Tuesday 16 January 2018

Carter reaches new highs in all blacks victory

New Zealand fly-half Daniel Carter became the first man to reach 1,400 Test points while Aaron Smith scored two tries as the All Blacks beat Argentina 28-13 in their Rugby Championship clash in atrocious conditions at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Saturday.

Carter, the leading scorer in world rugby, had started the game on 1,399 points and added 10 points to his tally while Beauden Barrett kicked a late penalty for the All Blacks, who have not lost to the Pumas in 17 Tests.

Scrum-half Smith scored his two tries within three minutes of each other while Pumas hooker Eusebio Guinazu was in the sin bin for a professional foul in the first half before Julian Savea scored his 14th Test try in the second.

No 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon scored an early try while fly-half Nicolas Sanchez added a conversion and two penalties for the Pumas, who face Australia in Perth next week while the All Blacks host South Africa in Auckland.

Meanwhile, South Africa secured their biggest win on Australian soil and their first in five attempts when they smashed the hosts 38-12. Prop Coenie Oosthuizen put the visitors in front after six minutes and their advantage was extended with late tries from captain Jean de Villiers, Zane Kirchner and Willie Le Roux.

The win in front of 43,715 spectators at Lang Park was the Springboks' first victory at the venue in eight attempts. It put South Africa on top of the table with three wins ahead of a meeting with New Zealand, who are also unbeaten, at Eden Park next Saturday.

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