Cup holders, New Zealand began their campaign in the Rugby Championship with a narrow 20-16 win over Argentina on Saturday in Buenos Aires.
After trailing by 11 points at half-time, the Pumas kept the All Blacks scoreless in the second half only to fail narrowly in their quest for a first-ever victory over New Zealand.
New Zealand racked up their 450th Test win despite resting regular captains Kieran Read and Sam Whitelock. It was not your typical All Blacks game which saw them cling to a four-point lead for 30 minutes in the second half which was dominated by the Pumas.
Nicolas Sanchez and Emiliano Boffelli provided the only points for the Pumas in the first half converting a hat-trick of penalties including a long-range Boffelli kick from the half-way mark.
New Zealand scored the first of two opening-half tries in the 18 minute with Ngani Laumape powering over between the posts after a quick Aaron Smith tap penalty.
The second try came just before half-time through an interception from Brodie Retallick which saw a 50 meter unchallenged run for his try. Beauden Barrett kicked two penalties and conversions from both tries to take his past 600 career points.
The Pumas will be back in action on Saturday 27 July when they travel to Brisbane to play the Wallabies. Play starts at 1145SAST.
Tries: Emiliano Boffelli (47)
Penalties: Nicolas Sachez(2,21)
Conversions: Nicolas Sachez (48), Emiliano Boffelli (7)
New Zealand 20(20)
Tries: Ngani Laumape (19), Brodie Retallick (40)
Penalties: Beauden Barrett (23,37)
Conversions: Beauden Barrett (19,40)
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Tomas Cubelli; 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 23 Joaquin Tuculet
15 Ben Smith, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Jordie Barrett, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Ofa Tuungafasi
Substitutes: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jackson Hemopo, 20 Luke Jacobson, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Josh Ioane, 23 Braydon Ennor