All Blacks Sweep Away The Competition

The All Blacks secured their 16th consecutive test victory as they clean-swept the Rugby Championship, while the injury laden Wallabies turned in a courageous performance to beat the Pumas in Argentina and snatch second place in the tournament.

Starved of possession for much of the first half, the All Blacks found themselves 10-nil down early on, but struck back with tries to Sam Whitelock and Aaron Smith, to enter the sheds trailing 16-12.

In the second spell the World Champions were simply too clinical, taking points when they were on offer and finishing try-scoring opportunities when they presented themselves. While the Springboks played with more enterprise than they displayed in the first half of the tournament, the 32-16 win to New Zealand was an accurate reflection of an entertaining game.

Australia found themselves logged as underdogs with the bookies as they patched together a side and travelled to Rosario to face the Pumas. It was a tense, mistake-ridden match, with all first half points coming from penalty goals.

The Wallabies never really looked like losing this one, and although the hosts got within 6 points with 3 minutes remaining they lacked the flair and cohesion to create one more try, and the Aussies deserved their win, in doing so claiming second spot in the Championship on points differential from the ‘Boks.