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The Rugby Championship (formerly, the Tri-Nations southern hemisphere tournament) completed its fourth round of play with New Zealand leading South Africa and Australia by six-points in the standings.
The All Blacks escaped with the narrowest of victories against the Springboks 14-10 in Wellington last weekend. NZ Captain Richie McCaw scored his 25th rest match try. The Boks led 7-6 at the break but a late score by New Zealand tipped the home side in for the win.
In the other contest, Australia defeated an improving Argentina side 32-25, the game played at the Gold Coast in Australia. Of note – and some concern – was that this game produced the smallest test match crowd in a century of only 14,281 spectators.
The Pumas, playing in their third year of this southern hemisphere event, trailed 29-13 after an hour but rallied for two second half tries to narrow the gap to 32-25.
All four teams conclude the tournament with two more games to be played September 27 and October 4.
The Standings – Rugby Championship 2014
Team Played Won Draw Lost Points
New Zealand 4 3 1 0 16
South Africa 4 2 0 2 10
Australia 4 2 1 1 10
Argentina 4 0 0 4 0