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Rugby Champiosnhip Round 4

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