Springboks grind out Rugby Championship win over Argentina

The Springboks beat Argentina 29-10 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday 21 August 2021 to move to the top of the Rugby Championship table.

Springboks grind out Rugby Championship win over Argentina

The Springboks beat Argentina 29-10 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday 21 August 2021 to move to the top of the Rugby Championship table.

Springboks 29-10 Argentina: Match report

The first half was marked by frequent infringements from the Pumas who would give away 13 penalties in the first 40 minutes.

Handre Pollard goalled five of those to ensure that the Springboks led 15-3 at the break.

The Springboks were frustrated in attack as Argentina did a good job of stopping their rolling mauls, albeit at times illegally.

A spoiling game cost Argentina their eighthman Rodrigo Bruni for ten minutes late in the half but even then the Boks couldn’t breach their line.

Domingo Miotti missed his second and third kicks at goal either side of half time having put the Pumas on the board in the 25th minute.

Half time

In the second half the Springboks used the lineout to great effect and after an enterprising worked move, had Argentina on the ropes, before Makazole Mapimpi crossed in the corner for the first try of the match.

A brilliant kick from Pollard set up a five metres lineout in the 50th minute, and Malcolm Marx would score as the maul powered over.

The two quick scores took the game away from the Pumas but the Springboks squandered a couple of good chances before the hour.

Argentina got within inches of the Springbok line with a maul of their own but they knocked on over the line.

A nasty injury sustained by Jaden Hendrikse left the Springboks playing with 14 men for the last eight minutes with all their substitutes on the park.

Four overthrown lineout throws cost the Springboks their shot at a bonus point and despite a frantic finish that saw the Pumas’ Thomas Lavanini yellow carded, The Springboks couldn’t get on the board in the final quarter.

Pablo Matera scored a consolation try five minutes after the hooter and it would end 29-10 in the Springboks favour.

SPRINGBOKS VS ARGENTINA: TEAMS

Springboks

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Trevor Nyakane

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff,18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Nicolaas van Rensburg, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Dan du Preez, 22 Jaden Hendrikse, 23 Damian Willemse.

Argentina

Argentina: 15 Juan Cruz Mallía, 14 Ignacio Mendy, 13 Santiago Chocobares, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Santiago Carreras, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Guido Petti, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Francisco Gómez Kodela, 2 Julián Montoya (c), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Replacements: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Juan Martín González, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Nicolás Sánchez, 23 Lucio Cinti

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