Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

ARGY-BARGY: ALL Blacks 67 Los Pumas 19

ALL Black power rode rough-shod over Argentinian aggro at Jade Stadium tonight with the Anton Oliver led New Zealand pack paving the way for an impressive 10 try, 67-19 victory over a tough Puma XV.


Despite early ruffles at scrum-time the All Black eight took control of the ball from the outset and with the hardened Puma front-row failing to dominate, as they hoped, the New Zealanders soon began to asset their superiority.


Tana Umaga was the first to benefit from his forward's surging drives when he crossed the opening score. And even at this stage, despite valiant Argentinian efforts, it was apparent the men in black were looking forward to an inspirational performance.


With Norm Maxwell ruling the lineout and the All Black defence forcing turnovers ample possession from phase to phase saw strapping lock Troy Flavell charging, stag-like, with the ball in hand on several bullocking runs and his emergence as a runner in the mode of Colin Meads re-incarnate will have Tony Gilbert licking his lips.

Another young All Black to shine was debutant No-8 Jerry Collins whose rugged no-nonsense 100 percent work-rate shone brighter as the game wore on.

Unfortunately the saddest sight of the game was the wunderkind from Cannon's Creek being helped off with a painful shoulder injury only to shrug off the pain to re-enter the fray only to break-down again to be replaced and face the tragic of possibility of being out injured for the test against France in his Wellington home town next week.



Despite Collins demise the All Black's maintained their dominance and following Umaga's try the Jade crowd was treated to further two five pointers from Pita Alatini and another to Taine Randell.

All these trys resulted from excellent phase to phase continuity featuring powerful surges, deft passes and jinky runs that simply left the Pumas defence in their wake.

Resuming the half leading 29-14 the All Blacks still had to fully assert their authority but were soon to put the boot to the throat after being inspired mid-way through the half by an ugly act of violence by Pumas loosehead Roberto Grau who run in and kneed the in-form Flavell in the ribs sidelining him with a possible break.

Grau was sin-binned but the All Blacks were seething and turned up the power to end the half with six outstanding trys to one.


Included among the All Blacks crossing the Puma line were Flavell's replacement the rangy Cantabrian Chris Jack; tearaway openside Mary Holah; hard-running fullback Leon 'Rangi' MacDonald; pacy three-quarter Doug Howlett and Jeff Wilson scored a brace to take his total to record equalling 42.


And while the superiority of the All Blacks was obvious the Pumas struggled hard for eighty minutes and that they were so outclassed was a reflection on the calibre of the New Zealand effort rather than the weakness of the Argentine challenge.


After an away victory over the Springbok the French opposition next week is sure to be a class above the South Americans and Wayne Smith will take heart from a very positive All Black display.

In addition to Collins and Flavell the skipper Oliver was outstanding as was half-back Justin Marshall while at centre and lock Umaga and Maxwell proved their world class and if both can go on they will certainly be extremely influential in harder games to come.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 

Scoop 3.0 Update & Membership Sale: The End Of ‘Objectivity’ In Journalism

2019 looks like it might well be another really bad, terrible, not so good year for the traditional journalism model globally... on the positive side, smaller independent players with innovative digital models and a more open approach like our ScoopPro service look likely to be more relevant than ever. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On America’s ‘Green New Deal’

‘Socialism’ is more of a political scare word than an objective condition. Even in the US, as Nate Silver’s 538 website pointed out this week there is polling evidence that modern Americans are inclined to treat socialism as meaning ‘equality’ rather than the ‘government ownership or control’ that Americans understood the term to mean back in the 1940s... More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Listening To Ocasio-Cortez About Tax

In its attitudes to tax, New Zealand has been the last colonial outpost of Thatcherism. Change, however, may be in the air. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Nelson Fire And Climate Change

The Nelson fire has been a useful warning of things to come, given how climate change will (a) increase the likelihood of reduced rainfall and drought-like conditions in many parts of New Zealand, which – obviously – will raise (b) the fire danger and (c) the cost of providing the communities at risk with the enhanced firefighting capabilities that they’re going to need. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog