Argentina revel in All Blacks shock after emotional virus-hit journey

Argentina revel in All Blacks shock after emotional virus-hit journey

Argentina recorded a first win over New Zealand at the 30th time of asking with a 25-15 Tri-Nations tournament victory in Sydney.

Foster, his new coaching staff and leadership group have plenty of areas to confront before their chance to seek revenge on the Pumas in two weeks, in their final test of the year. "Some of the players haven't seen their families for four months and they haven't complained once, they've always been positive".

It clearly didn't affect France-based fly-half Nicolas Sanchez, their standout player who scored all the Pumas' 25 points - a try, a conversion, and six penalties.

Mario Ledesma's side were given virtually no chance ahead of the Tri Nations match in Sydney after the coronavirus hindered their preparations to just two low-key practice games.

In only his second test start in the No.10 jersey, Hodge was instrumental in Australia's 24-22 win over the All Blacks and with James O'Connor still battling a knee injury, he was hopeful he could retain it for the McDonald Jones Stadium clash.

It had been over nine years and 118 Tests, going back to August 2011 and some wholesale squad rotation in the build-up to their home Rugby World Cup, since New Zealand last lost twice in a row.

Argentina players on the field after beating the All Blacks
Argentina players celebrate the historic victory

Unlike Australia and New Zealand, Argentina did not have a Super Rugby competition to help them prepare.

Former All Blacks coach John Hart says players should be blamed and not Ian Foster for the All Blacks two losses.

"We are really proud of this team and of our country".

"We had a BBQ last night after a big training day and a few boys were discussing how tough a challenge they are going to be".

It didn't take long for Richie Mo'unga to level the scores but Argentina were playing well, stringing together plenty of phases.

That only got harder when the boot of the irrepressible Sanchez earned Argentina another three points soon after the restart. Caleb Clarke crossed over the line late on, but it was mere consolation for a New Zealand team which remains top of the Rugby Championship table.

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