NEW PLYMOUTH, New Zealand, Sept 9 (Reuters) - A sensational try by rookie flanker Vaea Fifita was the catalyst for the All Blacks to rally past Argentina for a 39-22 bonus-point victory in the Rugby Championship clash at Taranaki Regional Stadium on Saturday.
The lanky Fifita, making his first start in his second test, was put into space from 35-metres out and outsprinted the Argentina backline to get the 14-man All Blacks back into the game with 30 minutes remaining.
The try levelled the scores at 22-22 and halted the momentum of the Pumas, who until that point had looked like they could cause a major upset and secure their first victory over New Zealand in 25 attempts.
The All Blacks, who had Beauden Barrett in the sinbin for a professional foul when Fifita crossed, added two more tries through Damian McKenzie and Barrett to keep them top of the standings heading into next week’s clash with the Springboks. (Writing by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Editing by Nick Mulvenney)