After an enthralling start to the Rugby Championship, round two saw the return fixtures. Here's the best of the action...
Argentina exacted revenge on the Springboks in Salta, a week after a 78th-minute try cost them victory in their first meeting.
The Pumas scored the first try of the game, through Joaquin Tuculet, who was the recipient of a well-worked handling move that began on the halfway line. Not to be outdone, though, South Africa‘s Francois Louw guided a back-door pass into the hands of Bryan Habana at the start of the second half to level the scores at 13-13.
Argentina’s second try was scored by Juan Manuel Leguizamon, after the flanker rose to claim a cross-field kick to dot down in the corner. But it was cancelled out when a South African maul spearheaded by Pieter-Steph du Toit crashed over the Puma line in the 67th minute.
The Boks had a one-point lead with three minutes to go thanks to a Morne Steyn penalty, but Argentina replacement Santiago Iglesias Gonzalez slotted a late penalty to give his side a historic 24-23 victory.
The All Blacks started the second round of the Rugby Championship against Australia in Wellington much like they ended the first.
Israel Dagg scampered over the Wallaby whitewash seven minutes into the Bledisloe Cup match, after a sniping run from Aaron Smith ignited the Kiwi back-line.
Two penalty kicks from Bernard Foley closed the gap to four points, but it wasn’t enough to halt the All Blacks’ momentum. Constant running from big ball-carriers and quick delivery from rucks enabled Beauden Barrett to carve through a dog-legged Aussie defence, setting up Dagg for his second.
A 60-metre penalty from Australia debutant Reece Hodge was admirable, but was answered with interest after tries from Julian Savea and Sam Cane guaranteed the home side a bonus point.
The final game of this year’s Rugby Championship is Argentina v Australia at Twickenham on Saturday 8 October and tickets are available from £45 for adults, £25 for children (U16) and a family package (2 adults & 2 children) for £115 (booking fees apply). Click here for details.