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Rugby Championship: New Zealand thrash Australia; South Africa beat Argentina

New Zealand hammer Australia 54-34 in their Rugby Championship opener while South Africa beat Argentina 37-15.

UPDATE 2-Rugby-South Africa win physical battle to down Argentina

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Ghana-born wing Raymond Rhule scored his first international try as South Africa claimed a 37-15 victory over Argentina in their Rugby Championship opener on Saturday.

Rugby-The Rugby Championship South Africa v Argentina summary

Aug 19 (Gracenote) - Summary from the The Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Argentina on Saturday at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa South Africa 37 Argentina 15 Half Time: 13-5 Scorers: South...Show More Summary

Rugby-South Africa win physical battle to down Argentina

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Ghana-born wing Raymond Rhule scored his first international try and South Africa claimed a 37-15 victory over Argentina in their Rugby Championship opener on Saturday.

UPDATE 1-Rugby-The Rugby Championship results and standings

Aug 19 (Gracenote) - Results and standings from the The Rugby Championship matches on Saturday RESULTS Australia 34 New Zealand 54 South Africa 37 Argentina 15 STANDINGS P W D F A B Pts 1. New Zealand 1 1 0 54 34 1 5 2. South Africa 1 1 0 37 15 0 4 3. Show More Summary

Rugby-The Rugby Championship South Africa v Argentina line-ups

Aug 19 (Gracenote) - Line-ups for the The Rugby Championship match between South Africa and Argentina on Saturday at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth, South Africa South Africa : 1-Tendai Mtawarira, 2-Malcolm Marx, 3-Coenie...Show More Summary

Rugby-Cheika blames defensive inadequacies for New Zealand defeat

SYDNEY, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Fuming Australia coach Michael Cheika blamed a substandard defensive performance for the crushing 54-34 defeat at the hands of arch-rivals New Zealand in the Rugby Championship opener on Saturday.

Rugby-All right for the All Blacks when Saturday comes

SYDNEY, Aug 19 (Reuters) - New Zealand coach Steve Hansen described his side's first 50 minutes against Australia on Saturday "as good a rugby as you'll ever see" after the world champions established a 54-6 lead in the opening match of the Rugby Championship.

UPDATE 1-Rugby-All Blacks crush Wallabies in Rugby Championship opener

SYDNEY, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Rieko Ioane and Ryan Crotty both crossed twice as New Zealand ran in eight tries in a brilliant display of running rugby to demolish Australia 54-34 in the Rugby Championship opener on Saturday.

Rugby-The Rugby Championship Australia v New Zealand summary

Aug 19 (Gracenote) - Summary from the The Rugby Championship match between Australia and New Zealand on Saturday at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia Australia 34 New Zealand 54 Half Time: 6-40 Scorers: Australia : Tries: Curtis RonaShow More Summary

Rugby-All Blacks crush Wallabies in Rugby Championship opener

SYDNEY, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Rieko Ioane and Ryan Crotty both crossed twice as New Zealand ran in eight tries in a brilliant display of running rugby to demolish Australia 54-34 in the Rugby Championship opener on Saturday.

Rugby-All Blacks flanker Kaino returns home for 'personal' reasons

SYDNEY, Aug 19 (Reuters) - All Blacks loose forward Jerome Kaino has returned home for a "personal matter", New Zealand Rugby said on Saturday just hours before the side's first Rugby Championship clash with Australia in Sydney.

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