TRY! Argentina 0-17 New Zealand (Savea 53)
Half-time: Argentina 0-10 New Zealand
at 4.42am EST
Penalty! Argentina 0-10 New Zealand (Mo’unga 17)
TRY! Argentina 0-7 New Zealand (Coles 12)
at 4.46am EST
at 4.48am EST
All Blacks XV
Hello everybody and welcome to live coverage of Argentina v New Zealand on matchday five of the 2020 Tri-Nations series. Kick-off at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle is at 7.45pm local time.
A fortnight since the high-water mark of South American rugby Los Pumas are back to prove they are no one-hit wonders against the All Blacks. But with a much changed squad and an opponent desperate for revenge, tonight’s prospect is a daunting one.
It has been a rough month or so for the All Blacks, and coach Ian Foster especially, after suffering back-to-back defeats to the Wallabies and then Argentina. Victory is the least a restless supporter base expects but anything less than a comprehensive thrashing will do little to quieten the discontent that has built up since the 2019 World Cup favourites bowed out in the semi-finals 13 months ago. If New Zealand contrive to lose three in a row for the first time since 1998 there is a risk the Shaky Isles might convulse free of their moorings and drift off into the South Pacific.
The clash at a sweltering McDonald Jones Stadium in New South Wales is the penultimate fixture the hastily arranged Tri-Nations series. With two matches to go all three teams are level on six points apiece with the All Blacks topping the standings courtesy of points difference.