Changed All Blacks look to wrap up title


Changed All Blacks look to wrap up title

New Zealand were a class above as they eased past Argentina 36-10 to cap a second successive Rugby Championship crown.

New Zealand trounced Argentina as they retained the Rugby Championship with two games to spare.

The Pumas will be heartened by their effort in New Plymouth and the return of several veterans, including backrower Juan Manuel Leguizamón and lock Tomas Lavanini will make them far more formidable.

The All Blacks dominated from the off, after Argentina failed to collect the kick-off, and they opened the scoring with an early penalty before Sonny Bill Williams and Waisake Naholo combined to put Read into space to dive over.

Read scored two tries and winger Waisake Naholo and full-back Damian McKenzie also went over as the visitors built a 29-3 lead by half-time.

The All Blacks took the field knowing they had already secured the title after South Africa and Australia played a 27-27 draw in Bloemfontein and blew their hosts away with four ties in a devastating first-half display. "We did a lot of things well - I thought we attacked well, we defended courageously at times".

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen felt his side learned important lessons in Saturday's 36-10 victory over Argentina.

"It was good for the less experienced boys in the team to sample playing in one of the toughest atmospheres in world rugby", said Read.

He did, however, vow that the Springboks would be better prepared for the clash against the world champions at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday after their 57-0 drubbing in Auckland last month.



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