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Rugby Championship: New Zealand come from behind to beat Argentina

Rugby Championship: New Zealand come from behind to beat Argentina

A man down after Beauden Barrett's yellow card, speedy blindside Vaea Fifita repaid the faith of coach Steve Hansen to gallop over in his first Test start.

The All Blacks may have made a ideal start to the Rugby Championship but they have only briefly looked like world champions leaving coach Steve Hansen unimpressed as they prepare to face arch-rivals South Africa next weekend.

"He's not the finished product, there's a long way to go before he does that, it's a big tank with plenty in it".

"He's off to get an X-ray and it looks like he'll probably have to have an operation", Hansen said.

In a less than convincing performance, the world champions won 39-22, maintaining their 100 per cent record in the tournament and moving back to the top of the table after South Africa could only draw 23-23 with Australia. "We certainly had to work for that. I'm really pleased with the way the boys stuck at it".

"Again it was a great game for us to learn about ourselves", Hansen added.

"Being put under pressure by linespeed is good for us".

"We're trying to play this brand of rugby that everyone wants us to play but sometimes that's going to force errors and we've just got to get better at it", he said.

Argentina fly-half Nicolas Sanchez gave his side a 22-15 lead with about 30 minutes remaining, but Fifita's blistering pace then lifted the home side and they finally took the sort of control over the game that had been expected.

Pumas scrum-half Tomas Cubelli concedes that a spirited Argentina were overwhelmed by the All Blacks' late surge.


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