All Blacks unleash 'the beast' to down Argentina

All Blacks vs Argentina: Rugby Championship live scores, blog

The All Blacks, who were guilty of some sloppy play, eventually turned the match around to secure the win.

Beauden Barrett had failed to convert any of the All Blacks' three first-half tries and his day did not get much better as he was sin-binned for the transgression that allowed Sanchez to give the visitors that seven-point advantage.

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen labelled Vaea Fifita as a "tank with plenty in it" after a fine debut, but recognised the All Blacks have yet to hit top gear following a scare against Argentina.

Take a look at Fifita's fantastic try below.

Sanchez's boot got the visitors on the board but the All Blacks were quick to go back on the offensive and went over for a second time as a sliding Anton Lienert-Brown just managed to dot down Barrett's grubber before it crossed the dead-ball line.

"Again it was a great game for us to learn about ourselves", Hansen added.

"The tempo of the All Blacks killed us a bit in the last minutes", he said. "We certainly had to work for that".

Moody, whose scrummaging against Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro had put the Pumas under huge pressure, left the field at Taranaki Regional Stadium in the 64th minute in obvious pain with his right arm supported in a makeshift sling.

Argentina fly-half Nicolas Sanchez gave his side a 22-15 lead with about 30 minutes remaining, but Fifita's blistering pace then lifted the home side and they finally took the sort of control over the game that had been expected.

The All Blacks were at their best in the first 50 minutes of the opening championship match against Australia when they piled on 54 points in what Hansen described as "probably as good rugby as you will see".



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