Live updates: All Blacks v Argentina - Rugby Championship 2019

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7:53 am - Click here for a match wrap, thanks for tuning in. Remember, the All Blacks face the Sprinboks next weekend in Wellington.

FULLTIME - The Pumas drive, but Angus Gardner gives a penalty to the All Blacks and then he blows his whistle. New Zealand surivie, despite not scoring in the second half.

81 min - Another advantage to Argentina. They kick for touch again as the siren goes off. 

80 min - Now a lineout to the Pumas five out from the line. 

79 min - A penalty advantage to Argentina. They're just outside the 22. 

78 min - Two minute remain. A scrum to Argentina on the halfway line. 

77 min - Three minutes remain in Argentina. That missed penalty could come back to hurt the Pumas who could have tried to set up for a drop goal. But they need a try to win. 

75 min - A half chance nearly turns into something for the All Blacks, but the lass pass goes to ground again. 

74 min - Braydon Ennor makes a good run and they're inside the 22, but NZ knocks the ball on.  

73 min - The Pumas dominating possession on the halfway line, but Liam Coltman turns the ball over and they trap Argentina inside the 22. 

71 min - Less than 10 minutes remain here. There is a double knock on, so a scrum to the Pumas. 

69 min - The Pumas win the ball from the All Blacks lineout, and now they're driving closer and closer to the line. But a mistake by Matías Orlando sees New Zealand get the ball. 

68 min - NO TRY ARGENTINA - Beauden Barrett managed to tackle Matías Moroni into touch before he threw the ball back infield. All Blacks lineout. 

68 min - A possible try here to the Pumas. I'm not sure, but they're going to the TMO with the on-field decision of try. This is a big call. 

66 min - A scrum on the halfway line to the home team. 

64 min - Beauden Barrett makes a half break and offloads to Sam Cane, who drops the ball. His hands have let him down in this match. 

63 min - The All Blacks are pinned inside their half and Beauden Barrett fakes a kick before clearing. The Pumas make a mistake on the counter-attack. 

61 min - Emiliano Boffelli comes off for Joaquín Tuculet with the All Blacks brining both their props off too. 

60 min - A forward pass is called against the All Blacks. Scrum to the Pumas on the halfway line. 

59 min - A few scrum resets... Looks like Atu Moli and Nepo Laulala will be coming on soon. 

57 min - The All Blacks starting to build pressure, but Jordie Barrett knocks the ball on in a tackle. Luke Jacobson comes on for his debut and Jackson Hemopo comes on also. Patrick Tuipulotu and Vaea Fifita make way and both will be disapointed with their efforts.

55 min - A mistake by Argentina lets the All Blacks of the hook. Beauden Barrett goes for a run, but can't find much space. They run the ball out of the 22 and they kick a grubber to get out of the danger zone. 

54 min - Penalty given to the Pumas. Didn't look like much but was a penalty. 

53 min - The ball is back just outside the Pumas 22 and then clear the ball to Jordie Barrett. Time is stopped as there was an incident off the ball involving Dane Coles. 

52 min - Then Ardie Savea is flattened. Then Ardie Savea is flattened by one of the Pumas players. 

51 min - Nicolás Sánchez with arguably his easiest penalty attempt of the day and he misses. 

50 min - Another penalty to Argentina. They are going for the posts this time. 

49 min - Argentina take a couple of changes. Agustín Creevy has gone off. As I type that, Jordie Barrett makes a mistake as he carries the ball inside the 22 and boots the ball into touch on the full. 

48 min - Sánchez lands the conversion and the All Blacks lead is now only four. 

47 min- TRY ARGENTINA - Emiliano Boffelli scores a stunning try - Argentina's first try of the game. Nicolás Sánchez kicks high, and Boffelli rips the ball off Ben Smith to score. 

45 min - Argentina win a penalty as a man is tackled without the ball. They are kicking for touch. 

43 min - The All Blacks steal a lineout throw and have the ball on the halfway line.

42 min - Great play by the All Blacks, who win a penalty and they now get the chance to boot the ball away. 

40 min - The All Blacks get the second half started in Buenos Aires. The Pumas clear the ball and it comes off Beuaden Barrett and into touch. Argentina have a lineout just outside the 22. 

HALFTIME - The All Blacks lead 20-9 at the break, Brodie Retallick and Ngani Laumape with the tries. Ardie Savea has been the best out on the field with Sevu Reece also playing well. 

40 min - Beauden Barrett lands the conversion, and the All Blacks lead 20-9. Time for one more play before the break. 

39 min - TRY ALL BLACKS - A massive try here which will have a big impact on the game. Nicolás Sánchez throws a pass, and it is picked off by Brodie Retallick who strolls over. 

38 min - PENALTY GOAL ALL BLACKS - No mistake from the All Blacks first-five who extends the lead. 

36 min - Great scrum by the All Blacks and they win a penalty. It's right in front of the posts about 40 out and Sam Cane points straight to the posts. 

35 min - Another mistake by Fifita. Argentina look very tired right now, and they're taking their time to set the scrum. 

33 min - Ben Smith gets into a gap, and Ramiro Moyano makes a try-saving tackle on the All Blacks fullback. 

32 min - The Pumas defence is good, but they give away a penalty for taking a man out at the ruck. They kick for touch again. 

31 min - Penalty to the All Blacks and Beauden Barrett kicks for touch. They will have a lineout five out from the line. 

29min - A golden chance blown for the All Blacks. Sevu Reece with the Ken Maumalo-esk run and finds Beaudn Barrett in support, but nobody is in support of the first-five. Sadly the ball goes out to Jordie Barrett, and the left winger bobbles the ball into touch. 

28 min - The Pumas back on the attack, but the All Blacks' defence holds firm. 

26 min -An overthrow from Argentina at the lineout and Dane Coles swoops on the loose ball, but the hooker knocks it forward. Scrum to the hosts. 

24 min - PENALTY GOAL ALL BLACKS - No mistake from in front and New Zealand are back in front. 

23 min - The All Blacks win the ball from the restart and a couple of plays later, they get a penalty for a ruck infringement. Beauden Barrett to go for the posts. 

21 min - PENALTY GOAL ARGENTINA - The Pumas are awarded a penalty as one of the All Blacks players touches the ball from an offside position, and Sánchez lands his second goal of the game. Argentina leads 9-7.

20 min - Ardie Savea and Sevu Reece have been the standouts so far for the All Blacks. Both players looking good. The Pumas have the ball inside NZ's half, and they launch an attacking bomb. 

19 min - Beauden Barrett adds the extras, and the All Blacks lead 7-6. 

18 min - TRY ALL BLACKS - It didn't look like it at first, but Ngani Laumape goes over the line for the first try of the game. First real attacking chance which leads to points. 

17 min - The All Blacks have the ball for the first time inside the 22. Savea with another strong run. NZ now have a penalty advantage. Dane Coles, nearly goes over but the ball is held up, and Angus Gardner comes back for the penalty. 

16 min - From the lineout, Beauden Barrett tries a little trick play. but Boffelli gets to the ball first with Laumape chasing hard. 

15 min - Ardie Savea goes for a big run off the back of the scrum. The All Blacks win their first penalty of the game. 

13 min - The Pumas win the lineout and then go charging towards the line, and Pablo Matera makes a strong carry. They get the ball out quick, and Sevu Reece makes a massive tackle in front of the posts which leads to a knock-on. The All Blacks did a great to survive that onslaught. 

11 min - Fifita makes a high tackle, and it is within range of Boffelli, but the hosts opt to kick for touch instead. 

9 min - A double knock-on, but the first was against the All Blacks, so another scrum to the Pumas. 

8 min - A forward pass is called, and the Pumas will have a scrum inside the All Blacks' half. 

7 min - PENALTY GOAL ARGENTINA - No mistake from Boffelli who doubles Argentina's lead. 

5 min - Another penalty to Argentina. This time it's against Vaea Fifita. It is right on the halfway line, and the Pumas want another shot at the posts. This time, Emiliano Boffelli will take the shot.  

4 min - Argentina now on the counter-attack after Sam Cane leaves the ball behind in a tackle. The Pumas clear and after taking a couple of tackles, Beauden Barrett smashes the ball downfield. 

3 min - The Pumas are showing their intent early in the contest. The All Blacks were on the cusp of the 22, but they find themselves back on halfway. 

2 min - PENALTY GOAL ARGENTINA - Sánchez slots the goal and the Pumas lead early. 

1min - Early penalty for Argentina as Jordie Barrett made contact with a player in the air. Timing was just off. Nicolás Sánchez to take a shot at goal from 40 out. 

KICKOFF - Finally, we're underway in Buenos Aires. The Pumas get us started, and Ngani Laumape takes the first hit up.

6:05am - Both anthems done. I must say, Argentina's one was really nice. This was the first time I've head it in its entirety. It was quite long, but it was almost performed like a rock ballad.

6:00am - Time for the national anthems.

5:57am - Both teams are heading out onto the field. 

5:55am - Ten minutes away now. There is a decent crowd at Estadio José Amalfitani.

5:41am - While we wait, you can read the match report from the Springboks' commanding 35-17 win over the Wallabies at Ellis Park. Click here to read it. 

5:40am - Hello everyone. We're about 25 minutes away from kickoff No late changes to the starting teams for the test. 

Kia ora, good morning and welcome to Newshub's live updates of the Argentina v All Blacks at the Estadio José Amalfitani in Buenos Aires. 

This is the All Blacks' first test match of 2019 as preparations for the Rugby World Cup begins to heat up.

The test is the first of five games New Zealand will play before their World Cup defence begins against South Africa on September 21 in Yokohama. 

New Zealand have never lost in 28 meetings with Argentina, although the South Americans managed a 21-21 draw in 1985.


All Blacks: 1-Ofa Tuungafasi, 2-Dane Coles, 3-Angus Ta'avao, 4-Brodie Retallick, 5-Patrick Tuipulotu, 6-Vaea Fifita, 7-Sam Cane, 8-Ardie Savea, 9-Aaron Smith, 10-Beauden Barrett, 11-Jordie Barrett, 12-Ngani Laumape, 13-Anton Lienert-Brown, 14-Sevu Reece, 15-Ben Smith

Reserves: 16-Liam Coltman, 17-Atu Moli, 18-Nepo Laulala, 19-Jackson Hemopo, 20-Luke Jacobson, 21-Brad Weber, 22-Josh Ioane, 23-Braydon Ennor

Argentina: 1-Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2-Agustín Creevy, 3-Juan Figallo, 4-Guido Petti, 5-Tomas Lavanini, 6-Pablo Matera (c), 7-Marcos Kremer, 8-Javier Ortega Desio, 9-Tomás Cubelli, 10-Nicolás Sánchez, 11-Ramiro Moyano, 12-Jerónimo de la Fuente, 13-Matías Orlando, 14-Matías Moroni, 15-Emiliano Boffelli

Reserves: 16-Julián Montoya, 17-Mayco Vivas, 18-Santiago Medrano, 19-Matías Alemanno, 20-Tomás Lezana, 21-Felipe Ezcurra, 22-Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 23-Joaquín Tuculet

Match Officials

Referee: Angus Gardner (AUS)

Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (IRE), Alexandre Ruiz (FRA)

Television match official: Graham Hughes (ENG)

Head-to-head: Argentina $4.70 All Blacks $1.19

Pre-match banter: Sam Cane expecting stern challenge from Argentina

Stand-in All Blacks captain Sam Cane is expecting a stern challenge from Argentina when the two teams meet in their Rugby Championship opener in  Buenos Aires on Sunday (NZ time). 

In Kieran Read and Sam Whitelock's absence, Cane will lead the All Blacks for the third time in his career, in what will be his first test match back since fracturing his neck against the Springboks last year in Pretoria. 

The 27-year-old will skipper a relatively inexperienced  All Blacks side, with 16 of the 23 players named having 35 caps of less to their name. Five players are set to make their debut including Sevu Reece on the right-wing, while prop Atu Moli, flanker Luke Jacobson, first-five Josh Ioane and outside back Braydon Ennor will come off the bench. 

For Argentina, they've named 13 Jaguares Super Rugby players in their starting side,with Stade Francais first-five Nicolas Sanchez and Saracens prop Juan Figallo are the only European-based players named by coach Mario Ledesma.

New Zealand have never lost in 28 meetings with Argentina, although the South Americans managed a 21-21 draw in 1985, and Cane is determined to ensure their unbeaten record is broken under his watch. 

"Anything can happen in test rugby. Records are made to be broken, but this is a record we're proud of and we will be striving to keep," he said. 

"We know in that first test of the year, there will be a wee bit of rust. It will be about how we respond to that when things aren't going quite right.

"We're wary of the threat Argentina poses and how motivated they'll be to start their 2019 season well." 

Cane added that he'd been impressed with the five uncapped players who will be using this test to make their case to Steven Hansen for why they should be on the plane to Japan for the Rugby World Cup. 

The test at the Estadio José Amalfitani is the first of five games New Zealand will play before their World Cup defence begins against South Africa on September 21 in Yokohama. 

"It will be a very, very tough test match. We're excited, we've had a few new guys come in, and they've stepped up well.

"I've been impressed with the way they've trained this week, and it's exciting for them to get an opportunity. Then, there is a good opportunity for us to take real ownership of the team."

Cane also added some words of advice for the uncapped quintet.

"Do your best to treat it like another game. There will be huge excitement and nerves, but I want them to go out there and have real confidence in their ability and back themselves and play rugby."  


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