Historical: The Pumas beat the All Blacks for the first time in New Zealand

The Pumas meet the All Blacks (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)
The Pumas meet the All Blacks (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

Argentina rugby team surprised the world again in the game against the All Blacks. the strongest team in the world in this sport. In the game, which was played at Oregantheory Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand, the national team won 25-18 against the New Zealanders, as part of the third round of the rugby championship. In doing so, he achieved his second win in history against the Oceanic team (they repeated the November 2020 milestone when they triumphed in Sydney).

Before the game, the ceremony included the usual – but no less exciting – singing of hymns. After watching the New Zealanders’ haka, Los Pumas sang the verses of the Argentine anthem. Minutes later, they posted postcards of the emotional moment on their social media, highlighting: “The anthem is played and our chests swell with emotion. We all played along!” as if it were the prelude to what was to come.

Juan Cruz Mallia in action against the All Blacks (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)
Juan Cruz Mallia in action against the All Blacks (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)

In the 17th minute, Emiliano Boffelli put the Argentine team ahead with a penalty that hit the post and by a minimal margin, with the All Blacks scoring 5 and Los Pumas 6. However, minutes later there was ONE penalty for New Zealand and Richie Mo’unga gave the penalty advantage to the locals.

Despite knowing how to put themselves in front with a lot of focus and defense at Los Pumas, the All Blacks retaliated in the 26 minute when they failed to make a line and they managed to score a second try and at 15: 6 to position. But a few minutes later Julián Montoya got a penalty and Emiliano Boffelli made it 15:9 with a shot from 50 meters.

In the minutes that followed, Los Pumas continued to focus on a very tight game that narrowly ended its first period. Although the Argentine team was determined, the All Blacks attacked with more vigor and power They managed to finish the first half 15-12.

The second half started in Argentina’s favour, as Los Pumas scored a first try in the opening minutes that saw them position themselves better against the New Zealanders. From there, those commanded by Michael Cheika took a break. The main key of the game was defense as the locals could only add three points in the entire lineup.

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Formations:

New Zealand: Jordie Barrett; Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, David Havili and Caleb Clarke; Richie Mo’unga; Aaron Smith and Ardie Savea; Sam Cane (Captain) and Shannon Frizell; Scott Barrett and Sam Whitelock; Tyrel Lomax, Samisoni Taukei’aho and Ethan de Groot: Coaches: Ian Foster.

Argentina: Juan Cruz Mallia; Emiliano Boffelli, Matias Moroni, Matias Orlando and Lucio Cinti; Santiago Carreras and Gonzalo Bertranou; Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer and Juan Martin Gonzalez; Tomas Lavanini and Matias Alemanno; Joel Slave, Julián Montoya (captain) and Thomas Gallo. Coaches: Michael Cheika.

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