Good morning to all you bright and early eager risers in New Zealand and more casual viewers around the world. The moment we've all been waiting for has finally arrived, the All Blacks are about to kick off their rugby World Cup campaign.
Due to technical issues with our live blog provider our world famous blog was down for the first 24 minutes of this match, but we're up and running now and I will bring you up to speed as fast as possible.
Right, so... we're 26 minutes in and the All Blacks are leading 9-7. The All Blacks started well and went ahead 9-0 through three Dan Carter penalties. Argentina had Pablo Matera sent to the sin bin for a professional foul after 20 mins and he is still off the field.
Then, out of nowhere, Argentina, with 14 men, scored a great try through Guido Petti.
Now, on 30 minutes, Richie McCaw has been sent to the sin bin for illegal ankle tripping. The crowd go wild, McCaw looks pissed off, it's all on.
From the resulting penalty, Argentina have gone ahead. Argentina lead 10-9 after 31 minutes.
The All Blacks have a lineout on halfway and win it, swinging the ball from right to left.
Good attacking set-up here for New Zealand and they have earned a penalty advantage.
But they push on through Ben Smith, advantage over, Smith kicks and Argentina deal with it well.
Argentina look dangerous as they counterattack until Bosch puts the ball down. All Blacks scrum 40m out from the line.
Six minutes to go in the first half, the All Blacks still down to 14 men but driving up over the 22.
The Argentina defence is standing strong, no way through for the All Blacks. Conrad Smith has a crack at the line. Getting closer.
Owen Franks puts his head down. No luck.
Then Kieran Read puts the ball down in contact. Knock on. A slightly unstructured attack from the All Blacks but it very nearly worked. This Argy defence is going to take some beating though.
Argentina have a scrum 5m out from their own line.
Argentina dominate the scrum and run the ball out from their own line. And it works as they advance quickly up to midfield.
Argentina look the real deal. They are taking the game to the All Blacks and probing well. 30m out from the ABs line now.
Wow. Argentina break, Conrad Smith illegally stops the attack and is shown a yellow card. The All Blacks are now down to 13 men.
Argentina also have a penalty right out in front. Will they go for the five?
No, cooler heads prevail. They will take the three.
Argentina slot the penalty and Argentina lead 13-9.
Smith was judged to have left his feet to contest the ball at the break down and Wayne Barnes wasn't having it. That's two senior, experienced All Blacks off the field. Just one minute left in the first half.
PENALTY TO THE ALL BLACKS! With 13 men, Milner Skudder has helped earn the All Blacks a penalty in kicking range.
Carter slots the penalty and New Zealand reduce the deficit to one point at the halftime break.
HALFTIME: What a half. The All Blacks started strongly and it looked like business as usual as Carter kicked them out to a nine-point lead. But this was not to be the All Blacks walkover many predicted. Argentina came storming back into the game with a great try and two penalties to take the halftime lead.
Wayne Barnes has been at the center of attention. He sent Argentina's Pablo Matera to the bin after 15 mins for a professional foul, then Richie McCaw and Conrad Smith say yellow for New Zealand later in the half. But with 13 men New Zealand earned a late penalty to reduce Argentina's lead to one point at halftime.