The second Rugby Championship history was again for New Zealand, which with six consecutive wins extended its record to 12 consecutive victories, since the start of the four nations tournament a year ago.
The All Blacks added 28 units, product of four wins with offensive bonus and two without the bonus, that is, with four points. The Springboks were runners-up, beating Australia and Argentina in both games, while the Wallabies only beat Los Pumas in both games, a team that finished without points and with the worst production of all editions of the competition. This led to the resignation of coach Santiago Phelan at the end of the tournament.
The first date it was prolific, since between both parties 162 goals were converted. The All Blacks thrashed as visitors in Australia, 47-29 (76) and the Springboks overwhelmed Los Pumas, beating them by a difference of sixty points, 73-13 (86).
In Sydney it was the opening of the tournament and the men in black left no doubts, with three tries from Ben Smith and the remaining ones from Aaron Cruden, Richie McCaw and Conrad Smith. Cruden also contributed three penalties and three conversions, while a young Beauden Barrett completed the result with the conversion of the last try.
The premiere for Los Pumas in Johannesburg was tremendous. Already in the first half they lost by 26 to 6. But the second stage was even worse. There were nine tries in his own ingoal, and 28 points by Morné Steyn (four penalties and eight conversions) in the best mark up to that moment, then surpassed by Barrett in 2018 and Pollard in 2019. The Pumas could not win a single match in the contest On the second date they fell back to South Africa, but 22 to 17, at the Malvinas Argentinas Stadium in Mendoza. In the tour of the Pacific they fell 28 to 13 in Hamilton, against New Zealand, and by the minimum difference; 14-13 in Perth, against the Wallabies.
Meanwhile in Argentina, Los Pumas lost to the All Blacks, 33-15, at the Ciudad de La Plata Stadium, and at the end of the tournament in Rosario they were beaten 54-17 against the Wallabies.
Santiago Phelan’s team he finished with a meager harvest of six defeats, with just 88 goals and seven tries. On the contrary, they received 224 points and a whopping 25 tries against.
The scorers’ podium It was led by the South African Morné Steyn, with 88 goals; product of 17 conversions and 18 penalties, followed by Christian Lealiifano of Australia with 64, Ben Smith of New Zealand with 40, and finally an Argentine, Nicolás Sánchez with 33 points.
The tryman it was Ben Smith (New Zealand), with eight conquests. They were followed by Israel Folau (Australia) with five, and Juan Manuel Leguizamón (Argentina), Willie Le Roux, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana (South Africa) and Kieran Read (New Zealand), with three each.
The Squad 29 players used by Phelan’s team in that RCH were: Horacio Agulla, Patricio Albacete, Marcos Ayerza, Marcelo Bosch, Gonzalo Camacho, Manuel Carizza, Felipe Contepomi, Agustín Creevy, Tomás Cubelli, Matías Díaz, Julio Farías Cabello, Santiago Fernández, Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, Juan Figallo, Mariano Galarza, Lucas González Amorosino, Eusebio Guiñazú, Juan Martín Hernández, Juan Imhoff, Martín Landajo, Tomás Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Nahuel Lobo, Benjamín Macome, Pablo Matera, Juan Pablo Orlandi , Leonardo Senatore, Nicolás Sánchez and Gonzalo Tiesi.
Those who played the most were (6 games): Nicolás Sánchez, Juan Leguizamón, Pablo Matera, Martín Landajo, Eugenio Guiñazú, Julio Farías Cabello, Felipe Contepomi, Horacio Agulla and Agustín Creevy
So many in favor: 88
So many against: 224
Goal scorer: Nicolás Sánchez: 33 (nine penalties and four conversions)
Tries in favor and details: 7. Leguizamón (3), Bosch (2), Contepomi and Landajo.
Tries against: 25
Yellow: 4 (Guiñazú twice, Senatore and Matera)
Most minutes played: Nicolás Sánchez was the only player who added 480 minutes in the tournament, that is, the total of the six games. Pablo Matera played 475, Juan Manuel Leguizamón did so for 466 minutes and Bosch followed with 400.
Tomás Lavanini debuted that year in the Rugby Championship, when Julio Farías Cabello entered in the final six minutes of the rematch against South Africa, in Mendoza. It was his only game and the one with the fewest minutes he completed in that 2013 Championship.