Rugby Championship: New Zealand overcome Argentina

New Zealand extended their 100% start to the Rugby Championship with a hard-fought victory over a stubborn Argentina in rain-lashed Hamilton.

The Pumas took an early 7-0 lead with a converted Juan Manuel Leguizamon try.

The Rugby Championship 2013

Saturday 18 August

Australia 29-47 New Zealand

South Africa 73-13 Argentina

Saturday 24 August

New Zealand 27-16 Australia

Argentina 17-22 South Africa

Saturday 7 September

New Zealand 28-13 Argentina

Australia v South Africa (1105 BST)

Saturday 14 September

New Zealand v South Africa

Australia v Argentina

Saturday 28 September

South Africa v Australia

Argentina v New Zealand

Saturday 5 October

South Africa v New Zealand

Argentina v Australia

But a Dan Carter penalty and two quick-fire tries from scrum-half Aaron Smith saw the All Blacks take a 15-10 half-time lead at Waikato Stadium.

Another Carter penalty and Julian Savea's try put the hosts 25-13 clear before Beauden Barrett's late penalty.

But the All Blacks, who equalled a Tri-Nations/Rugby Championship record with their ninth straight victory in the annual southern hemisphere tournament, saw skipper Richie McCaw limp off with a knee injury on the hour.

Argentina also suffered a blow when Leicester-bound wing Gonzalo Camacho departed early in the second half with a dislocated shoulder.

Saturday's second game sees Australia, who lost their opening two games home and away to New Zealand, host South Africa - who have beaten Argentina twice so far - in Brisbane.

More to follow.

New Zealand: Dagg, B Smith, C Smith, Saili, Savea, Carter, A Smith; Woodcock, Hore, Faumuina, Retallick, Whitelock, Luatua, McCaw, Read.

Replacements: Coles, Crockett, B Franks, Thrush, Cane, Kerr-Barlow, Barrett, Piutau.

Argentina: Hernandez, Camacho, Bosch, Fernandez, Agulla, Sanchez, Landajo, Ayerza, Guinazu, Figallo, Carizza, Farias Cabello, Fernandez Lobbe, Matera, Leguizamon.

Replacements: Creevy, Lobo, Orlandi, Galarza, Macome, Cubelli, Contepomi, Gonzalez Amorosino.