All Blacks effectively win Tri-Nations as 38-0 win over Argentina gives them huge lead over Wallabies and Pumas



The All Blacks have effectively won the Tri-Nations rugby, with their 38-0 win over Argentina putting them five competition points ahead of the Pumas and the Wallabies.

The only game left is next week’s clash between Australia and Argentina and with four points awarded for a win, a bonus-point victory would not be enough for either side.

Even if one of them matched the All Blacks on two wins and 11 competition points the tiebreaker would come down to point differential, where New Zealand holds a 92-point lead over Argentina and a 100-point lead over the Wallabies.

So, unless some records are smashed in next Saturday’s clash at Parramatta Stadium, the All Blacks have won the Tri-Nations trophy.

And they secured the silverware in emphatic fashion, running in five tries against Argentina to nab the bonus point in Newcastle.

It was revenge for the All Blacks, who were shocked by Pumas in their match two weeks ago.

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Wallabies hold on for 15-15 draw against Argentina in Tri-Nations



Australia has blown a golden opportunity to win the Tri-Nations title after coughing up a lead against Argentina to draw the match 15-15 in Newcastle.

The Wallabies led 15-6 after an hour of play, but the Pumas finished with three penalty goals late in the game to move into pole position to claim the trophy.

Australia and Argentina joined New Zealand in a three-way tie on six points on the competition table, but the unbeaten Pumas have two games to play compared to one each for the Wallabies and All Blacks.

Just as he did against New Zealand two weeks ago, Reece Hodge looked like he had booted the Wallabies to victory at Hunter Stadium on Saturday night.

But after nailing his first five penalty goals, the sharp-shooting fly half missed his chance to put the Pumas away three minutes from fulltime in a try-less and spiteful encounter.

Desperate to back up their historic win over the All Blacks last week, the Pumas used every trick in the book to try to unsettle the Wallabies, even some hair-pulling from captain Pablo Matera.

In the end it almost worked, with Nicolas Sanchez matching Hodge’s five penalties to earn the Pumas a share of the points.

The Wallabies dominated the first half in almost every department, yet only went to the break with a three-point advantage thanks to a 40th-minute penalty goal from Hodge.

They had the bulk of possession, double the carries, quadruple the metres gained, and four line breaks to one but were unable to convert the pressure on the Pumas into a substantial lead.

Jordan Petaia was brilliant at times and almost pulled off a spectacular somersaulting try only to put his foot on the dead-ball line before grounding the ball from a Hunter Paisami grubber.

Marika Koroibete also had a try overruled by the third match official because of a forward pass from fullback Tom Banks to the flying winger on the stroke of halftime.

The match erupted in the 38th minute when Wallabies prop Taniela Tupou and Pumas fly half Sanchez traded blows, but New Zealand referee Paul Williams opted against using the sin bin.

His cards stayed in his pocket once more moments later, when Pumas hooker Julian Montoya avoided a yellow card for blatantly killing the ball in a ruck as the Wallabies pounded their tryline in the run-up to the break.

Montoya only received a warning, which he did not heed, leaving Williams with no choice but to dismiss Argentina’s number two for having his hands in the ruck shortly after halftime.

Hodge nailed the ensuing penalty attempt, then another in the 57th minute to give the Wallabies a 15-6 buffer and breathing space for the first time all night.

But it was not enough.

The Pumas play the All Blacks next week in Newcastle before meeting the Wallabies again in two weeks in Sydney in a game that could decide the tournament.

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Wallabies vs Argentina in Newcastle, 7:45pm AEDT, live on Fox Sports — Wallabies captain Michael Hooper insists his side will not be taking the Pumas lightly on Saturday night in Newcastle, particularly after the South American outfit’s shock win over the All Blacks last week.

Argentina stunned New Zealand 25-15 in its opening match of the Tri-Nations, blowing the tournament wide open and keeping the Wallabies’ title ambitions alive.

Dave Rennie’s side has one win and one loss in the Tri-Nations thus far and can move to the top of the ladder if it beats Argentina tonight. The Pumas would also move to the top of the ladder if it beat Australia. A loss would effectively end the Wallabies’ title hopes.

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Wallabies vs Argentina, Tri-Nations 2020, rugby news: Australia ready for Michael Cheika reunion


Skipper Michael Hooper pinpointed playmaker Nicolas Sanchez, along with former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, as threats Friday as Australia look to avoid the embarrassing fate of New Zealand when they face Argentina.

Australia head into Saturday’s Tri Nations sellout clash against the Pumas in Newcastle, north of Sydney, buoyed by upsetting the All Blacks a fortnight ago.

But Argentina’s even more stunning 25-15 victory over Ian Foster’s men last week quickly blew away any Australian complacency.

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NRL 2020: Michael Cheika to coach Lebanon at Rugby League World Cup 2021, Wallabies, Argentina, Tri-Nations


Michael Cheika will take on his first head coaching role since the Wallabies, and his first in rugby league, by becoming Lebanon’s boss next year.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the former Wallabies coach will lead Lebanon into the Rugby League World Cup in England.

Cheika, whose parents were born in Lebanon, told the publication that it is an “unbelievable opportunity” for him to represent where his family comes from.

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Wallabies vs Argentina, Tri-Nations 2020, Australia rugby: Michael Cheika reunion coming for Pumas


Former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika could come back to haunt his old team on Saturday as he tries to help Argentina pull off their second straight upset after last week’s stunning win over New Zealand.

The Pumas are riding high after their 25-15 Tri Nations defeat of the All Blacks last week in Sydney, with a brickwall defence helping them to their first win over the three-time world champions.

Dave Rennie’s Australia are now in their sights in Newcastle, as they hunt for their first back-to-back wins against Tier 1 opposition since defeating Italy and France in June 2016.

A loss will surely be a bitter pill to swallow for the Wallabies, who axed Cheika after the 2019 World Cup after years of poor results.

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Wallabies vs Argentina, Tri-nations 2020, Australia Rugby team, Dave Rennie recalls Scott Sio


Coach Dave Rennie Thursday showed faith with the backline that helped the Wallabies upset the All Blacks, but injured prop James Slipper will be missing for their Tri Nations clash with Argentina.

Australia stunned New Zealand 24-22 a fortnight ago in Brisbane, with Reece Hodge impressing as playmaker in the absence of James O’Connor and Matt To’omua.

Both those players remain injured with Hodge keeping the number 10 shirt in an unchanged backs combination boasting Nic White, Marika Koroibete, Tom Wright and Tom Banks.

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Wallabies go hard to win Tri-Nations title


Liam Wright says Lachie Swinton’s all-or-nothing approach is the blueprint for whoever wears the Wallabies No.6 jersey in Saturday’s Tri-Nations clash with Argentina in Newcastle.

The Pumas back-row, led by inspirational skipper Pablo Matera, kept the All Blacks back-peddling during their shock 25-15 win last round.

With hooker Julian Montoya also chiming as a pseudo backrower and their tight five dominating tackles, New Zealand struggled for momentum.

Queensland captain Wright predicted more of the same from the Pumas in their McDonald Jones Stadium match.

“For us to get quick breakdown ball we will have to target their back-row definitely and make sure we win that contact battle for the carry otherwise it’s going to be a long day,” Wright said on Monday.

“They are going to slow up our ball and it’s hard to get go-forward.

“Their back row is quite a big row, they’ve got some bruising tacklers and they were good over the ball so it’s going to make for an interesting match up but I think our boys are ready for it.”

Making his Test debut in Brisbane against the All Blacks, Swinton only lasted 35 minutes before he was red-carded for a high tackle and is suspended for the remainder of the tournament.

But Wright said his physicality and aggression, minus the red card, was what coach Dave Rennie wanted to see.

“What Dave is looking for at No.6 is a lot of physicality and impact on the game.

“We’re looking for guys to come in like Swins (Swinton) did and just fly in and rip in.

“I thought he was really good, until that card, and put in a lot of effort and had a lot of dominant contact.

“I think the other main thing for that six role is just the set piece … and shoring that against Argentina is really important as well.”

Wright came off the bench in the Suncorp Stadium victory while he has already had a taste of the Pumas as part of the Australia A side who fell to an understrength side in a warm-up match.

World Cup No.8 Isi Naisarani was a stand-out in the Pumas second trial match victory, scoring two tries to put up his hand for selection after originally been omitted from the squad.





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Rugby tri-nations 2020, All Blacks, Ofa Tuungafasi suspended


All Blacks prop Ofa Tuungafasi was suspended for three playing weeks Wednesday for a dangerous tackle in last week’s match against Australia, meaning he will miss the remainder of the Tri Nations tournament.

Tuungafasi was red-carded for a reckless hit on Wallaby number 14 Tom Wright during the November 7 match in Brisbane, during which Australian flanker Lachie Swinton was also sent off for a high tackle.

The competition’s governing body, SANZAAR, had already suspended Swinton for four weeks, and said Tuungafasi’s lighter ban was because of his quick guilty plea and clean record.

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