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Steve Hansen won’t be lingering long over the highlights reel from the All Blacks’ Rugby Championship opener.
Some post-Super Rugby rust and unfamiliar combinations robbed a forgettable encounter in Buenos Aires of continuity and sustained excitement.
But Argentina’s defence played its part in a cliffhanger contest with the All Blacks held scoreless in the second half.
The All Blacks also provided some stoic rearguard moments to maintain their unbeaten record against the fast-improving Pumas.
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1: Beauden Barrett’s 67th minute try-saving tackle on Ramiro Moyano saved the All Blacks from a potential first defeat to the Pumas. The All Blacks first five-eighth somehow got across to force the Argentine left wing into touch with the line beckoning. His desperation act allowed the All Blacks to preserve a 20-16 lead.
2: Credit the All Blacks’ forward reserves for their lineout maul defence to snuff o
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