New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw proud of All Blacks performance

Richie McCaw New Zealand skipper

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New Zealand skipper Richie McCaw insists he was ‘proud’ of his team’s display as they won their third straight Rugby Championship title after beating Argentina.

The All Blacks wrapped up a 34-13 victory in La Plata as they scored four tries to win and secure a bonus point.

Steve Hansen’s side were far too strong for the Pumas as Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Julian Savea and TJ Perenara all crossed the line to score.

A consolation try from Horacio Agulla was not enough for Argentina and New Zealand secured the title despite having to face South Africa next weekend.

The All Blacks have a six-point cushion in the Rugby Championship and McCaw was delighted with his team’s clinical finishing.
He said: “It’s nice not to have to worry about bonus points or different permutations (against the Springboks).

“It will be a normal South African-All Blacks Test match and everything that comes with that. That’s exciting. We want to go and play well and win.

“They were lovely conditions to play in and I’m really proud of the way the guys took their opportunities.

“The Pumas came to play as well and I think it was a pretty good match to watch but I’m proud of our guys because we took our chances.

“We defended really well and didn’t let them over until the last minutes of the game, that shows the backbone of the team.”

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