The All Blacks defeated Los Pumas 39-0 for the third round of the Rugby Championship. The men in black imposed a relentless game that involved an impressive physical exhaustion and that, especially in the second half, was noted with the cataract of tries. On the other hand, Nicolás Sánchez became the player with the most caps in Argentina (90) and Gonzalo García made his debut and was dubbed Puma number 875. All match points.
From the start, Los Pumas put in place a solid defense after the All Blacks attacks. The Argentines managed to take place in the Maori territory, without penalties, but they did not manage to generate a play that would mean points in their favor. As time passed, New Zealand grew mentally and physically. It was difficult for the New Zealanders to break the defense of the Albicelestes, but at the CBUS Super Stadium the possibility of a try was smelled and it was. Rieko Ioane was thrown for the first conquest, after the uncertainty by a knock-on that ended up being a hand of Bautista Delguy.
The men in black almost asphyxiated Los Pumas in the first half. Every penalty generated by the Argentines, TJ Perenara was present playing fast to try to leave without an answer to the team led by Mario Ledesma that was a wall. Despite this, after so much suffocation and physical exhaustion, Sevu Reece sang a new conquest minutes from the end. As if that weren’t enough, Dalton Papali’i left the Kiwis with three tries to go into halftime 22-0.
In the complementary stage, the physique of the Argentine team gradually emptied with the passing of seconds. Luke Jacobson was responsible for the last two conquests of the team that Brodie Retallick captained. Possession of the ball was always for the All Blacks. The work of the Argentines was to resist until the buzzer sounded.
Then the penalties began to rain little by little. Everything was a perfect long-term plan that was worked from minute zero for the New Zealanders and the results came in the second half. The Argentines had 199 tackles and the locals connected 88. Physical dexterity was the key to this match. Ledesma’s team managed a very remarkable defense, but New Zealand banned them from entering their territory for almost the entire 80 minutes. Ian Foster thought a perfect match, proposed it and raised it on the court to leave with a 39-0 that the Argentines are not responsible for. In this way, they will see each other again next Saturday, September 18, for the fourth date of the contest.
The Pumas: 1. Facundo Gigena, 2. Julián Montoya (C), 3. Santiago Medrano, 4. Guido Petti, 5. Matías Alemanno, 6. Pablo Matera, 7. Marcos Kremer, 8. Rodrigo Bruni, 9. Gonzalo Bertranou, 10. Nicolás Sánchez, 11. Santiago Cordero, 12. Jerónimo De La Fuente, 13. Matías Moroni, 14. Bautista Delguy, 15. Juan Cruz Mallía.
Substitutes: 16. Facundo Bosch, 17. Carlos Muzzio, 18. Enrique Pieretto, 19. Tomás Lavanini, 20. Juan Martín González, 21. Gonzalo García, 22. Santiago Chocobares, 23. Emiliano Boffelli.
All Blacks: 1- Karl Tu’inukuafe, 2. Asafo Aumua, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Brodie Retallick (C), 5. Scott Barrett, 6. Akira Ioane, 7. Dalton Papalii, 8. Luke Jacobson, 9. TJ Perenara, 10. Beauden Barrett, 11. George Bridge, 12. David Havili, 13. Rieko Ioane, 14. Sevu Reece, 15. Jordie Barrett
Substitutes: 16. Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17. Joe Moody, 18. Tyrel Lomax, 19. Tupou Vaa’i, 20. Ethan Blackadder, 21. Brad Weber, 22. Damian McKenzie, 23. Quinn Tupaea.