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Argentina vs All Blacks: Rugby Championship match result, highlights

20th July, 2019
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N. Sanchez47
E. Boffelli46
39B. Barrett
38B. Retallick
36B. Barrett
22B. Barrett
N. Sanchez20
18B. Barrett
17N. Laumape
E. Boffelli6
N. Sanchez1

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Match result:

The All Blacks have beaten Argentina by 20 to 16 in a thrilling game in Buenos Aires that saw the Kiwi side unable to score a single point in the second half as they held out a relentless Puma side.

The Pumas will be bitterly disappointed with this result – they had so much possession and territory in that second half but just couldn’t convert it into the points they needed.

They were 11 points behind at half time but fought back quickly in the second half with a good try but just couldn’t go the whole way.

Both sides struggled with errors and neither really found a proper rhythm for extended periods. But the Pumas showed that their previous poor results should be forgotten and they are going to be a force to reckon with.

Their defence was brutal at times and if they’d backed themselves a bit more with ball in hand they could have won this one.

The All Blacks will have wanted to win by more but they won’t be disappointed. This wasn’t their ideal starting line up but those who came in did well in several points.

It will be frustrating that they weren’t more accurate at times but their defence was impressive and they absorbed a lot of pressure at times.

Arguably both coaches will be happy with their team’s performance here and both the Springboks and the Wallabies will have been watching with some concern.


Initial questions over how well Nicolás Sánchez would slot into this Jaguares team were dispelled and the fly-half played a very good game.

The coach might want him to run more with the ball in hand next week but he’s made this side better without a doubt.

Final score
Argentina 16
All Blacks 20

Match preview:

Argentina will welcome the All Blacks into the cauldron of Jose Amalfitani Stadium in the opening round of The Rugby Championship on Sunday morning as both sides look to get their roads to the World Cup off to good starts.

Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of what promises to be a thrilling match starting from 4am AEST on Sunday.

There’s a lot of intrigue about both sides in this match with their own compelling storylines. For the Pumas there is the expectation that they can further build on the great season the Jaguares had in Super Rugby this year.

Coach Mario Ledesma has built his side around this success with 13 of the Jags who started the Super Rugby Final against the Crusaders recently.


The only changes see two men from European clubs – Nicolás Sánchez at fly half and Juan Figallo at prop – which means so many of the partnerships and combinations within the team will have had an entire season to develop.

This will be critical if the Pumas hope to get their first win over the All Blacks in their 33 clashes and the home crowd will look to do their part – plenty of visiting teams have found the Jose Amalfitani Stadium to be a tough place to play in and the vocal local support will be out in force on Sunday.

For the All Blacks Steve Hansen has said that he’s comfortable taking some risks on selections. He’s left all of his usual Crusaders back at home to continue to rest after their long, successful season and offered a number of players a chance to state their case for a ticket to Japan.

Don’t mistake the fewer number of caps with a lack of ability though. There is talent all over this All Blacks outfit.

There are some exciting head to heads to keep an eye on especially up front. In broad terms the battle of the packs will be crucial.

The Jags scrum was surprisingly weak in the latter part of the Super Rugby season and the All Blacks will look to dominate from the kick off at the set piece.

More specifically it’s going to be thrilling to see how Pablo Matera goes against the likes of Sam Cane and Vaea Fifita.

Matera was awesome this past season and gave the Jags so much in both defence and attack. For the Pumas to win they need him to win the battle of the breakdown and the advantage line.


Rugby fans all over are looking to see if the Pumas can build on the Jaguares success. If they can then they really could put the All Blacks under pressure.

If the crowd then get involved and the Pumas take their chances then who knows? But in the cold light of day, the Kiwis will likely just have too much class and accuracy when it counts.

All Blacks by 12.

Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of what promises to be a thrilling match starting from 4am AEST on Sunday.

Where: Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires
Date: Sunday 21st July 2019
Kickoff: 4am AEST
TV: Foxsports
Betting: Argentina – $5, New Zealand – $1.17

15 Emiliano Boffelli
14 Matías Moroni
13 Matías Orlando
12 Jerónimo de la Fuente
11 Ramiro Moyano
10 Nicolás Sánchez
9 Tomás Cubelli
8 Javier Ortega Desio
7 Marcos Kremer
6 Pablo Matera (c)
5 Tomás Lavanini
4 Guido Petti
3 Juan Figallo
2 Agustín Creevy
1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

16 Julián Montoya
17 Mayco Vivas
18 Santiago Medrano
19 Matías Alemanno
20 Tomás Lezana
21 Felipe Ezcurra
22 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla
23 Joaquín Tuculet

New Zealand
15 Ben Smith
14 Sevu Reece
13 Anton Lienert-Brown
12 Ngani Laumape
11 Jordie Barrett
10 Beauden Barrett
9 Aaron Smith
8 Ardie Savea
7 Sam Cane (c)
6 Vaea Fifita
5 Patrick Tuipulotu
4 Brodie Retallick
3 Angus Ta’avao
2 Dane Coles
1 Ofa Tuungafasi


16 Liam Coltman
17 Atu Moli
18 Nepo Laulala
19 Jackson Hemopo
20 Luke Jacobson
21 Brad Weber
22 Josh Ioane
23 Braydon Ennor

Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace, Alexandre Ruiz
TMO: Graham Hughes

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All time
Played 32
New Zealand won 31
Argentina won 0
Drawn 1

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