick for daring to say Fifita would be an AB as you did not rate him.
            Funny how Hansen talks him up and then last night….
            I said to you about 2 years ago he would make it then told you again last year.
            Both times you scoffed at the thought…scoffed at me.
            Trouble for you was i had watched his development since being at Tamaki College and then into Mexteds IRANZ academy.
            Im ready for the apology after saying i dont really know much…..

    • September 9th 2017 @ 8:23pm
      Kane said | September 9th 2017 @ 8:23pm | ! Report

      How can 45m in front Ben outside foleys range???

      • September 10th 2017 @ 10:37am
        Shaun said | September 10th 2017 @ 10:37am | ! Report

        Wrong article? Don’t worry though mate, us kiwis know how you feel. At the moment 30m out in front is outside our range.

        • September 10th 2017 @ 2:38pm
          cuw said | September 10th 2017 @ 2:38pm | ! Report

          depends on the week i guess. atm BB kicks one week and is off next week.

          wont be surprised if he has 90% + success against saffas 🙂

          • September 11th 2017 @ 8:17am
            Shaun said | September 11th 2017 @ 8:17am | ! Report

            Hansen hit it on the head. Said when Barrett has an off night, he has a really off night. They need to catch that early and chuck LS on and Barrett to fullback where he can relax a bit.

          • September 11th 2017 @ 8:17am
            Shaun said | September 11th 2017 @ 8:17am | ! Report

            We are still not confident with any kicks that arent 20m straight in front though, even if he is nailing them.

    • September 9th 2017 @ 8:28pm
      Kane said | September 9th 2017 @ 8:28pm | ! Report

      Milestone for TAF actually his 100th concussion. Surprisingly this one was through no fault of his own.

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      September 10th 2017 @ 3:27am
      tsuru said | September 10th 2017 @ 3:27am | ! Report

      Sir, you seem to be little lost. Can we direct you to another article?

    • September 10th 2017 @ 4:42am
      Darwin Stubbie said | September 10th 2017 @ 4:42am | ! Report

      Barrett back to the bench … where he should always have been – bar filling in for injuries – over the last 18 months … he is great impact player and it worked last year for a brief period but what we’re getting now is the AB starting to resemble the Hurricanes chaos theory – with all their mistakes … revert back to a controlling 10 and that’s LS now that Cruden has left

      • September 11th 2017 @ 5:23am
        P2R2 said | September 11th 2017 @ 5:23am | ! Report

        I think people need to remember…that BB was a FB who was brought into No.10….he plays well from FB….Lima should be the starting No.10

        • September 11th 2017 @ 8:29am
          Jerry said | September 11th 2017 @ 8:29am | ! Report

          He was a 10 who was given time as a utility.

    • September 10th 2017 @ 4:53am
      mace22 said | September 10th 2017 @ 4:53am | ! Report

      Surprise! Really. The pumas have always given the All blacks a hard fight in this fixture since entering the RC. Then they fall away for the remaining matches, so wasn’t surprised about how hard the ABs had to fight for this comfortable win.

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