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All Blacks display World Cup credentials withTri-Nations win over Pumas

New Zealand 39 Argentina 18

Published 17/07/2015 | 11:04

Charles Piutau of New Zealand's All Blacks celebrates scoring a try against Argentina with Kieran Read during their Rugby Championship match at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, July 17, 2015. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps
Charles Piutau of New Zealand's All Blacks celebrates scoring a try against Argentina with Kieran Read during their Rugby Championship match at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, July 17, 2015. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps
Richie McCaw (R) and Dan Carter of New Zealand's All Blacks talk after beating Argentina in their Rugby Championship match at AMI Stadium in Christchurch, July 17, 2015. McCaw and Carter played their last game for the All Blacks in Christchurch. REUTERS/Anthony Phelps

New Zealand stepped up their World Cup preparations to secure a bonus-point 39-18 victory over Argentina in their Rugby Championship opener in Christchurch on Friday.

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Captain Richie McCaw, Ma'a Nonu, Charles Piutau, Kieran Read and debutant Codie Taylor all scored tries for the All Blacks while Dan Carter slotted 14 points from the boot.

Pumas captain Agustin Creevy gave his side some respectability with two tries from attacking lineouts in the second half while Nicolas Sanchez slotted a conversion and two penalties.

New Zealand, who warmed up for the championship with a hard-fought 25-16 win over Samoa last week, play South Africa in Johannesburg next week, while the Pumas return home to host Australia in Mendoza.

Richie McCaw and Dan Carter talk after beating Argentina in their Rugby Championship match at AMI Stadium in Christchurch
Richie McCaw and Dan Carter talk after beating Argentina in their Rugby Championship match at AMI Stadium in Christchurch

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