The All Blacks cruised to expected victories despite a scrappy second half game against Argentina. Four yellow cards were shown but the All Blacks proved their dominance in the sport as they comfortable defeated the Pumas in Buenos Aires.
After their Rugby Championship title victory, they showed they remained the best in the game by trouncing the South Americans despite five starters off the squad.
The All Blacks had four tries in less than an hour to kill the hopes of the crowd. Their performance was a little below par compared to the 57-0 victory over the Springboks. After the slow start, the Pumas tried fighting back in the second half but the All Blacks gave them no breathing space. They picked up two yellow cards though – Matt Todd and Kieran Read.
The All Blacks defence deserve some commendation for breaking down the attacks of the opposition. They conceded just one try despite the heavy pressure. They were 29-3 at the break as they focused on keeping a lid on the attacks of the Argentines.
They got some points in the final play of the second half. During scrum time, they performed better, beating the Pumas mercilessly. Kane Hames, Luke Romano and Wyatt Crockett were on point as the game entered its final plays.
Beauden Barrett was particularly impressive in the encounter, after getting the nod when Lima Sopoaga opted to stay home for the birth of his child. Barett was poised to sit out the game with the rest like Sam Cane, Ryan Crotty, Brodie Retallick and Liam Squire. Damian McKenzie, Naholo and David Havili were also brilliant in the game.