The Rugby Championship is a wrap, so it’s time to get down to business and pick the best XV of the tournament. A few tough choices… drum roll please!
Just one Australian and three Argies have managed to sneak in between the two obvious front runners from Ellis Park this week.
The media, the schedule, lady luck, even the anthem went against Australia. In the end it was exhaustion that finally gave Argentina their chance at glory.
What is it about these two sides in Johannesburg that brings out the best that rugby has to offer? Why don’t the Springboks play like that every game?
Closing out the Rugby Championship this year are the two bottom placed teams, with Argentina still winless and Australia floundering after a bright start.
This seems a bit anti-climactic given that the All Blacks have already claimed the title, but remains one of the highlights of the international calendar.
It was hard to find room for any Argentine players, but a couple managed to make the cut in the end. A little tough maybe on a mostly decent Australia?
A disappointing Pumas side capitulated to a dominant New Zealand side who claimed their third consecutive Rugby Championship with a game to spare.
After leading well into the final quarter of the match, Australia conceded three tries to South Africa in the final ten minutes to suffer a humbling defeat.
The All Blacks return to La Plata on Saturday, a venue that seems to suit them given that they’ve notched a combined 87 points in their last two stopovers.