The All Black convincingly beat Argentina 57-22 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday
Julian Savea, Ben Smith (2), Beauden Barrett, Ryan Crotty (2), Charlie Faumuina and Luke Romano scored New Zealand’s tries
British & Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland watched on
New Zealand claimed a third successive bonus-point win in the Rugby Championship on Saturday as they beat Argentina 57-22 in Hamilton.
British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland will share the Pumas’ mixed emotions, and no doubt a tinge of anxiety.
The visitors did so much right and, yet, were still handsomely beaten once again. Attacking with ambition and pace brought the Pumas rewards but it was also their undoing as they ran out of puff, and were eventually blown away.
The All Blacks scored three tries to one to lead 24-19 at halftime, but it had been the Pumas playing much of the rugby.
The South Americans then dominated the opening stages of the second half, but they could manage just the one penalty.
Under continued pressure, New Zealand were able to scramble in defence. And they eventually managed to get their hands on possession and promptly put the visitors to the sword; Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith and Julian Savea all enjoying fine performances.
New Zealand: Beauden Barrett
New Zealand: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Israel Dagg, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (c), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Joe Moody
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown
Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Matías Moroni, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Ramiro Moyano