x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

All Blacks go back to the top of Rugby Championship table with win over Argentina.

Charles Piutau of the All Blacks is tackled by Argentina's Patricio Albacete. David Rogers / Getty Images
Charles Piutau of the All Blacks is tackled by Argentina's Patricio Albacete. David Rogers / Getty Images

New Zealand coach Steve Hansen believes the pressure is all on South Africa ahead of Saturday’s Rugby Championship decider.

Saturday’s 33-15 victory over Argentina leaves the All Blacks five points clear of their opponents in Johannesburg.

For the Springboks to take the title, they must score at least four tries, while not allowing Hansen’s side to score any points.

Given New Zealand have a perfect record, this appears an unlikely scenario, and Hansen said: “They are going to have to play some rugby to get four tries and that will suit us as much as it will suit the Springboks.

“Our guys are looking forward to this match – they are already starting to talk about it, so I don’t think there will be any problem getting motivated.”

A late try from winger Ben Smith, his second of the match, secured a bonus point against Argentina to leave New Zealand in their strong position. Julian Savea and Sam Cane had earlier scored tries, too.

Argentina have one chance remaining to avoid a second successive winless Rugby Championship campaign when they host Australia on Saturday in Rosario in a game that will decide who finishes last.

Argentine No 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe said: “It is very frustrating for us now, but we are growing and it will come. Let us hope Australia have a bad day and we have a good one.”