The All Blacks are in Buenos Aries for their Rugby Championship clash with Argentina, and New Zealand playmakers Beauden Barrett, Colin Slade and TJ Perenara met up with the Pumas’ greatest-ever player, legendary flyhalf Hugo Porta, as part of a promotion with major sponsor AIG.
The current Kiwi stars and the Argentine luminary punted, drop-kicked, and kicked off a sand mound from a boat, attempting to land the ball on a bridge, with Slade the standout.
Slade is with the ABs touring squad after Aaron Cruden was left behind for a boozy night out in Auckland the night before the team’s departure.
The 63-year-old Porta’s aura is still powerful, but he has lost a bit of the form that saw him recognised as rugby’s greatest drop-goal exponent during his extraordinary 20-year Test career. The brilliant No.10 landed 26 drop-goals in a total of 590 points in 58 Tests for the Pumas from 1971-90, while he potted another two amongst 58 points in eight Tests for South America from 1980-84.
Argentina is winless in 19 Tests against New Zealand, but has gone close on home soil. The Porta-led Pumas held the All Blacks to a 21-all draw in 1985, while the world rugby heavyweights scraped by 24-20 in 2001 and 25-19 in 2006.
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