The All Blacks practically won the Tri Nations title after a 38-0 bonus point victory over Argentina in Newcastle.
New Zealand’s five-down shutout on Saturday night will leave the Wallabies and Pumas through the moves in the final game of the tournament next week.
The All Blacks jumped five points ahead of the competition table after two tries in three minutes from substitute Will Jordan midway through the second half, they claimed victory at McDonald Jones Stadium.
To snatch the trophy, the Wallabies will have to beat the Pumas by 101 points in Sydney. Alternatively, the Pumas must defeat the Wallabies by 93 points after conceding four tries in the second half on Saturday night.
“We weren’t clinical. Too many mistakes when we had the ball, ”said Pumas captain Pablo Matera. “Some stupid mistakes in defense too. “
After losing to Argentina and the Wallabies, the All Blacks came into the game after losing back-to-back defeats for the first time since 2011. A third straight mistake would have placed manager Ian Foster under immense pressure to keep his job.
But Jordan’s tries came after hooker Dane Coles crossed for the lone five points of the first half to give the All Blacks a 10-0 lead at the break. Ardie Savea and Patrick Tuipulotu put the icing on the cake for the All Blacks.