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402 Days After Last Test, Argentina Beat All Blacks For The First Time Ever

402 Days After Last Test, Argentina Beat All Blacks For The First Time Ever

For the first time in their history, Argentina have defeated the All Blacks in test rugby.

The Pumas scored a comprehensive victory over their accomplished opponents, defeating them 25-15 in the neutral surroundings of the BankWest Stadium in Western Sydney.

Argentina had out-half Nicolas Sanchez to thank for their scoring, with the Stade Francais player scoring all of Argentina's 25 points. Sanchez scored a beautiful chip and chase try in the first half, coupled with three penalties in order to give Argentina a 16-3 lead at the break.

Despite Sam Cane going over for New Zealand in the 53rd minute, the Pumas rallied with Sanchez in control, eventually extending the lead to 15 points.

A consolation try at the death from Caleb Clarke couldn't take the shine off one of the greatest days in Argentine rugby.

For the All Blacks, it marks a continuation of a miserable week of rugby. Last week, they fell 24-22 to Australia in an ill-tempered clash. The fallout to that match led to several commentators losing the run of themselves, with calls for the abolishment of the red card from 1987 World Cup winner John Kirwan.

This defeat against Argentina marks the first time New Zealand have lost two tests in a row since 2011. The last time the All Blacks lost two test matches in a row was against South Africa and Australia in the 2011 Tri Nations tournament.

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However, the day belongs to Argentina.

It's been 402 days since the Pumas last test match, with their last test match being their final pool game of last year's World Cup against the USA.

The squad had endured a long wait to resume their test careers, with the majority of 2020 spent training at home in anticipation of rugby's return.

Today, they made history.

Over the last six years, the Pumas have achieved their first victories over Australia and South Africa. Now, they've achieved the biggest scalp of all.

Watch the full highlights below:

Sean Meehan

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