Argentina players take on the pitch. Photo Courtesy.

Argentina stun All Blacks for first win in 30 tests

All Blacks suffered the second straight defeat in the Tri-Nations after going down 25-15 to Argentina in the third clash played at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday.

It is Argentina’s first win over All Blacks in 30 tests. New Zealand had won 28 Tests and drawn one against Argentina in the last 29 meetings.

Nicolas Sanchez gave the Argentines a lead at the third minute via a penalty. All Blacks would level the scores after Richie Mo’unga’s penalty kick.

Argentina reclaimed the lead at 19th minute, after 16 phases Sanchez chipped over and the ball bounced horribly for Beauden and the rebound was collected by Sanchez who scored near the posts. A conversion ensured a 10-3.

The Pumas continued to build the scoreboard with Sanchez drilling in two penalties in the 26th and 33th minute to take a 16-3 to halftime break.

Eight minutes into the closing, Sanchez drilled in his fourth penalty to stretch the lead to 19-3.

All Blacks no jump lineout caught Pumas napping at the 53rd minute and Ardie Savea took the ball in and a fierce drive saw Sam Cane crash over for New Zealand’s opener.  Two more points from a conversion cut the gap to nine points.

Sanchez at the other end scored his fifth penalty for 22-10 scoreline. All Blacks efforts to land another try at the 65th minute ended after Ioane spilt the ball as he attempted to offload to Clarke.

Sanchez 77th minute penalty which he hit the target from 45 metres put the game beyond All Blacks.

A quick shift from the All Blacks in the dying minutes saw Barrett offload to Clarke who beat two to score his first test try but it was too late for the side to get a meaningful result from the game.

The two sides will face off again next Saturday.

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