A courageous Argentina team stunned the All Blacks 25-15 Saturday to pull off one of rugby’s biggest upsets, consigning an embarrassed New Zealand to their first back-to-back defeats in almost a decade.
Flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez scored all the Pumas’ points to hand them their maiden victory over the rugby powerhouse in the 30 Tests they have played.
Mario Ledesma’s side were given virtually no chance ahead of the Tri-Nations match in Sydney after a coronavirus-hindered build-up of only two low-key practice games.
But in their first Test since the World Cup last year, they pulled off a miracle.
It was a humiliating defeat for New Zealand who were shocked 22-24 by the Wallabies in Brisbane last week and have now lost back-to-back Tests for the first time since 2011 when they crashed to South Africa and Australia.