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All Blacks win Rugby Championship after thumping Pumas

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Jim Morton

Julian Savea of the All Blacks dives over for his second try.

Julian Savea of the All Blacks dives over for his second try. Photo: Getty Images

LA PLATA, Argentina: The All Blacks have wrapped up the inaugural Rugby Championship in style, producing their best performance of the tournament with a 54-15 thumping of Argentina.

Despite a feverish opening quarter-hour by the Pumas, New Zealand showed all their muscle, guile and class to rack up seven tries to two.

Richie McCaw's men officially claimed the four-nation tournament by halftime with a four-try first-half rout at a jam-packed Stadia Ciudad de La Plata.

The attacking bonus point meant they couldn't be overhauled by second-placed South Africa, who thumped Australia 31-8 earlier on Sunday morning (AEST) in Pretoria, even with next week's last round clash to come in Johannesburg.

The All Blacks went on with the job after the break with winger Cory Jane capitalising on their dominance with a hat-trick as they celebrated a 15th straight Test victory dating back to last year's World Cup.

While they had comfortably won all four previous matches in the expanded and rebranded tournament, the world champions did not cross more than twice in any of them.

But they delivered on skipper McCaw's call for a top-shelf performance and broke the shackles in front of a shellshocked 53,000-strong Argentine crowd.

It was a far cry from the first 15 minutes when the locals were cock-a-hoop at leading 5-0 and winning the early collisions. Halfback Martin Landajo opened the scoring by finishing a well-worked first-phase backline move off that saw fullback Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino burst through on halfway. But Argentina's defence fell to pieces once Ma'a Nonu scooped from a vacant ruck area and expertly put halfback Aaron Smith over in the 17th minute.

It started a four-try blitz as No.8 Kieran Read strolled through to set up Jane in the corner, Savea punished rival Gonzalo Camacho for a spilt ball out wide, and then followed up for his second on the stroke of halftime in the very same corner for a 32-8 lead.

Although Camacho shrugged off Andrew Hore to score after the break, the All Blacks snuffed out any hint of a comeback as Savea manhandled two defenders for Jane's second.

In his comeback from a calf injury, Dan Carter showed his class and kicked five from seven for 12 first-half points but was rested midway through the second.

There was no let up for the home side as replacement Aaron Cruden broke the line with his first touch and set up Nonu for an easy try.

Jane put the icing on the cake with a 50m intercept on fulltime for his hat-trick.

NEW ZEALAND 54 (Cory Jane 3, Julian Savea 2, Ma'a Nonu, Aaron Smith tries Daniel Carter 3, Aaron Cruden 2 cons Carter 2, Cruden pens) bt ARGENTINA 15 (Gonzalo Camacho, Martin Landajo tries Juan Martin Hernandez con pen) at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata. Referee: Jaco Peyper.

AAP

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
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SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
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WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
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LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
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Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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