Argentina pulled off one of the great test rugby upsets, stunning the All Blacks for the first time 25-15.
Here’s how the world reacted.
Upset for the Ages
“There won’t be a rugby fan in the world – at least outside of New Zealand – who didn’t get a kick out of seeing Argentina’s historic victory over the All Blacks at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday,” The Daily Telegraph’s match report said, with the website saying that every rugby fan – ‘well, maybe not the Kiwis” – would be smiling.
“The only thing better than the spontaneous celebrations of the Pumas when the final whistle blew was the glum look on the faces of the All Blacks.
“The Kiwis were spared the usual vitriol that follows their rare losses when they were narrowly beaten by the Wallabies last weekend – mainly because they had already wrapped up the Bledisloe Cup and fielded a weakened line-up.
“But the side that lost to the Pumas was arguably New Zealand’s best so the recriminations will be severe this time.”
Argentina beat All Blacks for first time in stunning boilover
“After 402 days without featuring in any international rugby, Argentina have beaten the All Blacks for the first time ever to secure the country’s greatest Test victory of all time,” the Sydney Morning Herald’s Tom Decent wrote.
The stunning 25-15 boilover will live long in the memory of those at Bankwest Stadium and Argentinians all over the world as Ian Foster’s All Blacks were humiliated in a manner rarely seen, orchestrated by Mario Ledesma and Michael Cheika.”
Sport24 in South Africa described the Pumas’ victory as “stunning”, while Australia’s news.com.au said the All Blacks have been “sentenced to a nine-year meltdown”.
"I honestly thought they would run out of juice"
All Blacks legend John Kirwan was quick to speak out about the loss, saying he was left “shocked”.
“I honestly thought they would run out of juice. Have we ever seen anything like this? They completely outplayed us all across the field. Our discipline in the first half was just silly. This was the most amazing, courageous performance I’ve seen in a long, long time,” he said.
“The Pumas were far hungrier and they will go down in history… there will be a party for a week.
“The decisive moment was Rieko [Ioane]’s knock on [in the final 10 minutes, with the All Blacks on the attack]. I thought we could have still won it till then.
“England showed the blueprint to beating the All Blacks in the World Cup. Get off your [defensive] line, make you tackles, put them under pressure. We saw that last week [in the defeat to Wallabies in Brisbane] and we saw it tonight. If you do that, the All Blacks have no backup plan.
“Am I dreaming – cause I just heard someone [Foster] say they played with more passion, more want. That’s usually what they say about us.
“Discipline… you can’t do that stuff. Coles slapped that guy in the face. Rieko dropped the ball.”
Meanwhile, Honey Hireme-Smiler on the influence of former Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, who is now an assistant with Pumas:
“You could see Michael Cheika’s influence in the defeat. The Pumas’ line-speed was brutal and their defence worked.”
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