Sunday Sep 8, 2013

New Zealand victory over Argentina soured by injury to skipper McCaw

New Zealand victory over Argentina soured by injury to skipper McCaw
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Scrumhalf Aaron Smith scored twice as the All Blacks beat Argentina 28-13 in a wet and fairly scrappy Rugby Championship match in Hamilton. Victory came at a cost though as captain Richie McCaw picked up a knee injury and will be out for at least three weeks.

McCaw, who equalled Jason Leonard’s record as the most capped forward of all time, had his left knee bent under the pressure of teammate Charlie Faumuina in the 60th minute of the match. The medial ligament damage will keep him out of the crucial clash with the Springboks next weekend.

The All Blacks are hopeful that he’ll be available for the fixture against them in Johannesburg, but it’s more likely to be a case of aiming for the final Bledisloe Cup match against Australia.

“By the end of the week, we’ll have a pretty good idea, so hopefully, maybe, he might get the second South African game,” said coach Steve Hansen, who explained that McCaw won’t require surgery. “Doc’ thinks he will definitely get the third Bledisloe game.”

Other than that, they chalked up another win but it wasn’t the most fluid of performances, with some uncharacteristic errors being forced by not only the weather, but the pressure from a determinded and very physical Argentina side.

“It wasn’t a night for the backs so we won’t reflect too much on those kind of areas. We’ll look at things we can tidy up in our structures around the park,” Hansen added.

While Argentina scored early to the delight of neutrals everywhere, one of the highlights of the game for the home side, and fans around the world no doubt, will have been Kieran Read’s superb around the corner pass for Aaron Smith’s first try.

Smith added to it not long after, before Julian Savea crossed in the second half.

Highlights of the match are below, and you can view McCaw leading the Haka on page two

Richie McCaw leading the Haka in his 119th Test match

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  •  jimter10
    jimter10

    Argentina were good all in all. They gave away a couple of soft tries, but ABs will always find a way. Argentina's defence, intensity at the ruck and some of their scrums was formidable. I think they prefer not having the put in and just having an 8 man shove. I live in NZ and people were phoning into the radiosport and predicting that all the backs would score and most of the forwards. I can't wait for Argentina to edge on against NZ. We'll start with Australia hopefully....

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  • This was mostly average from the ABs with flashes of brilliance. Too many mistakes... Can't afford those against SA. No McCaw next week. Will be a hard match I think less than 5 in it.

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