NZ beats Argentina 57-22 after early scare

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Julian Savea on the charge.

Julian Savea on the charge. (Photo: Andrew Cornaga /

Flyhalf Beauden Barrett scored a try, made another and kicked 12 points as New Zealand quelled a spirited challenge from Argentina to win a Rugby Championship test 57-22 on Saturday.

Argentina rocked the All Blacks with winger Santiago Cordero's try after two minutes and led until the 24th when New Zealand went ahead for the first time with the second of three first-half tries.

The Pumas were still only two points behind at 24-22 in the 50th minute and were shaking the foundations of the All Blacks' game with their aggression on attack. But New Zealand went to its powerful bench and created four tries between the 53rd and 66th minutes — two to center Ryan Crotty — to destroy Argentina's hopes of a first-ever win over the All Blacks.

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