All Blacks - Los Pumas, for the Rugby Championship: a thrashing like the good old days of New Zealand

A claiming action in accordance with the history and individual quality of New Zealand put a brake on the momentum they had taken the Cougars in the Rugby Championship. The resounding victory for 53-3 reflects the intensity printed by the All Blacks during the 80 minutes and the inability of the Argentines to adapt to adversity.

A week after the Pumas achieved the first success in their history on New Zealand soil, the locals reacted with his best performance of the year. The Argentines could never play comfortably under the pressure that the black team exerted in all facets of the game, especially at the point of contact, forcing losses with the defense and playing with fast ball in each attack. In addition, the visitors failed to adapt to the climatic conditions presented on the night of Hamiltoncon a lot of rain during the first halfand they committed countless driving errors; the All Blacks, on the other hand, seemed unaffected by that circumstance.

All Blacks vs. Compact the Cougars

The fourth of the largest victories in the history between the two selected leaves the New Zealanders at the top of the Rugby Championship standings before the match between Australia y South Africaone point above the Pumas, who have two games to face against the Springboksthe first of which will be in 14 days at the Vélez stadium.

Already the first play served as a sample of what the whole match was. Exit from New Zealand, knock-on from Tomás Lavanini, scrum, penalty, 3-0 in one minute. At 10, a bad kick from Santiago Carreras gave a scrum away from New Zealand, which forced the penalty, settled near in-goal and wasted no time in scoring the first try, the work of the prop Ethan De Groot.

As if the haka had taken effect, the All Blacks started overwhelmingly against the Pumas.Bruce Lim - Photosport

The Argentine fly-half had unsuccessful performance in driving, decision-making and use of the foot, in addition to suffering a heavy blow to the thigh. In the second half he entered Benjamin Urdapilletawhat he returned to the Pumas after three years and played his first game against the All Blacks. He wasn't fine on the kicks either, although he did get a good break.

In midweek statements the All Blacks hinted that they would use their feet much more. And so they did, but intelligently, not giving up the ball but giving themselves the chance to get it back, or at least put the Argentines under pressure. This is how they arrived, for example, at the second try, which ended up signing Caleb Clarke after a good aerial management of Will Jordan.

Booking, lackluster individual performance and other people's win: Tomás Lavanini did not have a good time in Hamilton, despite the fact that, according to his vision, the New Zealanders "did not do anything wow".MICHAEL BRADLEY - AFP

In the second half of the first half, the Pumas had a little more control and a couple of opportunities: one ended in frustration when they stole the ball from Thomas Gallo in full progress and in the next they had to settle for adding three (24-3 in 33 minutes). But the hunger of the men in black (like the level of deconcentration of the Argentines) was noticed in the following outing, which they recovered after putting tremendous pressure on reception, and thus got another try, from Rieko Ioane.

Another example of the difference in focus between the two teams occurred at the beginning of the second period. The Pumas had their chances with several minutes close to someone else's in-goal in which they forced penalties (and a yellow card), but did not get the try. John Martin Gonzalez and Lavanini came close to supporting. However, the action fizzled out, and in a lethal backlash initiated by Ioane, the most destabilizing of the matchcame the conquest of Jordie Barrett (34-3) who, with 20 minutes to play, sentenced the fate of the match.

Matías Orlando faces;  the Tucuman back replaced Lavanini at the scrum in the 10 minutes the second row spent off the pitch following the yellow card.
Matías Orlando faces; the Tucuman back replaced Lavanini at the scrum in the 10 minutes the second row spent off the pitch following the yellow card.UAR press

New Zealand had six defeats in the previous eight games, something that had happened just twice in its history (1928/30 and 1949). Coach Ian Foster was under enormous pressure, as was the captain, Sam Cane. The reaction was at the height of the most powerful nation in world rugby.

The All Blacks never let up and took advantage of the confusion of the Pumas, who without giving up the tackle were very far on the scoreboard and they had no emotional responses. There was time for three more conquests; the last one with four minutes added, proof of the hunger with which the locals played. Too much for an Argentine team that was far from the standard that he himself imposed.

Almost an optical illusion: a Franco-Argentine attack beating the New Zealand brand, led by Pablo Matera.
Almost an optical illusion: a Franco-Argentine attack beating the New Zealand brand, led by Pablo Matera.UAR press

The harsh defeat represents a strong blow to the pride of the Argentines and a brake on the good momentum they had taken since the assumption of Michael Cheika, in whose management – ​​it is worth repeating – they won a series in Argentina for the first time in 15 years (against Scotland), they achieved the largest victory in their history against a Tier 1 team (48-17 against Australia in San Juan ) and came from the first success in New Zealand. The chances of winning the contest are still alive. The sight, now, is set on recovering the mettle that identifies them and raised them to those achievements but that was absent at Waikato Stadium. Nothing better than doing it at home against the world champions, in two weeks.