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New Zealand continued its dominance of Australia, defeating the Wallabies 42-8. Six All Blacks scored tries as the Kiwi side continued its unbeaten run since winning the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
The All Blacks led 32-3 at the break after a first period which saw three Aussies leave the pitch with injuries. Coach Steve Hansen’s side moved further ahead of second place England in World Rugby’s ranking, creating a 6.81 gap.
The contest opened the first round of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship.
Meanwhile in South Africa, the third-ranked Springboks came from behind to defeat pesky Argentina 30-23. Los Pumas led at the break 13-10, and were ahead 23-13 in the second half. But South Africa fought back with 17 points, including a late try from Warren Whitely. The South Africa kicker Elton Jantjies knocked over three penalty kicks and three conversions.
The four teams resume play in the second contest this Saturday, August 27.