Argentina 16 Springboks 16
25 Aug 2012
GARETH DUNCAN brought you live commentary from the Rugby Championship Test in Mendoza.
80 mins: Springbok attack well and run into the Pumas’ 22m area. However, as they break into a promising position, Argentina force the turnover and Landajo clears the ball into touch to end the game. This will be a massive blow to the Boks’ title aspirations. THE MATCH ENDS IN A 16-16 DRAW!
78 mins: Argentina bossing possession during the dying stages, but reserve hooker Tiaan Liebenberg forces the turnover during a maul. Last chance for the Boks.
72 mins: Boks manage to steal possession and look dangerous on attack with strong ball carries and impressive play. Pumas concede the penalty and Morne Steyn wants a shot at goal from a difficult angle. But the flyhalf misses. That was a crucial kick.
70 mins: Pumas slowing down play and trying to frustrate the Boks. It’s working so far.
65 mins: SPRINGBOK TRY! Against the run of play, the visitors score. Frans Steyn charges down an Argentinean kick and gets an easy run in to the chalk. Morne Steyn adds the extras to level the scores. THE SCORES ARE LEVEL AT 16-16!
63 mins: Pumas forcing play into the Bok half, and piling on the pressure. Try-scorer Fernández attempts a drop goal, but his shot goes wide.
62 mins: Pumas break into the Bok red zone following reserve scrumhalf Martín Landajo’s break. But the nippy player, who brushed off Ruan Pienaar, couldn’t find any support. South Africa steal possession, but Frans Steyn’s clearance comes off the side of the boot.
56 mins: MISSED OPPORTUNITY! Boks are on the front foot as they enjoy their most convincing play of the match. But 5m out from the tryline, Pumas force the turnover and clear danger.
54 mins: SPRINGBOK PENALTY! It doesn’t take long before Morne Steyn gets his fourth shot at goal. The Boks broke into the Pumas half on attack, and the hosts are pinned for not rolling away quick enough. PUMAS LEAD 16-9!
51 mins: PUMAS PENALTY! Van der Merwe’s cynical play costs the Boks as Rodriguez converts his third penalty. PUMAS LEAD 16-6!
50 mins: Lock Andries Bekker is hauled off early, and Flip van der Merwe gets an early run. Van der Merwe then concedes a penalty at the lineout for dangerous play.
48 mins: SPRINGBOK PENALTY! Morne Steyn converts his third shot at the posts. Springboks cut the deficit to seven points. PUMAS LEAD 13-6!
47 mins: Pumas concede another penalty minutes later, this time at the tackle point and near to the posts. Morne Steyn steps up.
45 mins: Pumas concede the first penalty of the second stanza for offside, 54m from the posts. Francois Steyn wants another shot at goal. But the inside centre pulls it wide again.
43 mins: Boks don’t buckle under pressure and manage to boot play out of danger from the lineout.
42 mins: Boks take in restart, but no real distance on the clearance. Argentina punish this mistake as they boot play into the corner of South Africa’s 22m area.
HALF TIME: Argentina 13 Springboks 3
40 mins: Boks put up a high ball and wing Lwazi Mvovo chases. But he loses the ball forward, and Walsh blows for half-time.
39 mins: The Boks get some good ground into Pumas’ territory, but as they enter the hosts’ red zone, Coetzee spills the ball in contact and Argentina clear. Frustrating play by the Boks.
36 mins: PUMAS PENALTY! Rodriguez makes no mistake as he converts his fifth attempt at goal. Right through the middle. PUMAS LEAD 13-3!
35 mins: Looks like the Boks have undone all their hard work, which helped them opening their score tally. They concede a penalty in a kickable position.
33 mins: SPRINGBOK PENALTY! Morne Steyn gets it over this time, converts his second attempt at goal. But Boks need to work much harder to get back into this match. ARGENTINA LEAD 10-3!
32 mins: Morne Steyn gets a chance to redeem himself moments later. Argentina are penalised for obstruction.
30 mins: Morne Steyn misses an easy kick. Should’ve been an easy penalty goal for the flyhalf.
28 mins: Much better attacking rugby by the Boks, as they clear more effectively at the tackle points. Scrumhalf Francois Hougaard gets better service and the backline run much better with this platform. Argentina are then penalised for offside.
23 mins: Pumas continue their dominance in the breakdown battle and win a penalty in a kickable position. Rodriguez takes aim for his third pot at goal, but pushes the attempt wide.
20 mins: WHAT IS GOING ON? Boks are struggling as Pumas are delivering a strong and physical performance in the first stanza.
16 mins: PUMAS TRY! Argentina excelling on attack and carry the ball well into Springbok red zone. The Bok defence is in shambles as the Pumas get quick ball after each phase and inside centre Santiago Fernández breaks away to dot down under the posts. Rodríguez adds the extras. PUMAS LEAD 10-0!
14 mins: Springboks have good attacking position in the Pumas’ red zone. However, the hosts compete very well at the breakdown to spoil the visitors’ rhythm. Argentina force the turnover.
10 mins: PUMAS PENALTY! The Springboks’ ill-discipline costing them early on. Rodríguez slots his second attempt at goal, and the hosts are ahead. ARGENTINA LEAD 3-0!
7 mins: Bok flank Marcell Coetzee is penalised for a high tackle, and Sanchez boots play into the Springbok 22m area. Great touch finder. However, the Boks lineout competes well and steals the feed. South Africa clear play.
5 mins: Boks are pinned for offside again, this time inside their own territory. Pumas fullback Marin Rodríguez lines up his first kick, but doesn’t have the distance as the kick falls under the crossbar.
2 mins: Pumas concede their first penalty near the halfway line, referee Steve Walsh blows for a breakdown transgression. Inside centre Frans Steyn steps up to take an early shot at goal. It’s a good strike, but the kick is pushed wide.
KICK-OFF: Springbok flyhalf Morne Steyn starts the match with a deep kick-off. Pumas captain Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe takes in and carries strongly. Boks are over eager in the Argentine red zone and are pinned for offside.
Argentina - 15 Martín Rodríguez, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernández, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (c), 7 Álvaro Galindo, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guiñazu, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.
Subs: 16 Bruno Postiglioni, 17 Marcos Ayerza, 18 Leonardo Senatore, 19 Tomás Leonardi, 20 Martín Landajo, 21 Lucas González Amorosino, 22 Juan Imhoff.
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 Willem Alberts, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 JJ Engelbrecht.