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Saturday 10th September 07:35 GMT

 

After a one week break, the Rugby Championship returns on Saturday, with the opening fixture of Round 3 at the Waikato Stadium in Hamilton between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina's Los Pumas. The World Champion All Blacks have been in imperious form in the opening two rounds, in which they have completely outplayed their great rivals Australia twice, more than justifying the pre-tournament predictions that they would reclaim the title, that they lost last season to the Wallabies. They posted six tries in Sydney on their way to a 42-8 victory, before scoring four more the following week in Wellington as they secured the Bledisloe Cup with a 29-9 win.

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Those results, coupled with those in the South Africa against Argentina fixtures, has seen the All Blacks open up a five point gap at the top of the table after just two rounds of competition. But for a disastrous last 10 minutes in their opening game against the Springboks in Nelspruit, when they lost a 23-13 lead, Los Pumas would also have been taking a 100% record to Hamilton on Saturday. They did make amends to some degree the following week in Salta, when they secured a narrow 26-24 win. When the two teams last met, in the Pool stage of the World Cup, Los Pumas pushed the All Blacks all the way, before they squeezed home 26-16.

Posted: 17th July 2015

 

The Rugby Championship, which begins in Christchurch on Friday, with the opening fixture between the defending Champions New Zealand and Argentina, will be a truncated version in 2015, due to the upcoming World Cup in England during September and October. In the three season since the tri-nations morphed into the Rugby Championship, as the result of the addition of Argentina to the tournament, the All Blacks have won all three titles. Not only have they won those titles, but they have dominated their opponents to the extent of winning all six games in both the 2012 and 2013 tournaments. Last season, that sequence came to an end, with a draw in Sydney, and defeat to the Springboks in the final fixture in Johannesburg. The match in Christchurch will be the All Blacks only home game in this season’s competition, as they travel to Johannesburg on 25th July and complete their fixtures in Sydney against the Wallabies on 8th August. The Pumas who have won and drawn once since they joined the SANZAR nations to form the Rugby Championship, to set alongside 16 defeats, also travel twice in the 2015 edition.  

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With the next scheduled meeting between the two sides being at Wembley Stadium in Pool C of the World Cup, both teams will be looking to set down a marker in Friday’s clash. However, it is difficult to see the Pumas getting any closer than they did in Napier last year, when they went down by 9-28.

Posted: 6th September 2014

 

After a week off the Rugby Championship returns this Saturday with New Zealand facing the Pumas from Argentina at McLean Park in Napier. Despite their record breaking victory against Australia at Eden Park last time out, the All Blacks have made three changes to the side that recorded that win. All three changes are in the back line, with Israel Dagg who was dropped for the Bledisloe Cup fixtures has been handed the No.15 shirt in place of Cory Jane. The other changes to the starting XV are as the result of injury. Beauden Barrett fills the pivotal fly half berth in place of the injured Aaron Cruden, while a fit again Ma'a Nonu replaces the injured Ryan Crotty at inside centre.

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The Pumas after two narrow defeats to the Springboks in the opening two rounds have made two personnel changes for the game in Napier. Horacio Agulla and Leonardo Senatore earning starts in place of Manuel Montero and Pablo Matera. The tourists have also made three positional shifts, with Juan Manuel Leguizamon and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe taking the number seven and six jerseys respectively, and Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino shifting from right to left wing to allow accommodate Senatore.

Posted: 7th September 2013

New Zealand will look to secure their third straight win in the Rugby Championship when they take on Argentina in Hamilton on Saturday night. Watch New Zealand v Argentina live on your computer by joining watchliverugby.tv today. The All Blacks won both their opening Bledisloe Cup games against Australia and will be favorites to again claim the Rugby Championship, especially if they beat the Pumas and South Africa falter against the Wallabies in Brisbane.

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Argentina has played at Hamilton in the past and was beaten 41-7 at the same venue when the two sides met in 2004. While the All Blacks ran in five tries against the Pumas that day, they were rusty and scrappy, not entirely unlike last season’s game in Wellington, when last gasp tries from Julian Savea and Cory Jane gave them a flattering 21-5 win. The Pumas conceded over 70 points to South Africa in Johannesburg but were better in Mendoza where indiscipline cost them dear, with Morne Steyn’s boot securing a close victory for the Boks. No.8 Leonardo Senatore will be unavailable for nine weeks following a ban for biting Eben Etzebeth. Will Argentina upset the All Blacks in Hamilton? Watch New Zealand v Argentina live online and find out.


Tags: Rugby Championship, Waikato Stadium, New Zealand, Argentina, Wembley Stadium, McLean Park, Pablo Matera, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Hamilton, Julian Savea, Cory Jane, Leonardo Senatore
Posted: 10th September 2016


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