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New Zealand vs Argentina LIVE rugby: Latest updates from Rugby Championship


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New Zealand and Argentina are looking to capitalise on their recent wins in the Rugby Championship when they face each other in Christchurch this morning

The All Blacks banished their losing streak with a brutal victory over South Africa in the last round and Argentina overcame Australia. The win for New Zealand saw their head coach Ian Foster being backed until the end of the World Cup next year and Argentina’s victory gave new boss Michael Cheika more plaudits.

Cheika has spoken about the pressure Foster will be under but says the coach will be enjoying it. “He’ll be loving it, even when it’s tough mate, it doesn’t matter,” he explained. “That comes with the territory of footy. It gets tough. It’s a brilliant position to have, it’s a great honour if you are in it, and you love it, you get to go out and be involved in footy every day. It doesn’t matter how tough it gets, it’s part of the game, just like when you were a player.”

Follow all the action from the Test between the All Blacks and the Pumas with our live blog below after the conclusion of Australia vs South Africa:

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On to New Zealand vs Argentina…

It’s a busy morning – we’ve barely time to draw breath before the second game of the day, international rugby returnin to Christchurch as New Zealand host Argentina. The All Blacks got back on track with a win in South Africa, but they will be wary of a dangerous visiting side who have already beaten them during this World Cup cycle.

The players are strapping on the final bits of tape in the changing rooms.

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FULL TIME! AUSTRALIA 25-17 SOUTH AFRICA

An excellent win for Australia, a much-improved defensive showing and a significantly more clinical performance in attack. They had to really cling on at times in the first half as South Africa flexed their muscular might, and on another day might have been more harshly punished for their ill discipline, but two tries from the outstanding Fraser McReight and another for the impressive Marika Koroibete power them to victory.

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FULL TIME! AUSTRALIA 25-17 SOUTH AFRICA

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TRY! Australia 25-17 SOUTH AFRICA (Kwagga Smith try, 80 minutes)

And South Africa narrow the margin of defeat on the hooter – a second for Kwagga Smith, furrowing a path between the legs of the Australian players after another quick tap.

Jaden Hendrikse drop-kicks the conversion, but there’s not enough time for a restart.

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Yellow card! Rob Valetini is sent to the sin bin! Australia 25-10 South Africa, 79 minutes

Not for the first time today, it was one of the big lumbering locks slicing Australia open, Eben Etzebeth cutting a gorgeous line and deep into enemy territory.

Australia infringe at the ruck, and then again in the next passage – Rob Valetini won’t finish the game.

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Australia 25-10 South Africa, 78 minutes

Australia are awarded a penalty inside the South Africa half, and go in search of a try that would regain them the bonus point lost due to that Smith score. Hunter Paisami is stood up in a firm double tackle, a relatively rare occurrence, but one that allows South Africa to win a penalty.

Can the Springboks finish with a flourish?

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Australia 25-10 South Africa, 76 minutes

Oddly, we spend a couple of minutes checking a potential deliberate knock on from Noah Lolesio far in advance of the scoring of the try. Lolesio’s slap back had been ruled not to have gone forward on the field, and there’s no evidence otherwise on any of the replays. On we go!

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TRY! Australia 25-10 SOUTH AFRICA (Kwagga Smith try, 75 minutes)

At last South Africa score! Australia never quite settled things down, and there are spaces apparent as South Africa win back the ball inside the Australian half.

The two replacement props combine, Steven Kitshoff pivoting delightfully to send Vincent Koch stomping into space, Koch popping for Kwagga Smith, who grounds underneath the posts.

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Australia 25-3 South Africa, 74 minutes

Lukhanyo Am shakes free of two tacklers as he angles back against the grain, stepping out of another as he enters the 22. But Australia scramble bodies back and just about survive.

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Australia 25-3 South Africa, 73 minutes

A rare glimpse of Makazole Mapimpi in space as he rounds a stumbling Tom Wright on the left wing, but his chip ahead is too far infield.

Australia are soon penalised at a ruck, though, and Jaden Hendrikse wastes little time restarting play.

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