Watch Rugby Championship Live Streaming New Zealand All Blacks vs Argentina 2014 Online Broadcast every New Zealand All Blacks vs Argentina match will be broadcast From McLean Park, Napier, New Zealand, Rugby Championship New Zealand All Blacks vs Argentina game start Saturday 06 September 2014 Time 19:35 NZST.
New Zealand blasted Australia off Eden Park as they scored six tries in the 51-20 thumping which saw them retain the Bledisloe Cup. Argentina suffered late heart-break as Springboks first-five Morne Steyn kicked a 76th minute penalty to see his side snatch a 33-31 victory in Salta.
Ma’a Nonu has recovered from his shoulder injury and returns at second-five but the big changes to the All Blacks XV see Beauden Barrett start at No.10 and Israel Dagg return at fullback. Barrett gets his long-awaited chance because the All Blacks coaches are taking a cautious approach with Aaron Cruden who pulled a chest muscle in the Bledisloe II win. Dagg is being given an opportunity to re-stake his claim for the No.15 jersey after Ben Smith’s recent successes there. Smith will start on the right wing meaning Cory Jane misses out. The booming boot of Dagg at fullback will also be handy if the predicted wet weather hits Napier. In the reserves Colin Slade is in as Barrett’s back-up. Charlie Faumuina’s poor fitness and scrummaging have seen him miss out to Joe Moody and Jeremy Thrush gets the nod ahead of Steven Luatua because the All Blacks want specialist lock cover on the bench given Argentina are expected to really test the All Blacks set-piece.
Argentina have made just two changes to the starting XV that got so close to a maiden win two weeks ago. Pablo Matera is out with a dislocated shoulder and is a big loss. He has been replaced by Leonardo Senatore in the loose forwards, while big winger Manuel Montero misses out to the more experienced Horacio Agulla. Lucas Noguera Paz, Rodrigo Baez, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias and Juan Imhoff all come into the reserves.
This Test may not quite have the edge of a Bledisloe clash so the main focus is on whether the All Blacks can hit the heights they did at Eden Park. Argentina will push the All Blacks all the way in the set-piece but have also shown much more variety on attack and a willingness to give the ball some width in the opening two rounds. The weather will play its part so the All Blacks need to show they’ve learned the lessons from Sydney’s drab draw.
The biggest challenge for the All Blacks this week is not letting their standards drop and making sure they adapt better to the expected wet conditions than they did in Sydney. They know their set-piece will come under the blow torch after the Pumas gave the South Africans a touch up so there has been plenty of focus on the scrum, lineouts and mauls in the build-up. But Argentina are also starting to pose more of a threat out wide too with livewire fullback Joaquin Tuculet complemented well by wingers Lucas Gonzalez and Horacio Agulla. First-five Nicolas Sanchez and second-five Juan Martin Hernandez have been directing things well. Argentina have not won a match in the Rugby Championship yet, but are inching ever closer to one. It would be an upset of epic proportions if it came at McLean Park this weekend though. All Blacks by 15.
All blacks: Wyatt Crockett (29),Dane Coles (20),Owen Franks (59),Brodie Retallick (29),Samuel Whitelock (56),Liam Messam (33),Richie McCaw (c) (129),Kieran Read (64),Aaron Smith (31),Beauden Barrett (21),Julian Savea (24),Ma’a Nonu (92),Conrad Smith (78),Ben Smith (31),Israel Dagg (39)
Replacements: Keven Mealamu (115),Ben Franks (33),Joe Moody (1),Jeremy Thrush (5),Sam Cane (16),TJ Perenara (5),Colin Slade (11),Malakai Fekitoa
Argentina : 15-Joaquin Tuculet, 14-Horacio Agulla, 13-Marcelo Bosch, 12-Juan Martin Hernandez, 11- Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 10-Nicolas Sanchez, 9-Martin Landajo, 8-Leonardo Senatore, 7-Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6-Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 5-Tomas Lavanini, 4-Mariano Galarza, 3-Ramiro Herrera, 2-Agustin Creevy (captain), 1-Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16-Matias Cortese, 17-Lucas Noguera Paz, 18-Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19-Matias Alemanno, 20-Rodrigo Baez, 21- Tomas Cubelli, 22-Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23-Juan Imhoff.