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How The World Media Reacted To All Blacks Loss

How the world media reacted to the Argentina’s 25-18 win over the All Blacks in Christchurch on Saturday night.
29 Aug 2022 14:00
How The World Media Reacted To All Blacks Loss
Argentina’s head coach Michael Cheika (left), and New Zealand’s head coach Ian Foster (right) shake hands after Argentina won their Rugby Championship test match. Photo / AP

How the world media reacted to the Argentina’s 25-18 win over the All Blacks in Christchurch on Saturday night.

‘Dumb’ All Blacks

“I never thought I would describe the All Blacks as dumb, but in Christchurch they were as stupid as Argentina were smart.

The Pumas outfought their op­ponents and, perhaps even more significantly, they outthought what has long been the cleverest rugby nation on the planet.

Sam Cane’s one notable moment was a tackle off the ball on Pa­blo Matera that gave away a pen­alty that the host broadcasters described as “pretty harmless, re­ally”.

It wasn’t harmless from the New Zealand perspective, though, be­cause it was a pointless piece of frustrated foul play that stretched Argentina’s lead to seven points. Not so much “pretty harmless” as staggeringly stupid.”

(Stuart Barnes, Times UK)


‘Knives will be out’

“In one of the most stunning re­sults in history, Argentina have claimed their first victory on New Zealand soil with a 25-18 win in Christchurch.

The knives will be out for All Blacks coach Ian Foster, whose side have once again slumped to an em­barrassing defeat.

It was Foster who presided over the All Blacks when they lost to Ar­gentina two years ago in Sydney.

That was a brilliant defensive per­formance from the Pumas. So much courage. So much belief.

It’s the first time New Zealand have ever lost three Tests in a row at home.”

(Tom Decent, Sydney Morning Her­ald)


Cheika’s remarkable Argentina transformation

“Three years ago Michael Cheika left his post as Wallabies coach af­ter the 2019 World Cup.

Earlier this month he coached Argentina to victory against Aus­tralia.

Now he’s helped the Pumas to their first win against the All Blacks in New Zealand.

Cheika never managed a win with the Wallabies in New Zealand. He came close in 2017 in Dunedin.

He joins Eddie Jones as one of two Australian coaches to win a Test on New Zealand soil against the All Blacks with two different coun­tries.

Argentina are celebrating in style on the field in Christchurch and rightly so.”

(Sydney Morning Herald)


‘Trouble at the mill’

One result, it turns out, does not a summer make or indeed provide justification to have persevered with the All Blacks coaching re­gime and wider management team.

There is still very much trouble at mill – the sort that doesn’t appear capable of being fixed without yet more changes being made to the leadership of the team.

The New Zealand Rugby board went evolution last week and de­ferred to their natural conservative mode by opting for a light touch change to the coaching team of ele­vating Joe Schmidt to attack coach.

Perhaps they have to be thinking revolution now before it’s too late. The records can’t keep falling like this.

A brand that was worth NZ$3.5 bil­lion at the start of the year must be tumbling in value and there needs to be an honest assessment that the hope that emerged in the wake of the All Blacks victory at Ellis Park, has shown itself to be false.

(Gregor Paul, New Zealand



All Blacks come back to earth with thud

This loss to the Pumas consigns the All Blacks to their first three successive home defeat run in his­tory – after the two losses against Ireland in July.

While the Pumas recorded their maiden victory over the All Blacks two years ago in Australia, they had never previously tasted suc­cess in New Zealand.

In their first visit to Christchurch for six years the All Blacks were in­tent on delivering further improve­ments from their statement Ellis Park victory against the Spring­boks that ultimately saved Foster’s tenure.

Instead on a typically cold win­ter’s night, in a scrappy contest dominated by Georgian referee Nika Amashukeli who produced several bizarre rulings, the All Blacks immediately came down to earth with a thud.

The All Blacks have now won two of their last eight tests. That this shock result came surrounded by 20,000 Cantabrians, in the heart of Scott Robertson country, could not be a worse scenario for Foster.

Disgruntled locals made their feel­ings clear, too.

(Liam Napier, New Zealand Her­ald).


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