Six classic All Blacks v Argentina clashes

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Andy Burt     26 Sep 2017     Getty Images

1985: Deadlock in Buenos Aires
In just the second Test match played between New Zealand and Argentina, the All Blacks clung on for a 21-21 draw in Buenos Aires. After running in four first half tries (tries were worth four points in 1985), it looked like the All Blacks would romp home before Argentina’s legendary first five-eighth Hugo Porta almost stole the show. Porta kicked all 21 of Argentina’s points with four penalties and three drop goals to secure the memorable draw. For the All Blacks, it took a lone Kieran Crowley penalty in the second half to avoid defeat.


2001: Razor’s edge
The All Blacks got out of jail against Argentina in 2001 with a last gasp Scott ‘Razor’ Robertson try preventing a historic victory for the Pumas. After trading tries in the first half, the Pumas were spurred on by a 70,000 strong home crowd and the play making abilities of half back Agustin Pichot to lead 20-17 with just a couple of minutes left on the clock. Needing a try to take the lead, Andrew Mehrtens combined with fullback Ben Blair to put Robertson over in the corner and break Argentine hearts.

2006: All Blacks hold firm
It was another nail biter in Buenos Aires as the All Blacks dug deep to hang on to a 25-19 win over the Pumas in 2006. After trailing by one point at halftime, a Scott Hamilton try and Dan Carter penalty extended the All Blacks lead to 25-19 before fullback Leon McDonald was yellow carded in the 70th minute to set up a nail biting finale. Argentina staged a full blown attack on the 14-man All Blacks but couldn’t break through as the visitors came away with the six point victory.

2012: Rugby Championship welcome
Argentina announced their long awaited arrival in the Rugby Championship with a powerful performance against the All Blacks in Wellington. With wet and windy conditions in the capital, the Pumas stunned the All Blacks when Rodrigo Roncero barged over for the first try of the match. Up by just one point at halftime, the All Blacks finally took control of the match when Argentina’s Julio Faraia Cabello was yellow carded in the 58th minute to allow local stars Julian Savea and Cory Jane to cross for tries. Although the final score was a comfortable 21-5 victory to the All Blacks, it was a performance that showed Argentina deserved to be on the Rugby Championship stage. 
2015: Rugby World Cup classic
In front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium in London, Argentina pushed the eventual Rugby World Cup champions to the brink in the opening match of the tournament for both teams. Argentina were combative upfront and expansive out wide to lead the All Blacks at halftime with a 12-13. A penalty early in the second half to Nicolas Sanchez pushed the lead to 16-12 before the All Blacks struck with tries to Sam Cane and Aaron Smith to take secure a nail biting 26-16 victory and set the winning tone for their campaign.

2017: New Plymouth Nailbiter
The All Blacks were made to come from behind, and a man down, in the second half to take out a passionate Argentina side in New Plymouth. Argentine first five-eighth Nicolas Sanchez was at his clinical best with two penalties, a drop goal and a converted try to help Argentina to a 22-15 lead at the 50 minute mark. The All Blacks were sparked into life by a brilliant individual try to Vaea Fifita and didn’t look back once restored to 15 men in running away to a 39-22 victory.