The All Blacks have suffered three-straight losses on home soil for the first time ever after a shock defeat at the hands of Argentina on Saturday.
The Pumas stunned New Zealand 25-18 in their Rugby Championship Test in Christchurch, beating the three-time world champions for the first time on Kiwi soil.
Argentina scored their first ever win over New Zealand just two years ago in another championship match in Sydney, and Saturday's victory was from the same mould with magnificent defence backed up by iron discipline.
"I'm very proud of our team, we are starting to believe what we can do, not just a magic moment like our first win (in Sydney)," said captain Julian Montoya.
"Very, very happy, very, very proud, it's a very special moment for us."
The boot of winger Emiliano Boffelli, who kicked five penalties, kept them in the contest when New Zealand scored two tries in the first half and kept them ahead after flanker Juan Martin Gonzalez had scored an opportunist second-half try.
New Zealand, who played the last nine minutes with 14 men after Shannon Frizell was shown a yellow card, will almost certainly be plunged back into the crisis that was apparently ended by their victory over South Africa two weeks ago.
Tries from Samisoni Taukei'aho and Caleb Clarke should have given them a comfortable lead at half-time, but ill-discipline throughout the match cost them dearly.
"It certainly felt in the first half that we were more dominant in areas than we managed to show on the scoreboard," All Blacks captain Sam Cane said.
"A lot of credit has to go to Argentina for the way they stuck in it and eventually turned the tables."
The loss marked the first time in the All Blacks' 119-year history that they've suffered three-straight defeats on home soil.
It also gives Argentina successive wins in the Rugby Championship for the first time ever after their impressive 48-17 thrashing of Australia in San Juan two weeks ago.
The Pumas remain top of the championship standings on points difference ahead of Australia, who earlier beat South Africa 25-17 in Adelaide.
The rugby world was left in pure disbelief as the All Blacks' crisis under new coach Ian Foster descended to new depths.
Result aside, I’d love to see the support of @AllBlacks in tougher times stronger. This team has been so dominant in world rugby for so many years that a few games shouldn’t change the support they receive nor should it warrant the constant criticism from the keyboard warriors 💭
— Matt Giteau 🇦🇺 (@giteau_rugby) August 27, 2022
What the hell has happened to the All Blacks??
— Andy Newport (@AndyNewportDR) August 27, 2022
all blacks don’t want it enough
— Ben McKay (@benmackey) August 27, 2022
Brilliant Pumas but are there any new depths Foster cannot take the All Blacks? And the real issue is this isn't a surprise. The NZRFU bottled it after the SA win but surely Foster has to do the honourable thing and go. #6in8
— Jason Collie (@ukcavhead) August 27, 2022
can’t believe i’m witnessing a finished All Blacks side in my lifetime una. god is good.🙏🏾
— hood zinedine. (@hlonela_tanda) August 27, 2022
The endorsement of the senior players is what ultimately kept Ian Foster his job as All Blacks coach. Those senior players went missing tonight and Ian Foster had a disaster class. The writing is on the wall for this team. Destined for mediocrity.
— Jordan Patu (@Jordan_Patu) August 27, 2022
— Brent from NZ (@Beee_Pee) August 27, 2022
Ian Foster pleads for patience after All Blacks disaster
Foster pleaded with the New Zealand public for patience on Saturday after the latest disastrous loss.
Foster said he was aware the 25-18 defeat will throw fuel on the fire for critics, but asked for more time to get his side playing to a higher standard.
"For us, there's a shed-full of people that are hurting right now, including me," he said.
"We don't like losing and we understand our country doesn't like us losing. I guess we're all in the same boat in that place — it does hurt.
"As I've said over the last few weeks, we are a team that's rebuilding and sometimes confidence doesn't come at the speed that we want it to."
Foster said he was pleased with several parts of New Zealand's game but criticised his players' lack of accuracy in the closing stages.
"I was a bit surprised with us in the last quarter, to be honest... we didn't execute in some big moments at the end," Foster said.
"I guess it's that little bit of belief about how to play your way out of tough situations and, I guess, how to problem-solve.
"In South Africa we saw a little bit of that start to creep into our game, which is positive, we started to problem-solve certain situations.
"Today we probably got stuck in one mode. There are a lot of really good teams that are going to try to slow us down and suffocate us. It's how we break through that."
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