Rugby: New Zealand rack up 16th successive Test win, South Africa defeat Australia

The New Zealand All Blacks celebrate with the Rugby Championship trophy after their win against Argentina.
The New Zealand All Blacks celebrate with the Rugby Championship trophy after their win against Argentina. PHOTO: REUTERS

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - New Zealand recorded their 16th consecutive Test win on Saturday after scoring five tries in a devastating 17-minute spell on the way to a 36-17 win over Argentina in the Rugby Championship.

The All Blacks, who have already clinched the title with five straight victories, came under pressure from the Pumas late on, conceding two tries and having two men sin-binned.

Centres Anton Lienert-Brown and Ryan Crotty, hooker Dane Coles, scrumhalf TJ Perenara and fullback Ben Smith went over for New Zealand between the 28th and 45th minutes with Beauden Barrett converting four tries.

Pumas No. 8 Facundo Isa and fullback Joaquin Tuculet scored tries in the last 22 minutes as Argentina hit back, with New Zealand's Joe Moody and Liam Squire earning yellow cards.

New Zealand are now one win shy of matching the record for top-tier nations held by the All Blacks (1965-69, 2013-14) and South Africa (1997-98).

New Zealand top the table with 25 points followed by South Africa on 10 after their 18-10 win in Pretoria against Australia.

The Wallabies have nine points while Argentina are bottom of the standings with five.

In the last round of matches next Saturday, New Zealand visit South Africa and Argentina play Australia at Twickenham in London in the first Championship Test to be played outside the southern hemisphere.