Saturday 10 December 2016

All Blacks extend winning streak to 16 games with victory over Argentina

Argentina 17 New Zealand 36

Published 02/10/2016 | 10:21

New Zealand's All Blacks rugby players pose with the Rugby Championship trophy after defeating Argentina's Los Pumas winning the tournament, at Jose Amalfitani stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ALEJANDRO PAGNIALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images
New Zealand's All Blacks rugby players pose with the Rugby Championship trophy after defeating Argentina's Los Pumas winning the tournament, at Jose Amalfitani stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina on October 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ALEJANDRO PAGNIALEJANDRO PAGNI/AFP/Getty Images

New Zealand extended their winning run to 16 matches with victory over Argentina in Saturday's Rugby Championship match in Buenos Aires.

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The 36-17 success at the Estadio Jose Amalfitani means the All Blacks are now just one game away from matching the record of successive wins by top-tier nations - held by themselves and South Africa.

Beauden Barrett kicked an early penalty for Steve Hansen's team, before three tries in 17 minutes towards the end of the first half broke Argentina's resistance.

Anton Lienert-Brown, Ryan Crotty, Dane Coles, TJ Perenara and Ben Smith crossed for the visitors, who led 29-3 at the turnaround. Barrett converted four of the tries.

Facundo Isa and Joaquin Tucolet got Argentina's tries in the last 22 minutes of the game as the world champions' Joe Moody and Liam Squire picked up yellow cards.

Nicolas Sanchez kicked a penalty and converted Isa's try, while Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias did well to find the posts after Tucolet had gone over in the corner for the Pumas.

New Zealand, who had already wrapped up the Southern Hemisphere title, will set a world record 18 consecutive victories this month with wins over South Africa in Durban and Australia in Auckland.

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