HAMILTON, New Zealand -- Scrumhalf Aaron Smith scored two tries within three minutes in the first half to set New Zealand on course to a 28-13 win over Argentina in a Rugby Championship match on Saturday, maintaining the All Blacks unbeaten start to the four-nation tournament. Argentina, who have yet to beat New Zealand in 17 meetings, rocked the All Blacks with an early converted try to backrower Juan Manuel Leguizamon and led 7-0 after five minutes. But Smiths double in the 23rd and 26th minutes - when Argentina was reduced to 14 men by the sin-binning of hooker Eusebio Guinazu - turned the tide of the match and set up New Zealands third straight Championship win. The All Blacks took a 15-10 lead to halftime, helped by a conversion and penalty to flyhalf Dan Carter who became the first player to surpass 1,400 points in tests. Argentina placed some pressure on the All Blacks early with accurate kicking and strong chasing which exploited wet and slippery conditions. New Zealands effort was undermined by eight handling errors in the first half while the Pumas battled a dysfunctional lineout and gave the All Blacks chances with 16 missed tackles. Errors mounted in a second half which was played in driving rain that made backplay risky. New Zealand continued to play with ambition and clinched the match in the 54th minute with an outstanding try to winger Julian Savea -- his 14th in as many test matches -- which gave it a 25-13 lead. Carter converted the try -- his fourth goal from seven attempts -- to take his tally for the match to 10 points and for his career to 1,409 before being replaced after 54 minutes by Beauden Barrett. Bordeaux flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez kept Argentina in touch by kicking a conversion and two penalties, missing one further penalty which struck the crossbar from long range. "We wanted to be positive and sometimes the conditions dont really allow that," said Kieran Read who ended the match as All Blacks captain. "Argentina is a team that is on the up. You saw last week and this week theyre right in the competition and it wont be long until they get their first win. Im glad its not tonight but we stuck at it and thats the main thing we can do." While the Pumas conceded a tighthead, they generally packed a solid scrum which placed the All Blacks under some pressure, especially in the second half when New Zealand replaced front row veterans Tony Woodcock at prop and Andrew Hore at hooker. Scrummaging forms a major part of the Argentine game and their ability to adapt to rugbys new scrum rules gave them cause for confidence, though they remain without a win after three rounds of the Rugby Championship. Their loss on Saturday followed their 73-13 and 22-17 defeats by South Africa while their record against New Zealand is now 16 losses and a draw from 17 games. "It was a tough game," Argentina captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe said. "We defended more than we attacked and when we watch the video I think we will see there were a few tries we couldnt really afford to concede. "The scrum was a good platform, the lineout not so much so there are a few things we can improve. The All Blacks found a way to win and thats why theyre the best team in history maybe." Argentina started poorly when fullback Juan Martin Hernandez put the opening kickoff into touch on the full. But New Zealand also made early errors and from the most glaring of those -- when debuting centre Francis Saili dropped the ball at his first touch in a test match -- Leguizamon scored unopposed to give the Pumas an immediate advantage. Carter trimmed the lead with a penalty from a lineout infringement in the ninth minute, breaking through the 1,400 points barrier and extending his record as the leading points scorer in tests. He then missed penalties in the 13th and 16th minutes as Argentina clung to a narrow advantage. Guinazu was sin-binned in the 22nd minute for a professional foul after Argentina had been warned by French referee Jerome Garces for repeatedly conceding penalties in their own half. New Zealand took immediate advantage of their numerical superiority. They took a lineout from the penalty that followed Guinazus yellow card, set up a strong drive then scored the opening try when No. 8 Kieran Read detached and fed Aaron Smith on the blindside. Carters conversion from the sideline gave New Zealand a 10-7 lead and they werent headed for the remainder of the match. Smith scored again in the 26th minute after Carter had broken out of defence, stepping through weak midfield tackling and dashing more than 50 metres. Prop Charlie Faumuina helped keep the ball alive and New Zealand quickly moved possession to Ben Smith on the right wing. His chipped kick ahead was closely pursued by flanker Stephen Luatua who overran the ball and Aaron Smith, as the second pursuer, was then on hand to touch down. Penalties to Sanchez on either side of halftime, one of which was answered by Carter, left New Zealand with a relatively brittle 18-13 lead after 51 minutes. But Saveas try in the 54th minute extended the lead to 12 points and made the game safe. Read attacked the Argentina goalline after a charged-down kick and New Zealand moved the ball wide skilfully in the wet conditions to create and overlap for Savea. Beauden Barrett, who replaced Carter, added a penalty in the 74th minute from a professional foul by Argentinas returning captain, Lobbe, to complete the scoring. Both sides suffered significant injuries. Argentina lost winger Gonzalo Camacho with a dislocated Australia and he will now not travel to Australia for the Pumas match next weekend against the Wallabies. 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"People who are very black and white dont like that at all because youre questioning the masses, youre questioning the way things have been done. Thats why things change right? Its those types of minds and people (who ask why) that change everything, I dont understand how thats a negative thing anywhere." After a solid debut season in the Ontario Hockey League as a 16-year-old with the Windsor Spitfires and finishing fourth on the team with 44 points, Ho-Sang followed it up this past year by leading his team in points (85) and assists (53) while tying for the lead in goals (32). But despite a quick and productive start to his OHL career, Ho-Sang was overlooked for Team Canadas Under 18 team in the spring, was not included on the 2013 U18 team to play at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament and was not invited to Team Canadas World Junior summer development camp roster this year. He asks - why? "The fact that I havent been invited to a camp, its insulting," Ho-Sang said frankly. "Ive done nothing to them (Hockey Canada). Its not like they invited me to U17 and U18 and I messed up at all that stuff. I havent been invited back since my first year in the OHL in December. Its been a year and a half; I havent been a part of any Hockey Canada stuff." But he has a philosophy as to why invites have not been coming his way. "They cant invite me to that stuff because theyre afraid," he said. "If I go there and do well, then they have no reason not to put me on the World Junior team." Asked directly why Hockey Canada wouldnt want him on that team, Ho-Sang, looking puzzled, responded, "I dont know." "If youre going to alienate an 18-year-old kid, like good job. Their job is development and progression of Canadian hockey. If I am a problem child, that means they dont like problems, that they have an issue with fixing things, that they like when things are easy. That actually means that they dont possess the ability to develop and that they are just taking players to fit their role that have been developed somewhere else." Hockey Canada declined to comment on this story. Ho-Sangs omission from consideration for Team Canada does not fuel his fire though. He clearly requires no validation for his ability. He prefers to look at it, not as conffidence though, but as self-assuredness.dddddddddddd "Its not confidence, its just that I know who I am and Im comfortable with who I am," Ho-Sang explained. "I feel no need to change." Prior to the 2014 NHL Draft, Ho-Sang told Sun Media and TSNs Steve Simmons that, "In three years, Ill be the best player in this draft. And I have no doubt about that." When asked if he still feels that way, Ho-Sang quickly responded, "Yeah." "I believe in myself and I know what I can do," Ho-Sang continued. "I dont really care if nobody else does, Ill show them and thats all just a part of the process. At one point, people didnt know who Patrick Kane was, at one point people didnt know who Sidney Crosby was." For now, Ho-Sang appears to have come to grips with the fact that he seems not to be at the forefront in the minds of those responsible with building various installments of Team Canada. Hes just tired of always having to explain his omission. "I dont play for Hockey Canada, I play for New York," he said. "I dont really care. Playing for your country is great; its more a personal thing. Its kind of annoying though because I have people asking me all the time why Im not there and not a part of that stuff but thats what it is. I think the only way Id be on that (World Junior) team is if I played in the NHL, thats probably the only way I could get on that team." And that will be his goal when he heads to his first NHL training camp next month with the Islanders. While Ho-Sang admitted hes not sure where he will be playing come of the start of the season, he is not planning on sitting back, just being happy to be there. "Whats my goal? Ho-Sang said, repeating the question. "Its to be better than everyone else there. I want to be better than John Tavares, I know hes an unbelievable player and I want to push myself against those guys because thats how you get there. If Im going head to head and pushing toes with Johnny T, chances are pretty good that Id make the team." Most 18-year-old prospects will tell you how honoured they were to be drafted and what an unbelievable experience it was. Ho-Sang looked at it a different way. "Its kind of annoying because everywhere I go, everyones like oh this guy got drafted. I dont even have a name though, Im just number 28 (28th overall pick)." Dont mistake it as cockiness or arrogance, though. Ho-Sang clearly appreciates the position he is in and understands there is a process to advancing to the NHL level that must be followed. Hes just very sure he can do it. When you really think about it, his logic is spot on. To hang in there with John Tavares is certainly the best way to force the Islanders hand come September. Whether he can do it is entirely up to him, just another step along the way in making Josh Ho-Sang a big name, closer to Patrick Kane and Sidney Crosby than the nameless No. 28 pick. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys
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