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DIEGO REMEMBERED WATCH: All Blacks offer up a classy tribute to Diego Maradona before they beat Argentina

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Sam Cane of the All Blacks lays down a number 10 jersey in memory of Diego Maradona prior to the 2020 Tri-Nations match between the Argentina Pumas and the New Zealand (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Sam Cane of the All Blacks lays down a number 10 jersey in memory of Diego Maradona prior to the 2020 Tri-Nations match between the Argentina Pumas and the New Zealand (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Sam Cane of the All Blacks lays down a number 10 jersey in memory of Diego Maradona prior to the 2020 Tri-Nations match between the Argentina Pumas and the New Zealand (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

New Zealand's All Blacks offered up a classy tribute to the great Diego Maradona prior to their Tri-Nations game against Argentina.

With their homeland still in a period of national mourning, the Pumas became the first Argentinian team to play since the death of footballing great Maradona on Wednesday.

Ahead of kick-off at the McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, Australia, an All Blacks shirt with ‘Maradona 10′ written on the back was laid on the field by New Zealand captain Sam Cane.

With the game being played before a big crowd, the All Blacks gained revenge over an Argentina side that beat them earlier in the competition as they recorded a 38-0 win.

Tries from Dane Coles, Ardie Savea and Patrick Tuipulotu, plus two scores from replacement Will Jordan, helped the All Blacks avenge the shock 25-15 loss suffered a fortnight ago.

The bonus-point victory for Ian Foster’s men in their final match of 2020 puts them in pole position to win the Tri-Nations tournament, as well as preventing them losing three successive matches for the first time since 1998.

New Zealand top the table on 11 points, with Argentina and Australia level on six and holding considerably worse points differences ahead of meeting next weekend in the final match of the competition.

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