ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Monday Aug 21, 2017

Rugby Championship 2017 - Round 1 wrap-up

The 2017 Rugby Championship got off to a flying start as New Zealand staked a claim for a fifth title in six years after a thumping 54-34 victory over Australia in Sydney. South Africa also got off to a winning start with a morale-boosting 37-15 win against Argentina in Port Elizabeth.

Catch up below with a quick wrap and highlights from both opening round Tests

AUSTRALIA 34 – 54 NEW ZEALAND

The manner in which the All Blacks dominated the opening half against the Wallabies will surely make the other teams in the competition tremble, especially Australia who make the trip to Forsyth Bar Stadium in Dunedin this coming weekend for round two.

New Zealand scored three tries inside seven minutes to virtually bury the match before half-time. Reiko Ioane and Ryan Crotty each bagged a brace after Liam Squire’s ninth minute opener.

Sonny Bill Williams’ short-range try compounded the Aussie misery as the Kiwis led 40-6 at the break.

Australia fought back in the second half with four tries in the last half an hour but the game was already well-lost. Head coach Michael Cheika will no doubt take at least some positives ahead of round two.

SOUTH AFRICA 37-15 ARGENTINA

This was an edgy affair for much of the encounter, with the boot of Elton Jantjies keeping the Springboks ahead after an excellent kick-and-chase try from Argentina scrum-half Martin Landajo.

Eventually Los Pumas faded and following on from their impressive 3-0 series win against France in June, South Africa needed no second opportunity to strike.

Two tries in a quarter of an hour – from Raymond Rhule and Siya Kolisi – maintained enough of an advantage either side of Emiliano Boffelli’s response.

Pieter-Steph du Toit’s late try put a finer gloss on a promising start to the campaign. The two sides meet again at the weekend, in Argentina.

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 149 WEEKS AGO

    scottish prop saves fire victim

  • 153 WEEKS AGO

    New Rugby X tournament insane

  • 181 WEEKS AGO

    Vunipola stands by his comments supporting...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Jero De La Fuente pulls Hamstring and uses it to score incredible try

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    Waisale Serevi: The greatest sevens player ever

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    David Campese: The Aussie all time great

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    The man who once raced a Cheetah: Bryan Habana

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Stormers Number Eight Evan Roos See's Yellow For Silly Incident

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Controversial Etzebeth Incident Still Being Debated

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Juan Imhoff Takes Full Power Frans Steyn Kick To The Face

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Springbok Fans Left Reeling At Officiating Despite Convincing Win

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Bundee Aki Shown Red Following Ludicrous Challenge

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Harlequins fans furious at refereeing decision that gives Exeter the win

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Worcester name 41-year-old academy coach in tonight's premiership cup clash

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy refereeing decision leads to All Blacks win

  • 5 WEEKS AGO

    Speculation rife after apparent handshake snub in All Blacks coaching box

View All

Funnies

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Rassie Erasmus Makes His Return To Rugby Stadiums

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Blue Bulls Chris Smit Knocks Himself Out Whilst Scoring

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    John Smit Shares Epic Bakkies Botha Story Highlighting Why Opponents Feared Him

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Heart-warming drop goal competition between Foster and Reece goes viral

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Streaker Tries To Distract Sharp Shooting Goal Kicker

View All

Amateur

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

  • 10 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Club House Antics Shows Rugby Spirit

  • 16 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: South African Schools Rugby Is On Fire

View All

Player Features

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    England winger returns from injury to make premiership debut for Leicester

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Bundee Aki faces huge ban following sending off

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Joe Simmonds addresses lack of form in honest interview

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby great Eddie Butler sadly passes away

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Graham Rowntree reacts to missing out on 2003 world cup in fascinating video

View All