All Blacks overcome Argentina
New Zealand advanced to a Rugby World Cup semi-final with Australia thanks to a 33-10 victory, despite struggling to subdue Argentina in the last quarter-final at Eden Park in Auckland.
Without inspirational fly-half Dan Carter, who is out of the tournament with a groin injury, the All Blacks appeared nervous and took a 12-7 half-time lead courtesy of four Piri Weepu penalties, with Argentina responding with Julio Farias' converted try.
It took the All Blacks until the 68th minute to score a try themselves through number eight Kieran Read, the Pumas surviving 10 minutes with 14 men following scrum-half Nicolas Vergallo's sin-binning.
Weepu kicked three more penalties in the second half to take his points total to 21, while Marcelo Bosch replied with a long-range penalty for the Pumas, who were worn down in the final 10 minutes.
Brad Thorn crossed for a try on the right wing and Aaron Cruden kicked the conversion to put a gloss on the scoreline the All Blacks scarcely deserved as they completed the semi-final line-up alongside Wales, France and the Wallabies.
Argentina finished third in the 2007 tournament, but the World Cup careers of the likes of Mario Ledesma, Rodrigo Roncero and Contepomi are now at an end.
The All Blacks, meanwhile, have plenty of work to do to end the host nation's 24-year wait for World Cup glory, beginning against Australia next Sunday.