The world champions were missing several regulars in Buenos Aires, particularly in the pack, with Joe Moody, Owen Franks, and captain Kieran Read among those absent and Luke Whitelock replaced by Ardie Savea shortly before kickoff after taking ill. It made little difference as the visiting All Blacks recovered from a shaky first five minutes to dominate a team who have still to record a win against them in 28 games. “We got better game management,” New Zealand coach Steve Hansen said. “I don’t know if we’re the finished product yet. They are a young team that were out there for large parts of tonight so it was pretty pleasing.” Backrow Savea was one of the best performers in just his second start and Ofa Tu’ungafasi also stepped up to excel on his first start at prop. Another back, Karl Tu’inukuafe, was perhaps New Zealand’s best player on the night, further underlining their strength in depth. The All Blacks, who bounced back from the defeat against South Africa two weeks ago to avoid a second consecutive loss for the first time since 2011, have been particularly clinical in the scrum in this Rugby Championship. They won all their nine scrums… Read full this story
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