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All Blacks recall Fifita for Argentina clash

01 October 2017

New Zealand were a class above as they eased past Argentina 36-10 to cap a second successive Rugby Championship crown.

The nine include uncapped Canterbury Crusaders utility David Havili, 22, who is on the bench and appears nearly certain to get a run in the second half for the reigning world champions.

The All Blacks players seemed to launch their own celebration with an exuberant start, playing with attacking abandon which left the Pumas grasping.

Scott Barrett and Luke Romano lock the scrum in the absence of Whitelock and Retallick, with Patrick Tuipulotu on the bench. The New Zealand selectors meant to rest six front-line players - Barrett, centre Ryan Crotty, locks Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick and flankers Sam Cane and Liam Squire - due to their high workload this season.

Barrett will play beside inside centre Sonny Bill Williams, who continues to be picked despite poor form.

At halftime, the All Blacks lead 29-3.

Faced with defending an unbeaten record in 25 tests against the Pumas, New Zealand are not taking the match lightly knowing that Argentina have beaten South Africa twice and Australia once in their five previous seasons in the tournament.

The imposing Vaea Fifita, who turned the game with a brilliant try when the All Blacks beat Argentina 39-22 in New Zealand three weeks ago, returns to the blindside flank with Matt Todd on the openside for his first Test this year.

Barrett - who was due to be rested by head coach Steve Hansen until Lima Sopoaga was forced to miss the trip due to the birth of his first child - pulled the strings in an impressive opening 40 minutes and helped the All Blacks cross over for quick-fire tries. "After having a torrid tussle against us in New Plymouth, Argentina will be even more determined on their home pitch and in front of their passionate fans".

Captain Kieran Read scored a brace while Damian McKenzie, Waisake Naholo and debutant David Havili also scored tries for New Zealand.

All Blacks recall Fifita for Argentina clash