Springboks 27 Argentina 6

GARETH DUNCAN brought you live commentary from the Test in Cape Town.

80 mins: Argentina are awarded a penalty in their 22m area. Hernandez clears the ball into touch as the final hooter blows. Disappointing end to the match for the Boks. SPRINGBOKS BEAT THE PUMAS 27-6!

76 mins: Time is running out at Newlands, and it seems the Boks are going to fall short of that four-try bonus point.

73 mins: The Boks have clear control of the game, but are struggling to turn this ascendancy into points.

69 mins: The Boks are breaking the Pumas defensive line regularly, but not enough support play. They’re also losing ball at breakdown too often.

66 mins: The flood gates have opened. The game has opened up and both teams are running the ball dangerously.

62 mins: Interesting sub. Mvovo is called off, and Ruan Pienaar comes on to play scrumhalf. Hougaard shifted to wing. Is this the way he it should be?

57 mins: SPRINGBOK TRY! And it’s a brilliant try. Morne Steyn puts in a cross kick with two chasers following the ball. And it’s wing Bryan Habana who grabbs the pill, and falls to score. Steyn converts, another difficult conversion. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 27-6!

55 mins: The Boks forcing play into Argentine red zone. Pumas struggling under pressure as the knock-on ball 10m from the tryline. Heyneke Meyer’s men have a good platform to score from.

53 mins: The Boks not going for goal from long distances, intent is clear that they want four tries. Four-try bonus points against Argentina will be crucial in Rugby Championship title race. The Boks need more composure on attack though.

50 mins: A poor clearance sees the Pumas under pressure in their own 22m area. The Boks enjoy a clean lineout, but lose the ball forward in the first tackle.

47 mins: Herandez misses another penalty moments later. Argentine driving maul looking very dangerous.

45 mins: This time, Hernandez misses. The Pumas No 10 pushes his kick wide.

43 mins: The Pumas have a lineout at the halfway line, and they show they can also produce a strong driving maul. They force play up field, and win a penalty in a kickable position.


39 mins: The hooter blows as the Boks attack from a scrum in centre field. They get three good phases in, but lose possession after a poor De Villiers offload. The Pumas hack the ball forward, but the Boks manage to boot the ball into touch. And that’s the end of the first half.

37 mins: The Boks find themselves in another try-scoring position, following a good touch finder from Morne Steyn. However, this time, the Pumas defend well, killing off the ball at a breakdown and winning the feed to a scrum.

34 mins: Hernandez is proving to be magician with the boot, he has a superb tactical kicking game. If only the Pumas could capitalise on these favourable field positions.

32 mins: PUMAS PENALTY! After being well restricted by a firm Bok defence, Pumas get awarded a penalty as the hosts are caught offside. Hernandez slots the three-pointer. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 20-6!

31 mins: Another injury for the Boks, and another Du Plessis brother. Jannie du Plessis limps off with an injury after bumping heads with the Beast, and Pat Cilliers gets an early run off the bench. It’s only a temporary blood replacement.

28 mins: SPRINGBOK TRY! Boks using their driving mauls to great effect, and the Pumas are struggling to stand firm against the hosts’ powerful pack. Flank Marcell Coetzee spots space out wide and peels off to touch down in the corner. Morne Steyn finds the target from a difficult angle. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 20-3!

26 mins: Argentina showing poor discipline midway through the first half. They’re pinned on halfway, this time for a breakdown foul. Could we see a long shot from one of the Steyns? No… De Villiers wants to attack and tells Morne Steyn to kick for touch.

24 mins: SPRINGBOK PENALTY! Morne Steyn gets a good touch finder, and the Boks win a penalty shortly after the resulting lineout as they catch Argentina offside. Steyn converts the easy penalty. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 13-3!

23 mins: Wing Lwazi Mvovo jumps high for an up and under, and gets tackled in the air. Receives some medical attention, but gets up and returns to action. Penalty awarded to the Boks.

22 mins: Hernandez tries another up and under, but this time, it’s an easy take in for Kirchner, who calls for the mark. The Bulls man then drives the ball back into Pumas’ territory. Good game so far for the fullback.

20 mins: Argentina build on the counter-attack, and tighthead prop Jannie du Plessis is pinned for a late shoulder charge. Poor by the experienced front-rower.

16 mins: SPRINGBOK TRY! Argentina lose the ball forward after the restart, and Boks have attacking scrum. Pumas are pinned for early engagement again, and Hougaard takes the quick tap. After a strong carry from inside centre Frans Steyn and flank Willem Alberts, Kirchner is put into space outwide and crashes over the try-line. Steyn converts the extras. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 10-3!

14 mins: PUMAS PENALTY! Hernandez scores Argentina’s first points of the match from right in front of the posts. SCORES ARE LEVEL AT 3-3!

13 mins: Great up and under from Hernandez after frustrating period of play for Argentina, and well taken in by fullback Zane Kirchner. However, the tourists manage to turnover possession and they go left on the counter. But Boks force tourists into touch. Referee Steve Walsh awards Argentina a penalty for a transgression before then.

9 mins: The Bok lineout is well composed and doesn’t succumb to the early pressure. Hougaard clears play to the halfway line.

8 mins: Argentina now enjoy a good spell of possession. Flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez capitalises and boots a good touch finder into the Boks’ red zone.

4 mins: SPRINGBOK PENALTY! No advanatage, and Steyn will get his first pot at goal. And its successful. Bad news though, as hooker Bismarck du Plessis is carried off the field with what looks like a serious injury. Adriaan Strauss gets an early run. SPRINGBOKS LEAD 3-0!

3 mins: Pumas are pinned for an early engagement, and the Boks attack from a quick tap. From the second phase, skipper Jean de Villiers runs into space and offloads to wing Bryan Habana, who rushes deep into the Argentine 22m area. The Pumas are penalised for a breakdown infringement.

2 mins: Scrumhalf Francois Hougaard executes his first box kick, just inside the Pumas’ half. It doesn’t go far, but Argentina lose the ball forward. Boks get feed to the first scrum.

KICK-OFF: Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn will start the game, and he does so with a high kick-off. Argentina gather possession, and clear play from their territory.

South Africa – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (c), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 François Hougaard, 8 Keegan Daniel, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Jacques Potgieter, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 JJ Engelbrecht.

Argentina – 15 Lucas Amorosino, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernández, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Juan Martín Hernández, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (c), 7 Álvaro Galindo, 6 Julio Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guiñazu, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.
Subs: 16 Bruno Postiglioni, 17 Marcos Ayerza, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Tomás Leonardi, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Martín Landajo, 22 Martín Rodríguez.