Brodie Retallick Rugby Championship: All Blacks edge past Argentina in tense test

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All Blacks 20
Argentina 16

The All Blacks have survived their first test of the year with a victory over Argentina in Buenos Aires which could easily have been a defeat and perhaps should have been.

At the end they were clinging on at Estadio Jose Amalfitani and greeted referee Angus Gardner’s final whistle with huge relief after escaping two attacking lineouts in the final seconds. The Pumas will rue their missed opportunity for they have never beaten the All Blacks and won’t get a better chance for a long time.

The All Blacks were missing all of their Crusaders players, apart from debutants Sevu Reece, who started on the right wing, and replacement back Braydon Ennor, and that lack of quality and experience showed in the second half as the visitors were held scoreless.

The Pumas appeared fatigued in the first half and looked out of it at halftime, but a converted try to Emiliano Boffelli after the break changed the dynamic of the match. If first-five Nicolas Sanchez had kicked a relatively easy penalty soon after the All Blacks would have been in even bigger trouble.

“It was the definition of a test match, a real ding dong battle,” skipper Sam Cane said straight a

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