All Blacks too classy for Pumas
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Hamilton - Scrumhalf Aaron Smith scored two tries within three minutes in the first half to set New Zealand on course to a 28-13 win over Argentina in a Rugby Championship match on Saturday, maintaining the All Blacks' unbeaten start to the four-nation tournament.
Argentina, who have yet to beat New Zealand in 17 meetings, rocked the All Blacks with an early converted try to No 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon and led 7-0 after five minutes.
But Smith's double in the 23rd and 26th minutes - when Argentina were reduced to 14 men by the sin-binning of hooker Eusebio Guinazu - turned the tide of the match and set up New Zealand's third straight Championship win.
The All Blacks took a 15-10 lead to half-time, helped by a conversion and penalty to flyhalf Dan Carter who became the first player to surpass 1 400 points in Tests.
The only negative for the hosts was that they failed to grab a four-try bonus point.Scorers:All Blacks:
Tries: Aaron Smith (2), Julian Savea
Conversions: Dan Carter (2)
Penalties: Carter (2), Beauden BarrettArgentina:
Try: Juan Manuel Leguizamon
Conversion: Nicolas Sanchez
Penalties: Sanchez (2)Teams:New Zealand:
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Francis Saili, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 Dane Coles, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Charles PiutauArgentina:
15 Juan Martin Hernandez, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 7 Pablo Matera, 6 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 5 Julio Farias Cabello, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Substitutes: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Benjamin Macome, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Felipe Contepomi, 23 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino