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The third round of the Rugby Championship saw the All Blacks win their third victory in the event with a 57-22 rout of Argentina in New Zealand. Meanwhile, Australia bounced off their five game losing streak (Three to England, two to New Zeeland), with a tough 23-17 victory against South Africa.
Argentina caught the All Blacks flatfooted and scored a nifty try at the 2:15 mark in the first half, shocking the home town fans. Could this be the first ever Los Pumas win over the Rugby World Champions? The Argentineans stayed ahead until the 24th minute mark, and trailed close 24-20 after 50-minutes thanks to a resistant defense.
In the second half, New Zealand brought in fresh reserves and, within 14-minutes, scored four tries, three created by overlap offload opportunities.
The Wallabies achieved their first Test win after five losses, triumphing at home against a Springboks XV that had split the first two games with Argentina. South Africa forged ahead 14-3 but Australia soon made it 14-10, and then14-13. The Wallabies went ahead 16-14, after a short meter try under the posts that put them in the lead 23-14.
This weekend, the southern hemisphere action continues on September 17 when New Zealand host South Africa in Christchurch, and Australia host Argentina in Perth.
Results to date: New Zealand 3-0, Australia 1-2, South Africa 1-2, and Argentina 1-2.