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As it happened: New Zealand 26-16 Argentina

2015-09-20 16:57
Last Updated at 00:16
20 Sep 19:40

The All Blacks deserved their win as they soaked up the pressure for 60 minutes before turning on the style.

Sonny Bill Williams was immense as a second half substitute and Dan Carter's boot was brilliant.

Wayne Barnes' whistle was well used but all in all it was another entertaining RWC 2015 fixtures!

That's the weekend's action over, stay glued to Sport24 for all the latest World Cup news!

20 Sep 19:38

Lovely tackle on Cordero by Savea as the Pumas try to run from inside their own 22m.

Knock on and it's all over.

NZ win 26-16!

20 Sep 19:37
It's all a bit messy with passes being flung wide by the Pumas
20 Sep 19:36
Less than 60 seconds to play...
20 Sep 19:36

Argentina urged to attack by the crowd but the defence has got them right where they want them.

Barnes awards the Pumas a penalty with 65 metres to go...

20 Sep 19:34

2 and half minutes to go.

NZ lock Brodie Retallick named as Man Of The Match!

20 Sep 19:32

76' Again Argentina defence stops Ben Smith in his tracks.

Great scramble defence.

20 Sep 19:32


NZ have had 61% possession

20 Sep 19:30

74' Game is completely open and scrappy now.

Much like a sevens encounter.

Possession turned over a number of times and eventually Sonny Bill kicks it deep, and out.

Argentina now on their own 22m with a lineout.

20 Sep 19:28

Ben Smith's been poor by his standards but the rest of the side are showing some delightful hands and skills now...

Somehow Argentina turn it over.

20 Sep 19:27
72' It's all AB attack and all Argentina defense now...
20 Sep 19:24

70' Ten minutes to go and Argentina try attack but the defense is too good.

Hernandez tries to get some field possession but he's kick is out on the full.

20 Sep 19:22

68' Barrett scores!

Ah, alas it's a knock on!

NZ stay just 10 points clear...

20 Sep 19:21
68' Carter converts. From straight out in front.
20 Sep 19:20

Cane makes up for his earlier blunder and scores under the poles.

Try handed on a plate by SBW!

This is turning into the Sonny Bill show!

20 Sep 19:20
67' TRY!
20 Sep 19:19

65' Aaron Smith breaks and his pass to Sam Cane is good but the replacement knocks it on with the line open and waiting...

Wow - Smith's step was brilliant!

20 Sep 19:17

64' Pumas on "attack" - I say that because they are out of gas.

Running on empty...

Kaino wins the penalty as Pumas hold on at the ruck

20 Sep 19:16
McCaw on the wing and the line is open but the pass is poor and Argentina escape...
20 Sep 19:15

63' It's all NZ!

Pumas hanging by a thread...

20 Sep 19:13

61' Conrad Smith - on a yellow card - tackles a player in the air.

Nothing to serious but gosh, he's living on the edge.

20 Sep 19:12

20 minutes left and NZ lead by three.

Can they hold on against a spirited Pumas?

20 Sep 19:10

All Blacks are into the lead again, 19-16.

Smith picked up after the rolling maul collapsed and he stepped his man and ghosted through...

20 Sep 19:10
Carter adds the extras
20 Sep 19:09

Aaron Smith!

Brilliant bit of individual play!

20 Sep 19:09
57' TRY!
20 Sep 19:08

57' NZ opt for the lineout.

7 or 8m out...

20 Sep 19:08

56' Dane Coles makes a hash of it...knocks it on and then high tackles his opponent.

NZ had the penalty advantage - Coles will be relieved.

20 Sep 19:06

55' AB's moving closer to the try line.

Barrett and SBW making a big impact already

20 Sep 19:05

The Pumas hooker's kick is collected and NZ win a penalty.

They are back on the edge of the 22m with a lineout.

20 Sep 19:05

54' NZ inside the Argentina 22m.

Conrad Smith loses the pill and Creezy hoofs it clear.

20 Sep 19:03

51' Cordero forces the turnover with AB on attack.

He flew up out of the line and caused the knock on - he missed that and it was try time.

SBW making a massive impact so far

20 Sep 19:01

50' Barrett onto the field.

Shuffled backline now as Ben Smith goes to 14 and Barrett to 15.

I would've pulled Carter off - he's been slow and off the pace today.

20 Sep 19:01

Excellent work from Aaron Smith.

He bundles his opposition 8th man out into touch from the scrum.

20 Sep 19:00

50' This is getting away a bit from NZ.

Barnes - the ref - is incredibly strict and the calls favouring the South Americans right now

20 Sep 18:58

48' Pumas win a penalty!

Their scrum, own their own 5m, smashes the AB's

20 Sep 18:58

48' All Blacks finally back to 15 men...

20 Sep 18:56

47' SBW making a huge impact and NZ get a chance to score but Milner-Skudder knocks on with the try line open!

Took his eyes off the ball!

20 Sep 18:54
Nonu subbed for SBW!
20 Sep 18:54

45' Nonu kicks away possession on attack.

30m out and his chip through is miserable.

Cubelli's kick goes out on the full, so no territory loss.

  • 80'

    The Pumas try to attack from inside their 22 but it all comes to nothing as Juan Manuel Leguizamon knocks on just outside his 22. That's the final act as the final whistle goes shortly afterwards. What an entertaining spectacle it's been! The All Blacks showed how to handle pressure and how to snuff out the opposition's resistance. Argentina deserve plenty of credit for their effort but in the end it wasn't enough and the world champions kick off their campaign with solid victory.

  • 80'

    New Zealand 26 Argentina 16

  • 78'

    Williams delivers another special pass out of the back of his hand but Conrad Smith knocks on just outside Argentina's 22.

  • 76'

    The All Blacks attack from a scrum inside the Pumas' 22 and get the ball out to Ben Smith, who is tackled into touch by Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino!

  • 74'

    The All Blacks are on the attack deep inside the Pumas' 22 and Cane and McCaw are prominent ball carriers before Victor Vito takes it into to contact. He makes some ground but loses possession when Jeronimo De La Fuente wins a crucial turnover.

  • 71'

    The All Blacks go on the drive from a line-out five metres outside the Pumas' 22 and they are soon close to their opponents's tryline. The maul becomes static and they attack with their backs. Carter delivers a chip kick but Cordero gathers brilliantly and calls for a mark close to his posts!

  • 68'

    CONVERSION, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER. 26-16. Carter makes no mistake and the All Blacks have taken control of this match now.

  • 67'

    TRY, ALL BLACKS, CANE! 24-16. The All Blacks attack out wide inside the Pumas' 22 and Read offloads to Williams, who draws in the last defender before passing to Cane who dots down under the posts!

  • 65'

    Williams makes another brilliant break and offloads to Aaron Smith, who beats two defenders with an outrageous side-step before offloading to Sam Cane who knocks on deep inside Argentina's 22!

  • 63'

    The All Blacks have stepped up a gear and are back on the attack inside Argentina's 22! Williams gets them over the advantage line with a barnstorming run and then hits the deck. The ball comes out to Read who tries to get the ball to McCaw on the wing but the pass is forward!

  • 61'

    Cubelli goes up for a ball in the air, inside his 22, but is tackled by Conrad Smith! The All Blacks are penalised for this offence and Sanchez brings some relief with a kick into touch on the halfway line.

  • 58'

    CONVERSION, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER. 19-16. Carter slots the two-pointer and the All Blacks hold a three-point lead.

  • 57'

    TRY, NEW ZEALAND, A SMITH! 17-16. The All Blacks set up a drive from a line-out on Argentina's five-metre line and when the maul goes to ground Aaron Smith gathers and sells the defence a dummy before going over!

  • 56'

    The All Blacks take the ball through the phases with their forwards deep inside the Pumas' 22. Dane Coles, Brodie Retallick and Whitelock are prominent ball carriers but Argentina's defence holds firm.

  • 53'

    The Pumas are under the cosh at a scrum deep inside their 22, but they do well at the set-piece and get the ball out to Sanchez, who clears his line with a kick into touch on his 10-metre line.

  • 50'

    Argentina take the ball through the phases with their forwards inside the All Blacks' half but McCaw does well to usher Senatore in to touch close to the 10-metre line.

  • 48'

    Sonny Bill Williams is on for Nonu and immediately makes an impact! He makes a telling break, inside the Pumas' 22, and draws in two defenders before getting a pass away in trademark fashion, out of the back of his hand to Milner-Sudder, who knocks on in front of the corner flag!

  • 45'

    The All Blacks attack out wide and Nonu stabs a grubber kick through but Cordero gathers just outside his 22. Cubelli launches a box kick which goes directly into touch.

  • 43'

    PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 12-16. Argentina draws first blood in the second half! Sanches adds another three-pointer after the All Blacks are pinged for offside play on defence.

  • 41'

    Juan Martin Hernandez gets us started with a deep kick which Ma'a Nonu gathers inside his 22. He takes on the defence and eventually goes to ground close to his 22-metre line.

  • 40'

    PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER. 12-13. Carter succeeds with his fourth penalty after Matera is pinged for illegal play at a ruck on the edge of his 22. That's the final act of what has been an entertaining half! Three yellow cards have been issued already, with two of those going to the All Blacks. The Pumas deserve their lead but don't rule out the world champions who will surely fight back after the interval.

  • 40'

    New Zealand 12 Argentina 13

  • 38'

    PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 9-13. Sanchez extends his side's lead as he lands an easy three-pointer from the kicking tee!

  • 37'

    YELLOW CARD, NEW ZEALAND, C SMITH! Argentina take the ball through numerous phases and are soon inside New Zealand's 22! Imhoff makes a telling break but is brought to ground by the cover defence and Conrad Smith is penalised for slowing the ball down cynically at the ensuing breakdown! Referee Wayne Barnes doesn't hesitate in giving the veteran centre his marching orders!

  • 35'

    The All Blacks are hammering away at the Pumas' line and Owen Franks, Aaron Smith and Ben Smith all go close! The ball comes out to Read, who knocks on in front of the tryline!

  • 33'

    The Pumas attack midway between their 22 and 10-metre line and Juan Martin Hernandez throws an outrageous pass out of the back of his hand to Bosch! He offloads to Fernandez Lobbe, who gets a pass out Sanchez who knocks on!

  • 31'

    PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 9-10. Sanchez holds his nerve and lands the place-kick from 40 metres out which gives the Pumas the lead for the first time!

  • 30'

    YELLOW CARD, NEW ZEALAND, MCCAW! New Zealand are reduced to 14 men after Richie McCaw trips Fernandez Lobbe while he takes a tap penalty 10 metres inside the All Blacks' half!

  • 29'

    The All Blacks are on the attack inside Argentina's 22 and Milner-Skudder is in the clear down the right-hand touchline. He throws an inside pass to Sam Whitelock, who knocks on with the tryline begging!

  • 27'

    Fernandez Lobbe is pinged for going off his feet at a ruck. Carter puts the resulting penalty out on the Pumas' 22-metre line.

  • 25'

    Argentina attack from a line-out on New Zealand's 10-metre line and Cubelli throws an inside pass to Santiago Cordero but he is stopped in his tracks by a double-hit from Read and McCaw.

  • 22'

    CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 9-7. Nicolas Sanchez adds the extras to narrow the gap to two points!

  • 21'

    TRY, ARGENTINA, PETTI! 9-5. Los Pumas' forwards take the ball through several phases and are soon camped close to the All Blacks' tryline! Petti spots a gap and dives over from close quarters!

  • 20'

    PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER. 9-0. Carter converts his thir place-kick after Lavanini is pinged for straying offside on defence.

  • 17'

    Argentina are taking the challenge to the All Blacks and take the ball through several phases close to the world champions' 22. They lose possession, however, when Marcelo Bosch knocks on a pass from Tomas Cubelli.

  • 14'

    Argentina take the ball through the phases with their forwards, just outside New Zealand's 22, and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Guido Petti and Senatore are prominent ball carriers!

  • 11'

    PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER. 6-0. Carter doubles his team's lead with another three-pointer from the kicking tee after Matera's indiscretion on defence.

  • 10'

    YELLOW CARD, ARGENTINA, MATERA! Pablo Matera will spend the next 10 minutes on the sidelines after he cynically prevents Aaron Smith to take a tap penalty deep inside the Pumas' 22.

  • 7'

    New Zealand attack from close to their 10-metre line and Ben Smith joins the line at pace! He kicks ahead and Nehe Milner-Skudder gives chase! Joaquin Tuculet beats him to the ball but he carries over and dots down behind his tryline.

  • 5'

    PENALTY, NEW ZEALAND, CARTER. 3-0, Carter gets the game's opening points, from the kicking tee, after Marcos Ayerza is blown up for a ruck infringement.

  • 3'

    Tomas Lavanini is pinged for going off his feet at ruck inside New Zealand's 22. Carter puts the resulting penalty out close to Argentina's 10-metre line.

  • 1'

    After the teams line up for their respective anthems, Richie McCaw leads the All Blacks during a stirring version of their Kama Te haka! Dan Carter gets the game underway! His kick is a hanging in the air for quite a while and Kieran Read goes up for it but knocks on. Leonardo Senatore gathers before hitting the deck on the edge of his 22.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Pool C clash at the Rugby World Cup between defending champions New Zealand and Argentina from Wembley Stadium in London. We'll return soon with team news from both sides.

  • 0'

    All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has picked his strongest possible side for this match, with livewire Nehe Milner-Skudder starting on the right wing in the absence of the injured Waisake Naholo. The rest of the team is very familiar, with Dan Carter and Richie McCaw starting in their fourth World Cups, while nine of the starters also started the final four years ago. On the bench Hansen has gone with Victor Vito as second row cover, over Luke Romano, while Sam Cane is preferred to Liam Messam as back row cover. Beauden Barrett will be the back-up ten, and there is also a place on the bench for Sonny Bill Williams.

  • 0'

    Argentina head coach Daniel Hourcade has named his strongest team as Los Pumas aim for a first-ever win over New Zealand. Santiago Cordero gets the nod on the right wing ahead of the likes of Horacio Agulla, and he, Juan Imhoff and Joaquin Tuculet will provide plenty of counter-attacking threat in the back three. There are no surprises in the front five, as Agustin Creevy leads the team at hooker, and last tighthead standing Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro starts alongside him. There is good news with Ramiro Herrera fit to take his place on the bench however, having struggled with a knee injury. Nicolas Sanchez unsurprisingly gets the nod at fly-half, and he will combine with the impressive Tomas Cubelli, who has edged ahead of Martin Landajo in the pecking order. Veteran centre pairing Juan Martin Hernandez and Marcelo Bosch are selected in midfield, and there is also plenty of experience in the back row in the shape of Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Leonardo Senatore.

  • 0'

    Argentina face a daunting task as they are the first team to take on the defending champions, who have lost just three matches since lifting the Webb Ellis Cup on home soil four years ago. The last time the World Cup was played up north, Argentina finished third. They will be hoping to match that effort this time. The All Blacks and Argentina have played against each other 21 times with 20 wins to the All Blacks and a single draw. That playing history includes two Tests at Rugby World Cups: in pool play in 1987 and in the quarterfinal at RWC 2011.

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New Zealand Argentina
  • 2 Tries 1
    • 56' Aaron Smith
    • 66' Sam Cane
    • 20' Guido Petti Pagadizaval
  • 2 Conversions 1
    • 57' Daniel Carter
    • 66' Daniel Carter
    • 22' Nicolas Sanchez
  • 4 Penalties 3
    • 4' Daniel Carter
    • 10' Daniel Carter
    • 19' Daniel Carter
    • 40' Daniel Carter
    • 29' Nicolas Sanchez
    • 37' Nicolas Sanchez
    • 42' Nicolas Sanchez
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 2 Yellow Cards 1
    • 29' Richie McCaw
    • 36' Conrad Smith
    • 9' Pablo Matera
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Tony Woodcock
  • Dane Coles
  • Owen Franks
  • Brodie Retallick
  • Sam Whitelock
  • Jerome Kaino
  • Richie McCaw
  • Kieran Read
  • Aaron Smith
  • Daniel Carter
  • Julian Savea
  • Ma'a Nonu
  • Conrad Smith
  • Nehe Milner-Skudder
  • Ben Smith
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  • Marcos Ayerza
  • Agustin Creevy
  • Francisco Nahuel Tetaz
  • Guido Petti Pagadizaval
  • Tomas Lavanini
  • Pablo Matera
  • Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe
  • Leonardo Senatore
  • Tomas Cubelli
  • Nicolas Sanchez
  • Juan Imhoff
  • Juan Martin Hernandez
  • Marcelo Bosch
  • Santiago Cordero
  • Joaquin Tuculet
  • Keven Mealamu
  • Wyatt Crockett
  • Charlie Faumuina
  • Victor Vito
  • Sam Cane
  • TJ Perenara
  • Beauden Barrett
  • Sonny Bill Williams
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  • Julian Montoya
  • Lucas Noguera Paz
  • Ramiro Herrera
  • Mariano Galarza
  • Juan Manuel Leguizamon
  • Martin Landajo
  • Jeronimo De La Fuente
  • Lucas Amorosino

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