New Zealand's All Blacks went to the top of the Rugby Championship standings when they beat Argentina's Pumas 28-13 in Hamilton on Saturday.
The All Blacks have now played Argentina 17 times in Rugby history and remain undefeated by the Pumas.
The All Blacks have a big concern for the Rugby Championship as Richie McCaw had to be helped from the field with a knee injury when he limped off in the 61st minute of the Test match.
Argentina enjoyed an almost perfect start as Francis Saili fumbled a ball which allowed Juan Manuel Leguizamon to pounce on the ball and score the opening try of the match.
Nicolas Sanchez converted the try which gave Argentina a 0-7 lead after five minutes.
All Black star Dan Carter put New Zealand on the scoreboard with a penalty in the 10th minute but Argentina held on to their lead until the 23rd minute of the match.
Carter started the test match on 1,399 points and added 10 points to his international points tally.
Eusebio Guinazu who was sinbinned against the Springboks in the first round was again yellow carded and in his absence All Black number 9 Aaron Smith scored two quick tries which put New Zealand into a lead which they never surrendered.
All Black coach Steve Hansen said after the match that his captain McCaw could be out for at least four weeks due to the knee injury which left him writhing in agony.
McCaw had been one of the few All Blacks to impress as they took control midway through the first half, when piling on 12 unanswered points in a 10-minute spell, after Argentina were punished with a yellow card for a professional foul.
But it was not the performance the All Blacks wanted for their 382nd victory, which put them level with France as the most successful Test-playing nations.
The three-tries-to-one win was also not the warm-up they wanted before the expected tougher challenge next week from the Springboks.
In a game that lacked rhythm in the constant drizzle that fell throughout, the All Blacks went three from three in their quest to retain the Rugby Championship title after having previously swept past Australia 47-29 and 27-16.
They lifted their try tally to 11 from the three matches with Aaron Smith scoring twice in the first half and Julian Savea touching down in the second.
Flyhalf Dan Carter, in his comeback Test after being sidelined with a calf injury, became the first player to top 1,400 Test points when he lifted his tally to 1,409 before he was replaced early in the second half.
Juan Manuel Leguizamon scored Argentina's sole try, with Nicolas Sanchez adding a conversion and two penalties.
With ample possession at their disposal, New Zealand tried to play with pace and width, only to be upset by the fast-closing defensive pattern employed by the South Americans which forced multiple handling errors.
The All Blacks made an atrocious start.
Carter's first touch was a forward pass, Argentina won a scrum penalty and then Francis Saili spilled a simple pass from which Juan Figallo snapped up the loose ball and sent Leguizamon on a 22-metre run to the line.
Sanchez's conversion had Argentina unexpectedly 7-0 ahead with only six minutes gone.
Carter replied with a penalty but missed two more, as Argentina's aggressive approach cost them penalties but continued to rattle the All Blacks.
The game turned after 22 minutes, when hooker Eusebuo Guinazu was yellow-carded for a professional foul and the All Blacks chalked up 12 points in his absence.
A deft pass by Kieran Read around the back of Martin Landajo put Aaron Smith over for their first try with Carter converted from the sideline.
Carter then cut through the Argentina backline on a 50-metre run from which Ben Smith chipped ahead for his namesake Aaron to score his second try.
To counter the long-range strikes by the All Blacks, Argentina lifted their kicking game to regain territory, and when eventually rewarded with a handy penalty, Sanchez slotted the goal to narrow the gap to 15-10.
Carter and Sanchez exchanged further penalties after the resumption before Savea scored the All Blacks' third try after Read charged down a Landajo clearing kick.
Sanchez replied with his second penalty before Beauden Barrett, who replaced Carter, landed a simple three-pointer after Argentina captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe was found guilty of holding back Saili in a race for the ball.
Final Score New Zealand 28 (15) Argentina 13 (10)
Tries - A.Smith 2, J.Savea
Pen - D.Carter 2, B.Barrett
Con - D.Carter 2
Tries - J. M.Leguizamon
Pen - N.Sanchez 2
Con - N. Sanchez
Cards - E. Guinazu (22nd min yellow)
Referee: Jerome Gaes
Assistant Ref 1:Romain Poite
Assistant Ref 2:James Leckie
TMO : Matt Goddard
Israel Dagg, Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Francis Saili, Julian Savea; Dan Carter, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (captain), Steven Luatua; Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick; Charlie Faumuina, Andrew Hore, Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett, Ben Franks, Jeremy Thrush, Sam Cane, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Charles Piutau.
Juan Martin Hernandez, Gonzalo Camacho, Marcelo Bosch, Santiago Fernandez, Horacio Agulla; Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Pablo Matera, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe; Julio Farias Cabello, Manuel Carizza; Juan Figallo, Eusebio Guinazu, Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Nahuel Lobo, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Mariano Galarza, Benjamin Macome, Tomas Cubelli, Felipe Contepomi, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.