All Blacks beat Pumas in well-rounded performance

Richie McCaw and Daniel Carter have farewelled Christchurch in winning fashion after the All Blacks beat Argentina 39-18 at AMI Stadium.

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In his last home game, Daniel Carter reminded his fans of the talent that has made him famous.

Carter converted tough kicks from the sideline and was a key playmaker with go forward ball. Carter connected well with Sonny Bill Williams in the midfield, and fooled the Argentine defense on multiple occasions to create space out wide for runners.

Carter scored 14 points with four conversions and two penalties.

Cody Taylor had a dream debut, picking the ball off the back of the breakdown and powering over for the try on one of his first touches as an All Black.

Pumas captain Agustin Creevy powered his way over for two tries to give his side a glimpse on the scoreboard, but a comeback never eventuated past dim hope.

By that time, the game was well in the bag for the All Blacks. Despite falling off some tackles midway through the second half, the Pumas couldn’t take any real advantage from stringing multiple phases together.

The scrum fell away for Argentina despite looking solid in the first half, and it created a lot of turnover ball for the All Blacks, something the Pumas coaches will be furious about upon reflection of this game.

Israel Dagg came into this game with some questioning his future in the black jersey.

Dagg looked calm and contained on the park, and when he was given the chance to run with the ball he always looked likely to break the line. Some brilliant passing calmness under the high ball will have Dagg feeling a little bit better about his spot in the side going forward

And in his last game at home for the All Blacks, perhaps fittingly, Richie McCaw scored the first All Blacks try of the night.

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