All Blacks and Springboks win inaugural Rugby Championship tests.
The Tri Nations competition morphed into The Rugby Championship at the weekend, with the addition of Argentina to the the mix. But the first results could have been predicted before a ball was kicked.
Australia lost 27-19 to the All Blacks in Sydney, mainly due to some poor handling in the first half. Meanwhile in Cape Town, South Africa inflicted a heavier defeat on the visiting Argentina Pumas, winning by 27 points to 6.
There was more bad news for the Wallabies, when it was announced that new captain and breakdown specialist, David Pocock, is out of next weeks return match in Auckland, after suffering a knee injury that requires surgery.
The ABC had this to report on the Bledisloe Cup clash.
- Now or never for backline change
- Pocock concern for Wallabies
- All Blacks take Cup stranglehold
- Williams and Nonu on rise for All Blacks
- Wallabies hand All Blacks victory
- Deans bemoans unforced errors
The introduction of Argentina to the competion is a great idea and I am sure it will produce another Rugby superpower in the coming years. But I expect them to struggle in the first couple of seasons at least and that was the case in Cape Town on Saturday. Argentina's normally reliable kicking was off target, while Morne Steyn landed three conversions and two penalties for a perfect record for the home side.
South Africa also scored three tries to none through Bryan Habana, playing on the Right Wing, Fullback Zane Kirchner and flanker Marcell Coetzee