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All Blacks Claim Victory As Wallabies Hold Off Argentina

Daniel Carter of New Zealand walks off injured

Rugby Championship

The Rugby Championship enjoyed a fiesty fourth round of fixtures with the physicality of South Africa’s performance and some dodgy refereeing decisions stealing the headlines from a tight affair in Australia.

New Zealand 29 – 15 South Africa

New Zealand were the most consistent team in this game and really established their lead in the first half.

An early try by New Zealander Kieran Read set the tone for a classic game of rugby, with the ever reliable Dan Carter making no mistake with the conversion. South Africa responded with a penalty by Morne Steyn. Shortly after Carter was injured due to a powerful tackle by Bismark Du Plessis, who was sin binned for this tackle.  There was some controversy over some refereeing decisions in this game but this was not one such incident.  New Zealand went on to score a second try as Brodie Retallick raced over the line to pull his team further in front. Beauden Barrett converted in Carter’s absence . Du Plessis returned to score the Springboks first try of the game , with Steyn duly converting . New Zealand’s Barrett put a penalty between the posts to give his side a half time lead of 17-10.  

South Africa failed to keep in touch with the All Blacks in the second half with Patrick Lambie’s late try a mere consolation.  The Springboks’ challenge wasn’t helped by the sending off of Du Plessis but hey failed to capitalise when New Zealand had two players sin binned. The All Blacks were comfortable winners at the end with further tries from by Read and Sam Cane easing them to victory. Barrett converted one of two attempts to give a final score of 29-15.

Australia 14 – 13 Argentina

Australia were lucky to come away with a victory in poor conditions down under in Perth, edging Argentina by a point and snapping a four game losing streak.

A try from Israel Folau and nine points from the boot of Christian Leali’ifano gave Ewen McKenzie his first victory as the Wallabies coach.

Argentina started brightest with a penalty by Nicolas Sanchez and it looked as though an upset could be on the cards.

Australia dominated territory on the pitch and could have scored more as Argentina will be delighted they only conceded one try in this game.  Australia remained composed throughout the first half and three penalties from Leali’ifano gave them a 14-3 lead at the break.  Argentina dominated the second half with a Juan Manuel Leguizamon try,  converted by Juan Martin Hernandez. Sanchez added a penalty to set up a tense finale but the Wallabies hung on to record a slender victory.

Image courtesy of TheGuardian.com

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