The poles of victory and defeat are going to be extreme in the aftermath to this result. For Argentina there will be celebrations of historic proportions to reflect the scale of their accomplishment. For New Zealand, suffering consecutive defeats for the first time since 2011 (and just a couple of matches after a home draw to the Wallabies too) there will be plenty of soul searching. This was a full strength starting XV. There was no experimentation like last week’s defeat in Brisbane. Ian Foster is not long in the job but he must already be feeling the heat.
“This is a big day for all the rugby in Argentina” says Pablo Matera, “nothing comes easy in Argentina.” The Argentinian captain then praises his side’s defence and discipline while behind him the entire Pumas camp celebrates in delirious fashion.
On the fringes of those celebrations stands Nicolas Sanchez with a look of disbelief on his face as if he can’t take in everything that has just occurred. That everything includes 20 points off his boot and five from an opportunistic first-half try.
FINAL DEL PARTIDO. HISTORIA PURA.