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Despite New Zealand's 30-kilogram advantage in the pack, Argentina’s forwards showed that it’s not all about size, but how you use it.
The South Americans dominated at the set piece throughout and it particularly showed in the scrum, winning 100 percent of theirs in the first half as well as two of the opposition’s.
Phelan’s side may be the minnows of the Rugby Championship still, but they are finding their strongest points and capitalising on them.
Of course, another consistent part of the Pumas’ performance was their line-out, which gave the home fans a very particular area of the meeting to be hopeful about.
Phelan’s men managed to retain their own throw-ins well and can be pleased at having only lost one line-out in the first period, maintaining a similar proficiency in the second.
Argentina still have their kinks to work out in open play, both attacking and defending, but they have a cushion to fall back on in the set piece.