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All Blacks beat Argentina to move within one game of matching record winning run

Published 02/10/2016

Steve Hansen's New Zealand side beat Argentina 36-17 on Saturday.
Steve Hansen's New Zealand side beat Argentina 36-17 on Saturday.

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

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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