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Victory over the All Blacks was an 'emotional' moment for Argentina, says Hugo Porta

November 20, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

It took 30 attempts for Argentina to finally beat the All Blacks, a landmark moment in the country's rugby history that was met with tears of joy from the Pumas at Sydney's Bankwest Stadium.

Given the circumstances, it's no surprise former flyhalf Hugo Porta, who scored all the Pumas' points in a 21-21 draw against the All Blacks 35 years ago, called it an "emotional weekend" for Argentina against New Zealand.

Porta once said that when teams play New Zealand -- historically so dominant in international rugby -- they either win or they learn, and the Pumas have done their fair share of learning over the years.

Yet the sport still holds a largely amateur status in Argentina with Super Rugby's Jaguares the country's only professional club side and many international players opting to play for teams in Europe.

Some would argue that Argentina needs more professional clubs to regularly challenge -- and beat -- the likes of New Zealand, Australia and South Africa in the Rugby Championship, but Porta maintains that amateur rugby is a key part of the country's sporting fabric.

As Argentina prepares to face Australia this weekend, Porta is confident the Pumas can record back-to-back Test victories for the first time since June 2016.

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