Narawa scores on debut as NZ beat Argentina 41-12

Narawa scores on debut as NZ beat Argentina 41-12

By Alipate Narawa
Sunday 09/07/2023
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Fijian born winger Emoni Narawa scored on debut as the All Blacks ran riot over Argentina in front of a sold out Mendoza crowd beating them 41-12 in their opening match of the Rugby Championship.

Ian Foster's side ran in seven tries in total to claim a bonus point win, sitting second in the Rugby Championship table on points differential after the Springboks opened their season with a huge win over Australia.

In a frenetic start to the first half, Argentina came within a whisker of scoring from the kickoff, when Pablo Matera charged down Damian McKenzie's attempted clearance.

However, making just his third start in the No.10 jersey at test level, McKenzie got back in time to stop Argentina taking the lead.

After that, though, the first half was one-way traffic - as the All Blacks ran in five tries without response.

Dane Coles justified his selection with the opening try, on the end of a free-flowing move sparked by debutant Emoni Narawa on the right flank.

Minutes later, the All Blacks were in again when Ardie Savea grabbed the second, before brothers Beauden and Jordie Barrett combined on the left wing for a third try inside the first 15 minutes.

McKenzie set up Chiefs teammate and debutant Narawa over close to the end of normal time, giving the 23-year-old a try in his first taste of the black jersey.

New Zealand led 31-0 at the break. Argentina did have the final say when stalwart Agustin Creevy went over from the back of a lineout drive, but it was nothing more than a consolation effort in an otherwise routine All Blacks victory.

Victory sets up an intriguing clash against arch-rivals South Africa, who opened their Rugby Championship campaign with an emphatic 43-12 win over Eddie Jones' Australia.

What's more, the Springboks side that took the field in Pretoria was by every metric a second-string outfit, as South Africa opted to send their best and brightest to New Zealand early to prepare for next Saturday's clash at Go Media Stadium Mt Smart.

Argentina meanwhile will look to rebound against the Wallabies, when they travel to Sydney next weekend.

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