All Blacks Crush Argentina to Reach Rugby World Cup Final Again
A rampant New Zealand side dismantled Argentina 44-6 in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals, reaching a record 5th final thanks to a Will Jordan hat trick.
The clinical All Blacks scored seven tries to set up a showdown with England or South Africa.
New Zealand’s defense dominated early before ruthless counter-attacking saw Jordan, Jordie Barrett and Shannon Frizell cross for first-half tries. The All Blacks led 26-6 at halftime despite ceding possession.
Aaron Smith added a fourth try after the break before Frizell and Jordan completed their braces. Jordan’s treble made him the tournament’s leading scorer. The All Blacks missed a record semi-final margin late on.
Their previous best was a 43-point win over Wales in 1987. This 38-point thrashing was another demolition that few expected from underdogs Argentina. The Pumas competed early but lacked attacking precision.
New Zealand’s form has been scintillating, topping the tournament in points and tries scored. Their precision finishing and rock-solid defense continues to overwhelm opponents.
Jordan and the All Blacks will look to lift the trophy for a fourth time against England or South Africa on October 28. Their ruthlessly efficient semifinal performance shows the huge task awaiting their next opponent.