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Rugby-New Zealand mark title with crushing first half in 36-10 win
October 1, 2017 / 12:52 AM / 22 days ago

Rugby-New Zealand mark title with crushing first half in 36-10 win

BUENOS AIRES, Sept 30 (Reuters) - Holders New Zealand celebrated their fifth Rugby Championship in six years with four tries in a devastating first half to beat Argentina 36-10 at Velez Sarsfield on Saturday.

The All Blacks had retained their crown earlier in the day when South Africa were left without a chance of catching them in their final meeting next week after being held to a 27-27 draw by Australia in Bloemfontein.

Captain Kieran Read scored two tries as his team led 29-3 at the interval but earned one of two All Black yellow cards, the other going to Matt Todd, in a ragged second half for his team as the Pumas recovered from their poor, undisciplined first half when they had lock Tomas Lavanini sin binned.

Wing Waisake Naholo and fullback Damian McKenzie also scored first half tries as Argentina replied with a try from 80-cap veteran Juan Manuel Leguizamon and kept the All Blacks out until debutant David Havili went over for his side’s fifth after the fulltime hooter. (Reporting by Rex Gowar; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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