New Zealand secured a third straight Rugby Championship title on Saturday as they out-classed Argentina 34-13 with a try bonus-point in La Plata.
At times it was a joy to watch from the All Blacks as they scored the four tries required to become champions after the Boks won well at Newlands.
They will now travel to Johannesburg for their final fixture while the Pumas continue their wait for the Championship win. The Wallabies will be wary.
Despite the prospect of silverware in the back of their mind, the Kiwis played with all the freedom of a dead rubber as they cut loose against Argentina at times in the first-half, with tries from Ben Smith and Israel Dagg sending them in 20-6 ahead.
Beauden Barrett had opened the scoring on four minutes with a penalty after Brodie Retallick was taken out at line-out time before he added another three-pointer five minutes later. That Pumas ruck offence came after a now customary Julian Savea chip which found space in the opposition 22.
New Zealand were now showing an excellent balance of riding the physical home defence before making them bemused when they found mesmerising skills of the likes of Dagg and wing Smith, the former’s run down the right seeing him switch late with the latter for 13-0.
Argentina needed something, anything, to keep their crowd cheering and Nicol