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ABs shake off Pumas for big win

Newshub logoNewshub 8/09/2018 Brad Lewis
TJ Perenara. © Image: Photosport; Video: Sky Sports TJ Perenara.

The All Blacks have shaken off a multitude of mistakes and a plucky Pumas, running out 46-24 winners in Nelson.

The All Blacks have shaken off a multitude of mistakes a d a plucky Pumas, running out 46-24 winners in Nelson.

TJ Perenara scored a double on a night when blindslide flanker Shannon Frizell announced himself as a potential future star.

Kieran Read of the New Zealand All Blacks is tackled © Phil Walter/Getty Images Kieran Read of the New Zealand All Blacks is tackled

The Highlanders forward was the best player on the park in the first half, tormenting Argentinian defenders at will and earning a first test try late in the match.

If the All Blacks coaching staff wanted their young side tested they got their wish. The Pumas were brave and found holes in the New Zealand defence multiple times throughout the 80 minutes.

Despite some testing moments, and a double digit error count, the All Blacks offence was sublime at times.

The All Blacks perform the haka ahead of  The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina at Trafalgar Park on September 8, 2018 in Nelson, New Zealand © Hannah Peters/Getty Images The All Blacks perform the haka ahead of The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina at Trafalgar Park on September 8, 2018 in Nelson, New Zealand

Perenara was a standout starting in the nine jersey, scoring twice, including a great job as support for the impressive Anton Lienert-Brown

The Chiefs midfield back replaced Ngani Laumape early doors after the Hurricanes second-five left the field with a serious looking knee injury.

Lienert-Brown, as he did in Sydney last month slotted into second-five and produced a fine display. Multiple line breaks and a couple of try assists was a great return for a player who the selectors clearly trust.

It wasn't a great night on the injury front for Steve Hansen's side, with star lock Brodie Retallick joining Laumape in the medical ward. Retallick appeared to hurt his shoulder and knee in the same tackle, succumbing a few minutes late with a concerned look on his face.

The much-talked-about starting debut of Crusaders playmaker Richie Mo'unga will be considered a success, with the 24-year-old controlling play well.

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