The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Argentina stun All Blacks for first ever win over New Zealand

Argentina stun All Blacks for first ever win over New Zealand

RUGBY: A gutsy Argentina stunned the All Blacks 25-15 today (Nov 14) to pull off one of rugby’s biggest upsets, consigning an embarrassed New Zealand to their first back-to-back defeats in almost a decade.

Rugby
By AFP

Saturday 14 November 2020, 03:42PM


Argentina’s players and fans celebrate the famous victory in Sydney earlier today (Nov 14). Photo: AFP

Argentina’s players and fans celebrate the famous victory in Sydney earlier today (Nov 14). Photo: AFP

Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez scored all the Pumas’ points to hand them their maiden victory over the rugby powerhouse in the 30 Tests they have played.

Mario Ledesma’s side were given virtually no chance ahead of the Tri Nations match in Sydney after a coronavirus-hindered build up of only two low-key practice games.

But in their first Test since the World Cup last year, they pulled off a miracle.

It was a humiliating defeat for New Zealand who were shocked 24-22 by the Wallabies in Brisbane last week and have now lost back-to-back Tests for the first time since 2011 when they crashed to South Africa and Australia.

Coach Ian Foster axed 10 players and named what many regarded as the All Blacks’ best run-on side after last week’s game, but they were no match for a Pumas team helped by former Australian coach Michael Cheika.

Unlike Australia and New Zealand, Argentina did not have a Super Rugby competition to help them prepare. But after months of quarantine, they were chomping at the bit and took their frustrations out on a sloppy All Blacks in a dominant first-half.

With New Zealand struggling to create chances with poor kicking, ill-discipline and too many errors, they incredibly went to the break 16-3 in front.

New Zealand staged a second-half fightback, but with their eyes on a major upset, Argentina grimly resisted intense pressure to post their best-ever result.

Dangerman Sanchez

Argentina got the first points on the board in the fifth minute with Sanchez nailing a penalty from the half-way line after some push and shove instigated by New Zealand’s Shannon Frizell.

Thanyapura

It didn’t take long for Richie Mo’unga to level the scores but Argentina were playing well, stringing together plenty of phases.

Their pressure culminated in dangerman Sanchez crossing for the first try of the game, getting on the end of his own chip kick to touch down under the posts.

He converted to give his side an unlikely lead which they stretched to 13-3 when Sanchez drilled another penalty, with Jordie Barrett the offender.

Only a try-saving tackle from Aaron Smith prevented the Pumas going further in front after Tomas Cubelli broke free, but more All Blacks ill-discipline handed them another penalty which the laser-like Sanchez again put over.

It sent them to the break with a comfortable lead, leaving New Zealand with a major task to save their blushes.

That only got harder when the boot of the irrepressible Sanchez earned Argentina another three points soon after the restart.

With their reputation on the line, New Zealand finally woke up and skipper Sam Cane crashed over for their opening try on 52 minutes after a nicely worked rolling maul from a lineout.

Mo’unga converted only for Sanchez to move the Pumas back into a 12-point lead with another successful penalty.

New Zealand began applying heavy pressure and Caleb Clarke scored a late try, but the Argentinian defence had done enough to ensure a famous win.

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Vaccines key to revive real estate market in tourism provinces

Christy Sweet: im from CzechRepublic, but there are such cases in many countries. For instance Publi...(Read More)


Phuket marks four new COVID cases, as number of patients in care falls

But we had 0 cases also on Friday and just 1 on Thursday...(Read More)


Blame game begins over ‘vaccine chaos’

All government officials responsible for managing the Covid show have acted and behaved like childre...(Read More)


Ambulance driver, nurses escape serious injury in bypass accident

It doesn't matter what vehicle is being driven...van, taxi, police car, ambulance, cement truck,...(Read More)


Phuket businesses awarded SHA Plus certification

so basically all international hotels....forget about local runeed hotels were onwers might prefer s...(Read More)


Phuket property sector will take time to recover: experts

mr whicai seems to know the future or else whatever his projection are those numbers are all rubbish...(Read More)


Phuket Opinion: Silence is killing confidence

Thailand administration Has once again Angered and Insulted Local residents by Allowing influen...(Read More)


Local airlines in no rush to serve Phuket

Wondering how long in July international airlines keep flying on Phuket, as Phuket Officialdom is do...(Read More)


Vaccines key to revive real estate market in tourism provinces

But, but.......the last article you published said that the demand was there........(Read More)


Local airlines in no rush to serve Phuket

Meanwhile, in Phuket you need to be vaccinated, they force you to do a PCR test before boarding the ...(Read More)