All Blacks late flourish floors Pumas

Ruben Hill
September 10, 2017

New Zealand are three from three in the Rugby Championship, but needed a last-gasp try from Beauden Barrett last time out to beat Australia before their revival against Argentina.

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.

It was only Fifita's second Test and Hansen said afterwards he can only get better.

"I don't think that he's the finished product".

"But there's a tank with plenty in it and it's our job to bring that out and his job to work on his game and get better and reach his potential".

Damian McKenzie and Barrett tries closed out the match.

Everything appeared to be going Argentina's way when Barrett was sin-binned and Sanchez put them seven points clear, but the 14-man All Blacks drew level through Vaea Fifita's converted score.

It was only Fifita's second Test for New Zealand, after he entered the fray as a replacement against Samoa in June ahead of the Lions Test series earlier this year - and he scored a try that day too.

It worked well for them, forcing the All Blacks into the handling and passing errors that have blighted their game since the third British and Irish Lions Test.

The NZ flanker said he backed himself to take on the Argentinian backs when he scored in the 51st minute.

Los Pumas picked up another three points with a long-range penalty by left wing Emiliano Boffelli from a metre inside his own half and closed within one point at 10-9 with a second Sanchez penalty.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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