The All Blacks made sure to end their season on a high, dominating the Pumas to run out 38-0 winners in Newcastle on Saturday night.

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Out to avenge their historic loss to Argentina two weeks ago, the All Blacks were in control from the get-go – even though this didn’t necessarily reflect on the scoreboard. With 74% of possession across the opening half, they led by just 10-points to nil at the break.

Tries to Ardie Savea, Patrick Tuipulotu, and two in three minutes to super-sub Will Jordan helped finished the rout.

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All Blacks coach Ian Foster and captain Sam Cane reflect on their sides 38-0 win over the Pumas in Newcastle.

But arguably the most pleasing thing for the All Blacks, alongside the breakout tests from Jordan and Blindside Flanker Akira Ioane, was the humiliation of the Pumas at the set-piece. Especially at the scrum, the All Blacks were in complete and utter control.

Joe Moody played nearly as well as a prop can in his 50th test match, and Nepo Laulala wasn’t too far behind.

Argentinian rugby has historically prided itself on its scrummaging, which is what makes Saturday’s showing especially surprising and concerning from the Pumas.

Their dominance at the scrum continued until just before the one-hour mark, when both Moody and Laulala were rewarded with a well-earned rest.

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Karl Tu’inukuafe and Tyrel Lomax came on as substitutes, but were penalised at their first scrum.

While the All Blacks finally made their control over the possession stats count in the second-half with 21-points, it was just after the siren had sounded that the game took a controversial turn.

With the All Blacks up 31-0, replacement Lomax was shown a yellow card for a high shot on a defenceless Pumas player. It was originally overlooked by the on-field referee, but the TMO brought it to the attention of Nic Berry.

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The former Australian under-20s representative has been heavily criticised on social media for the incident of foul play.

Fans on Twitter have disagreed with Nic Berry’s decision to give Lomax a yellow card, with one suggesting that it was a “blatant red card.”

The match was the All Blacks’ final test for the year, as they’re now set to begin two weeks of quarantine.

They have likely locked up the Tri Nations title though, with both the Pumas and Wallabies needing upwards of a 90-point victory in the final round to steal the title.

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