The All Blacks secured another Rugby Championship when they beat Argentina in the early hours of Sunday morning 35-17.
It was tries from Ioane, Naholo, Tuipulotu and Lient-Brown that saw them outscore the Pumas.
This was an important win for the All Blacks after the shocked loss against the Springbok in Wellington.
There was many that believed the Pumas could build on the away win against the Aussies but it was a night of frustration scoring only two tries through Cubelli and Boffelli.
Argentina took an early 0-3 lead on six minutes when Shannon Frizell was penalised at the base of a ruck, but the All Blacks hit back in style two minutes later with wing Naholo’s run leading to Ben Smith finding Ioane for the contest’s opening try.
Naholo was next to score for the World Champions crashed over following a dominant New Zealand scrum to make it 14-3.
What added to Argentina’s worries was their scrum once again looking decidedly fragile as New Zealand turned the screw.
That ultimately led to Ioane claiming his second try of the match on 30 minutes as the resulting passage saw him collect loose ball for a score down the left.
Argentina desperately needed points before the break and even with Sonny Bill Williams yellow carded for coming offside, it would not come.
The Pumas began the second-half as they ended the first as they enjoyed the lion’s share of possession and territory. However, chances were blown in the red zone as New Zealand somehow survived as centre Williams returned from the sin-bin with the score the same as when he left.
It was Williams too who turned the match in terms of momentum on 54 minutes as his offload on halfway saw Ioane go close. From an ensuing attack replacement second-row Tuipulotu crossed, a try which came thanks to a lovely pass in close quarters from loosehead Karl Tu’inukuafe.
Argentina finally got over the whitewash on 59 minutes, if in fortuitous circumstances, with Cubelli’s try allowed despite clear double movement. Sanchez converted that score as it was now 28-10 with both coaches having now emptied their benches for the closing 20 minutes.
Boffelli then made it 28-17 with 12 minutes left after a strong carry from Pablo Matera to give Argentina hope, but that was extinguished seven minutes before full-time as Mo’unga’s smart grubber saw Lienert-Brown ground next to an upright to secure the win and the silverware.
Tries: Cubelli, Boffelli
Cons: Sanchez 2
For New Zealand:
Tries: Ioane 2, Naholo, Tuipulotu, Lienert-Brown
Cons: Barrett 4, Mo’unga
Yellow Card: Williams