Rugby Championship 2021 as it happened: Wallabies stun South Africa as All Blacks regain No.1 world ranking

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Rugby Championship 2021 as it happened: Wallabies stun South Africa as All Blacks regain No.1 world ranking

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That’s a wrap for this evening. There was certainly plenty to dissect.

For a Wallabies match report CLICK HERE

For an analysis piece from Sam Phillips CLICK HERE

We’ll have player ratings up shortly too on our mastheads, plus a match report of New Zealand’s win over Argentina.

Paul Cully will have a piece up tomorrow, while no doubt Wayne Smith will have a bit to say after that brilliant Wallabies showing up in Brisbane. His column will drop on Monday during the day.

See you next Saturday! Cheers

Izack Rodda, Darcy Swain and Folau Fainga’a on Saturday.

Izack Rodda, Darcy Swain and Folau Fainga’a on Saturday.Credit:Getty

All Blacks win!

A late try from Tupou Vaa’i under the sticks helps the All Blacks streak away for yet another victory.

The final scoreline is New Zealand 36, Argentina 13.

After South Africa’s earlier loss to the Wallabies, New Zealand are now the No.1 ranked team in the world. That will be confirmed in coming days.

However, that could all change very quickly. The All Blacks will go head-to-head with the Springboks in seven days’ time in Townsville. That will be must-watch viewing.

All Blacks have done enough

Six minutes remaining, New Zealand still have a 16-point lead. They’ll get the job done. Can they keep the bonus point?

They’ve just won a scrum penalty.

ARG 13 - 29 NZL after 74 minutes

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It’s a tough grind at the moment

Argentina win a penalty over the ball and have lifted in the last five minutes or so. They need a try as soon as possible though if they’re to have any chance of a miraculous win.

ARG 13 - 29 NZL

Juan Cruz Mallia takes a carry.

Juan Cruz Mallia takes a carry. Credit:Getty

Pumas hit back!

Just when you expect New Zealand to run away with it, Argentina hit back courtesy of Emiliano Boffelli for his team’s first try of the night.

It reduces the deficit to 16 points. Keep in mind the magic number is 15 if the All Blacks want to be officially crowned the world No.1 team tonight.

NZL 29-13 ARG after 54 minutes

TRY! All Blacks add another

Samisoni Taukei’aho has joined the party.

Remember what I was saying about taking three points against the All Blacks when trailing by multiple tries?

NZL 29-6 ARG after 47 minutes

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Argentina add three more

I suppose you have to take points when they’re on offer against the All Blacks.

But trailing 24-3, it’s interesting logic.

NZL 24-6 ARG after 43 minutes

Game on, again

We’re back under way at Suncorp Stadium.

The All Blacks are all over Argentina.

The All Blacks are all over Argentina.Credit:AP

I’m sure I’m not the only one praying for a contest in this second half.

In 120 minutes between these two teams so far, the All Blacks have barely left first gear.

TRY! Vaa’i adds another before the break

It wouldn’t be an All Blacks match without a New Zealand try before the break.

Relentless pressure turned into five points for Tupou Vaa’i, giving the Kiwis a 24-3 lead at the break.

Lucky the Wallabies’ win against the Springboks was an entertaining contest as this has been anything but.

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TRY! Perenara scores All Blacks’ second

A scrum five metres out gave TJ Perenara a running start and a perfect pass from Hoskins Sotutu hit the star halfback in stride.

The Pumas are struggling to stay with the All Blacks.

The Pumas are struggling to stay with the All Blacks.Credit:AP

He crashed through a hole on the Pumas’ line and scored the try the All Blacks deserved.

Like last week, the All Blacks look a class above so far.

NZL 17-3 ARG after 28 minutes

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