The game ended with Argentina having two lineout throws five metres from the All Blacks line, the first resulting in a penalty, and the second in a determined drive by the All Blacks pack who secured the turnover to seal the win.
It had been a frustrating second half in which the All Blacks were held scoreless, especially after a fine second quarter in which the New Zealanders looked set to dominate in the second half.
But they were unable to achieve the same fluidity against an Argentina side who scored the only try of the second half and who contested every play and who looked to probe, causing a thorough test of the New Zealand defensive lines.
The All Blacks carried for 504 metres against 301 for Argentina and they beat 38 defenders to nine but they also conceded 25 turnovers to 18 by the home team.
New Zealand were forced to make 103 tackles to 79 by Argentina but the home side missed 38 tackles to only nine by the All Blacks and that spelled the difference in the end. Captain and flanker Sam Cane led the way with 12 tackles while Ardie Savea made 10 with prop Ofa Tuungafasi also making 10. New flanker Luke Jacobson added six when marking his debut in the final quarter.