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New Zealand win Rugby Championship in La Plate

New Zealand won their third straight Rugby Championship title with a 34-13 bonus-point victory against Argentina on Saturday.

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The All Blacks ran in four tries to one in La Plata, enough to seal another success in the four-team competition that also involves South Africa and Australia.

New Zealand are now unbeaten in their last 22 Tests after victory on a night where captain Richie McCaw equalled a national team record with his 133rd appearance.

Beauden Barrett kicked two early penalties for New Zealand before an excellent line-out move saw Israel Dagg send Ben Smith over for the game's first try.

Nicolas Sanchez hit back with a penalty for the plucky Argentina before Dagg turned scorer, after involvement from Smith and Malakai Fekitoa in the build-up, to give the All Blacks a 20-6 half-time lead.

Julian Savea stormed through three defenders in the 56th minute to score his side's third try.

And knowing they needed just one more try to register a bonus point and win the Rugby Championship, New Zealand attacked regularly.

TJ Perenara scored the crucial fourth try for New Zealand - his first at international level - with 13 minutes to play after a television match official ruled in his favour.

Nathan Harris made a late debut for the All Blacks and there was still time for Argentina to score a deserved try, through Horacio Agulla.

But it mattered little in the end as Steve Hansen's side claimed a memorable victory.

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