New Zealand vs Argentina LIVE Rugby: Latest Rugby Championship Updates

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New Zealand and Argentina are looking to capitalize on their recent Rugby Championship victories when they face each other in Christchurch this morning.

The All Blacks ended their losing streak with a brutal victory over South Africa in the last round and Argentina defeated Australia. The win for New Zealand ensured their head coach Ian Foster was supported until the end of the World Cup next year and Argentina’s victory earned new boss Michael Cheika more credit.

Cheika has spoken of the pressure Foster will face, but says the coach will enjoy it. “He will love it, even if it’s a difficult friend, it doesn’t matter,” he explained. “That’s part of footy’s territory. It gets heavy. It’s a brilliant position to be in, it’s a great honor to be in it, and you love it, you get to go out every day and be involved in footy. No matter how hard it gets, it’s part of the game, just like when you were a player.”

Follow all the Test action between the All Blacks and the Pumas with our live blog below.

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New Zealand 5-6 Argentina, 27 minutes

An threatening period of attack from New Zealand, regularly changing direction and asking probing questions to the Argentine defence. Richie Mo’unga hops between two potential tacklers, with Caleb Clarke injecting his muscular athleticism from his wing. Then the approach is more direct, mixing the wearer’s archetype with forward and backward of Aaron Smith’s shoulder. Ardie Savea pulses free from another tackle, and New Zealand is awarded a penalty.

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Richie Mo’unga goes for the goal.

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New Zealand 5-6 Argentina, 25 minutes

New Zealand win a penalty at the scrum and try to attack from just outside the Argentina 22. A long throw from Samisoni Taukei’aho requires the full reach of a retreating Shannon Frizell by the tail, but the slight lineout misfire means that New Zealand is short of intent and energy when they attack. Argentina force a holding on penalty.

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New Zealand 5-6 Argentina, 23 minutes

What a tackle from Matias Alemanno! Extraordinary chase from the long lock, seemingly knocked out by a counter-attack by Richie Mo’unga, throwing the lasso to snag the fly-half’s shorts and prevent him from sprinting away.

Mo’unga cannot match with Caleb Clarke, who exceeds the offload and leaves the tackled player isolated. Santiago Carreras takes the ball and looks for space with a screw thread on the corner. Emiliano Boffelli somehow swings the bouncing ball back into play, but can’t quite find his fly-half.

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New Zealand 5-6 Argentina, 22 minutes

Argentina keeps the flow well under control and kicks back into space after New Zealand halted their attack. The All Blacks lineout works effectively and the maul moves again, but without the kind of goal or drive as before for the score.

That’s another excellent kick from Argentina, Jordie Barrett has to rush to avoid a 50:22.

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New Zealand 5-6 Argentina, 20 minutes

Sam Whitelock and Matias Alemanno collide in mid-air, each claiming the ball, like two giraffes reaching for the same acacia branch. Their forward colleagues pile on them, and referee Nika Amashukeli finally decided it will be an Argentine scrum – for reasons somewhat unclear.

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New Zealand 5-6 Argentina, 19 minutes

The All Blacks are just having a hard time establishing themselves. Another penalty against them, this time for a high tackle as Ethan de Groot catches a dipping Pablo Matera a little high.

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PUNISHMENT! New Zealand 5-6 ARGENTINI (Emiliano Boffelli penalty, 18 minutes)

Emiliano Boffelli puts Argentina back in the spotlight.

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New Zealand 5-3 Argentina, 17 minutes

New Zealand is fast up to seal Argentina’s backs with their maul defense spot up — too soon, in fact. That’s a third penalty for offside in the first 17 minutes, and referee Nika Amashukeli calls out Sam Cane for a word. The New Zealand captain has been duly warned.

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The Argentina captain, meanwhile, has a little too much burgundy on his shirt – Julian Montoya appears to have a bit of a cut on the side of his head and will be leaving for treatment after indicating he wants to kick on goal.

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New Zealand 5-3 Argentina, 15 minutes

This time, New Zealand played away from the maul, with Aaron Smith bringing Caleb Clarke into play with a switch, the dynamic wing well held by Argentina’s defence. Rieko Ioane is the next chosen bearer. He tries to use his fancy feet to shift the contract point, but fails to hold the ball securely enough.

Argentina clear and plunge well in numbers to win a penalty. Emiliano Boffelli’s right shoe goes unused – Santiago Carreras chooses to kick deep into the New Zealand 22.

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New Zealand 5-3 Argentina, 14 minutes

Argentina are somewhat unhappy that they are called up for a knock-on from the restart, with the ball appearing to have gone backwards from the hand.

Ethan de Groot then forces Joel Sclavi to infringe on the decor.

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