All Blacks crush Argentina to all but secure Tri-Nations series

The All Blacks have all but secured the Tri Nations title following a 38-0 bonus-point victory over Argentina in Newcastle.

New Zealand’s five-try shut-out on Saturday night will leave the Wallabies and Pumas going through the motions in next week’s final match of the tournament.

The All Blacks jumped five points clear on the competition table after two tries in three minutes from replacement Will Jordan midway through the second half secured victory at McDonald Jones Stadium.

To snatch the trophy, the Wallabies will have to beat the Pumas by 101 points in Sydney, Alternatively, the Pumas must defeat the Wallabies by 93 points after conceding four second-half tries on Saturday night.

“We were not clinical. Too many errors when we got the ball,” said Pumas captain Pablo Matera. “Some silly mistakes in defence as well.”

After losing to Argentina and the Wallabies, the All Blacks entered the game on the back of two straight defeats for the first time since 2011. A third consecutive slip-up would have placed coach Ian Foster under immense pressure to keep his job.

But Jordan’s tries came after hooker Dane Coles crossed for the only five-pointer of the opening half to give the All Blacks a 10-0 lead at the break. Ardie Savea and Patrick Tuipulotu put the icing on the cake for the All Blacks.


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