The All-Blacks, who have lost twice under head coach Steve Hansen, were also unbeaten in Christchurch since 1998, and showed their power and dominance all over the pitch, scoring a total of five tries.
Captain Richie McCaw, who was playing likely his last test in his hometown, opened the scoring before Ma’a Nonu, Charles Piutau, Kieran Read and debutant Codie Taylor made up the rest of the scores.
The young Argentinian side show glimpses of class, with their experienced Captain Agustin Cleevy leading the charge with two tries, however, New Zealand were simply scintillating at times
Hansen had fielded the most experienced test team of all time as the starting XV had an astonishing 920 caps between them, and with that came a vast improvement on last weekends 25-16 win against Samoa.
1. Joe Moody, 2. Dane Coles, 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Luke Romano, 5. Brodie Retallick, 6. Vaea Fifita, 7. Ardie Savea, 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. TJ Perenara, 10. Beauden Barrett, 11. Nehe Milner-Skudder, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Israel Dagg, 15. Damian McKenzie
Reserves: 16. Codie Taylor, 17. Wyatt Crockett, 18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19. Scott Barrett, 20. Sam Cane, 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22. Lima Sopoaga, 23. Ngani Laumape
1. Lucas Noguera Paz, 2. Agustin Creevy (c), 3. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 4. Guido Petti, 5. Matias Alemanno, 6. Pablo Matera, 7. Javier Ortega Desio, 8. Benjamin Macome, 9. Tomas Cubelli, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 11. Emiliano Boffelli, 12. Jeronimo de la Fuente, 13. Matias Moroni, 14. Santiago Cordero, 15. Joaquin Tuculet
Reserves: 16. Julian Montoya, 17. Santiago Garcia Botta, 18. Enrique Pieretto Heilan, 19. Marcos Kremer, 20. Tomas Lezana, 21. Martin Landajo, 22. Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23. Matias Orlando
Pre-match banter: Juan Manuel Leguizamon insists Argentina must play a ‘perfect game’ against the All Blacks
Argentina loose forward Juan Manuel Leguizamon knows his team must play a perfect game if they are to beat the All Blacks for the first time on Saturday night.
In 24 Test matches between the two nations, the All Blacks have won 23 of them with the other being a 21-21 draw back in 1985.
Leguizamon has featured in 10 of those Tests since making his international debut back in 2005.
The hard-working 34-year-old knows it is always tough playing the world champions, but he has faith in the Pumas that they can claim a famous win in New Plymouth.
We know we must play a perfect game to have our chance. Otherwise, it’s going to be very, very difficult and we know that, Leguizamon told reporters.
We are trying to have a perfect week and a perfect game. We know it’s hard but we believe in our weapons and we trust in that.
We must be focused for 80, 82 or 84 minutes when we play against the All Blacks and be preparing in our heads to play that game.
It’s the most important game you play in your career, so we must prepare in our heads for that.
After losing their first two games of the Rugby Championship against South Africa, Argentina knows they have to improve aspects of their game if they are going to topple the All Blacks for the first time
The main aspect is defence after the Pumas conceded 78 points in those two games.
We need a better defence definitely.
We defended quite well in the first game in South Africa, but we defended for a lot of time.
We need to mix good defence with good attack. It’s a pretty easy answer but it’s very hard to do it.
A perfect game of rugby means perfect defence and pretty effective attack.
Leguizamon said his side are not reading too much into the Lions series and the first two All Blacks Tests’ against the Wallabies last month, despite both teams exposing New Zealand during phases of the game.
Every game is different. We know the All Blacks and how they play.
We don’t think about the past, we just think about the next game. Australia played well last week but the All Blacks are still winning.
They have still been the best. In their last game even if they weren’t winning the whole game, they still did some pretty amazing things.
I think they’re still playing very, very well.
Both the All Blacks and Argentina will name their squads for Saturday’s clash on Thursday.