The rugby world has reacted to one of the most incredible sport stories of 2020 after Argentina pulled off their first ever victory over New Zealand, despite not having played in more than a year.
Following the siren, fans stood and applauded as Argentine coach Mario Ledesma wept tears of joy after plotting the Pumas' first win over the All Blacks.
Led ferociously by flanker and inspired captain Pablo Matera, the Pumas dominated in almost every facet to notch an historic 25-15 victory in Sydney on Saturday.
Ex-Wallabies mentor turned Pumas assistant Michael Cheika was also a conspicuous figure alongside Ledesma in Argentina's coaches' box as the delirious South Americans rejoiced following their torrid triumph.
"Everything is hard in Argentina and at the moment it is one of the toughest times in our country so we want to show people that if you fight and you work hard, you get what you fight for," Matera said.
Fans across the globe applauded the Pumas’ historic triumph and felt the emotion of a team representing a country hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.
Congratulations Argentina what a game! @allblacks head up boys, we will bounce back. ✊🏽🤲🏽
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) November 14, 2020
That's the uplifting rugby story of a tumultuous 2020. Argentina hadn't played for a year, rock up and beat the All Blacks for the first time ever. You gotta love sport.
— Owain Jones (@OwainJTJones) November 14, 2020
Great stuff. A lifetime’s work. This is what it means to coach the side that beats the @AllBlacks for the first time. #RugbyValues Thoroughly deserved @lospumas Fabulous performance. https://t.co/nYUSWl46oj
— BRUCE WILSON (@brucewilson283) November 14, 2020
— TFordhamRugby 🏉 (@TFordhamRugby) November 14, 2020
Argentina beating the allblacks... what more is 2020 gonna throw in my face? 😭😭Anyways hats off to Argentina great game
— timma (@timma_98) November 14, 2020
— Ben Kimber (@benkimber) November 14, 2020
— Sky Sport NZ (@skysportnz) November 14, 2020
Mario Ledesma reacts to Argentina’s historic victory over the All Blacks.pic.twitter.com/dW49wTDdm6
— SA Rugby magazine (@SARugbymag) November 14, 2020
Nicolas Sanchez scored all 25 of the Pumas' points from a try, a conversion and six penalties in a record-setting display from the potent playmaker.
It was the most points collected in a Test in the two teams' 30-match rivalry stretching to 1985.
Pumas play first Test in more than a year
While the All Blacks entered the game battled-hardened after four Bledisloe Cup stoushes with the Wallabies in barely a month, the Pumas were playing their first Test in more than a year.
But there were no signs of rust, just one solitary handling error as they outclassed the three-time world champions all over the park.
Matera was mighty and Sanchez punished the All Blacks for their ill-discipline.
He opened the scoring with a fourth-minute penalty before his New Zealand counterpart Richie Mo'unga replied to level the scores.
But by the time Sanchez had bagged a brilliant chip-and-chase try and banged over two more penalties, the Pumas went to the break with a 16-3 advantage.
Despite captain Sam Cane briefly reducing the deficit to nine points with the All Blacks' first try in the 53rd minute, the Pumas were never going to be denied, converting their biggest halftime lead over New Zealand into a rousing win.
Caleb Clarke crossed for a consolation five-pointer after the siren, but it was too little too late.
"That was very tough," said vanquished skipper Cane.
"Full credit to Argentina. They came out from the first whistle right to the end 80th (minute) with probably a little bit more intent and urgency than us.
"They beat us at the breakdown, off the line and they thoroughly deserved the win.
"They kept coming and they put their bodies in front really well and we struggled in continuity and to put them under pressure."
After succumbing to the Wallabies last week, the All Blacks have now suffered back-to-back Test defeats for the first time since 2011.
"We're hurting greatly," said All Blacks coach Ian Foster.
"That was a frustrating response to a similar game last week.
"It's the second week in a row where we haven't had good composure when things haven't quite gone our way .. Again we got rattled."
Almost 10,000 fans flocked to Bankwest Stadium to witness the famous victory, which sets the stage for a thrilling climax to the six-week competition.
The winner of next Saturday night's Wallabies versus Pumas clash in Newcastle will leapfrog the All Blacks and go top of the table, ensuring the new-look rugby championship goes down to the wire.
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