New Zealand beats Argentina 36-17 in Rugby Championship
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) New Zealand took 28 minutes to break down Argentina's defense then ran in five tries within 15 minutes either side halftime to set up a 36-17 win over the Pumas in a Rugby Championship test on Sunday.
Rookie center Anton Lienert-Brown scored the first try and gave the last pass in three others as the All Blacks took a commanding 29-3 lead to halftime after leading 3-0 with almost a half-hour gone.
But the match became bogged down in the second half as South African referee Jaco Peyper dished out a string of penalties against New Zealand and sent two All Blacks to the sin-bin.
After trailing 36-3 in the 44th minute, the Pumas cut New Zealand's margin with two late tries.