Morne Steyn’s goalkicking saved South Africa the embarrassment of defeat in Mendoza.
Steyn kicked two penalties in the final eight minutes to secure the Boks a 22-17 win.
Steyn did not miss with five penalty attempts and one conversion.
The Boks, who trailed 17-13 at halftime, took the lead for the first time in the 72nd minute.
The Boks beat Argentina in Soweto 73-13 a week ago but this performance was more consistent with a season ago when the Boks drew 16-all in Mendoza.
Argentina were passionate and aggressive but the Boks, in the collisions, never fronted and the Boks big men never matched the home team’s physicality or urgency.
The Pumas restored pride but they also lost an opportunity for a stunning upset victory.
The Boks got out of jail.
They’ll take the win but there is no way to sugarcoat this one for the Boks.
It was a shocker.
South Africa still top the Rugby Championship table after two rounds.
Argentina – Tries: Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Marcelo Bosch. Conversions: Felipe Contepomi (2). Penalty: Contepomi.
Springboks – Try: Bjorn Basson. Conversion: Morné Steyn. Penalties: Steyn (5).
Argentina – 15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Felipe Contepomi (c), 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Mariano Galarza, 4 Julio Farias Cabello, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Subs: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Tomas Lavaninni, 19 Benjamin Macome, 20 Tomas Cubelli, 21 Santiago Fernandez, 22 Juan Imhoff.
Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Juandré Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.
Run of play commentary as it happened
80 That’s South Africa’s first away win against southern hemisphere opposition since 2009 but it certainly wasn’t a convincing one. It’s hard to believe that these are the same teams that played out last week’s 73-13 encounter. The Pumas were much more physical and aggressive, not letting the Springbok forwards dominate and as a result placing Pienaar under a lot of pressure. The hosts will be disappointed to come out on the wrong end of the result but can take heart from the improvements they’ve made. For the Springboks, a win is a win but they’ll know that such performances will not beat New Zealand nor Australia.
80 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN 22-17. Another indiscretion from the Pumas as they concede a penalty at the line-out maul and this time Steyn does go for posts with time all but up.
79 Pienaar uses his boot to drive the Pumas back with high kicks and while it seems an odd tactic it proves effective as the hosts can’t gather and they then infringe at the ruck. The Springboks don’t go for the posts though, rather setting up the line-out. Interesting decision.
77 After two re-set scrums Pienaar is quickly onto Leguizam?n and the ball is slow for the Pumas. Cubelli puts in the box kick and it’s claimed in the air by the Argentinian chaser but the offload is forward and the Springboks have a scrum up against the near touchline just inside their own half.
74 The Pumas manage to claim the 22 and the ball is moved wide. De Villiers gets a hand to it as he goes for the tackle and a knock on is called. The South African skipper is a tad lucky, on another day that could have been ruled a deliberate knock down.
73 Pienaar collects well and hooves the ball down field but for about the third time tonight a long kick has gone into the in-goal area and the Pumas have an easy out with the 22.
72 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN 17-19. No mistake from Steyn and South Africa have clawed their way into the lead for the first time.
72 A huge sigh of relief for Louw as his flick pass off the back of the maul is intercepted but referee Walsh brings them back for collapsing of the maul.
70 The Pumas front row is pinged for scrumming up and Steyn relieves some pressure with a great kick, finding touch on the Pumas 22.
69 South Africa defend the maul well from the line-out and when the ball isn’t produced they’re handed the put-in at the scrum.
68 Gurthr? Steenkamp is penalised at the scrum and Argentina set up a line-out halfway between the 22 and the 10m line.
67 Steyn kicks downtown from the scrum but it’s too far and the Pumas dot down for the 22. Beautiful stepping from Sanchez as he pounces on a loose ball and surges into the Springbok half! The ball goes loose though and le Roux grubbers it into Pumas territory. Sanchez is back to cover and clears. The Springboks run it back at them but there is a knock on from the replacement hooker Bismarck du Plessis.
64 The 22 goes high and the Pumas do well to claim it with Cabello leaping into the air to take it. Not for the first time the Springboks do really well to hold the ball carrier up and as the tackle turns to a collapsed maul and the ball isn’t released, it’s a Springbok put-in.
63 Bosch goes for the long-range effort from inside his own half and he has the distant but it’s just wide to the right.
62 Some beautiful handling from the Argentina forwards sees them burst into the Springboks half. They’re up to the 22 and try to use the pick and go but possession is stolen at the ruck and the visitors attack. The ball is kick ahead but the Pumas cover is there and it’s a 22. The 22 is taken quickly and Camacho is up to the 10m line before the Springboks react. The visitors are off-side at the ruck and Argentina have a penalty on halfway. A brief break as we go to the TMO for a case of possible foul play but once again there is nothing on the replays.
59 Replacement scrum-half Tom?s Cubelli’s first act is to feed the scrum but it’s not straight! Steyn and Sanchez exchange kicks with le Roux fielding the latter’s and he chips it straight into tough – a shocker really.
57 The line-out on halfway doesn’t look straight but it’s no matter for the Pumas as the Springboks had the incorrect numbers so it’s a free kick. Landajo sets his team in motion but the ball is kicked through to le Roux in the 22 who decides to run it out and the Springboks make it up to halfway before they gift possession back through a knock forward from Mtawarira.
55 It’s a bit scrappy from the Springboks but as they move the ball from one side to the other they make some ground but again the Pumas are more aggressive and physical at the breakdown and they win the penalty! Disappointing stuff from the Springboks.
53 The ball is lost forward at the line-out though and Argentina spread it in their own 22 as they look to break out. Bosch does so well to get his hands through the tackle but fumbles possession just as he looks to offload and the Springboks have a scrum just outside the Pumas 22.
52 The Springboks try to get the drive working but Argentina again infringe, this time taking the legs of the jumper and the home side have now lost 60 plus metres as a result.
51 First le Roux and then Alberts come into the line at pace but the flanker is isolated and the Pumas turn it over. The ball is cleared and the Springboks have a line-out just outside their 22. A chance to clear though as the home side concede a penalty at the line-out for taking down the jumper.
49 A scrum against the head! Vermeulen breaks off the bag and hands it off to de Villiers whose pass to Habana is poor and the ball is knocked on. The Pumas play on and despite moving it through the phases don’t make much headway before knocking it on themselves. Referee Walsh rules they’ve had enough advantage though so it’s a Springbok scrum just on the Pumas’ side of halfway.
47 For the second time today le Roux has gone up for a high ball and failed to collect it. The ball goes backwards off the Pumas man but de Villiers then gets his hand to it as the ball is moved on and on that occasion it is a knock forward.
46 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN 16-17. The deficit is down to just one as Steyn puts the penalty over.
45 Camacho is in at first receiver but he’s hammered in the tackle and Louw is over the ball and wins the penalty for the Springboks. Steve Walsh has asked the TMO Kilgore to look at an incident of foul play with the Springbok players suggesting there may have been some eye gouging involved but there is nothing clear on the replays so we stick with the original penalty.
44 The Springboks move the ball through the backs but de Villiers is caught in possession and the Pumas power over the top and Landajo breaks away with the ball. He turns it over though and the South Africans attack once more. They look to use the width of the field but run out of room and the ball is knocked on under pressure.
42 We’re back underway and Steyn clears to the 10m line. Argentina break off the back of the line-out but it’s truck and trailer so the Springboks are awarded a penalty. Steyn sets up the line-out 30m out from the Pumas line.
0 Few would have predicted this scoreline at half-time yet it’s a similar situation to the one we had last year – who will come out on top?
40 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN 13-17. Steyn finds the target from in front to narrow the lead to four but it’s the hosts who have an unlikely lead at the break.
39 The ball is knocked into touch off Camacho and the Springboks have a line-out on their opposition’s 10m line. Etzebeth takes and it’s moved through the hands. The Pumas don’t roll away and they concede a penalty.
38 CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, CONTEPOMI 17-10. No mistake this time from Contepomi!
37 TRY, ARGENTINA, BOSCH 15-10. The Springboks slow it down, illegally slow, and the Pumas continue to attack knowing the penalty is coming. They don’t need it though as Bosch breaks through some poor tackling – Jannie du Plessis perhaps the biggest culprit – and forces his way over!
36 Landajo is bringing the runners into play with very flat passes, it’s being fairly effective. A grubber down the touchline comes off Pienaar and into touch. Pumas line-out on the Boks’ 10m line. Bosch does well to get the Pumas going with a break through the first line of defence. The ball is worked wide to Amorosino who cuts inside and beats two defenders.
34 From almost right in front the skipper shaves it to the right.
33 Camacho gets himself involved straight off the back of the scrum, The Springboks come away with the ball but they’re pinged for off-side and Contepomi has a kick from about 45m out to put the home side in front.
31 A flat ball to le Roux from Pienaar and the Springboks make some good ground from the set piece before Etzabeth knocks on and we have a scrum on halfway.
30 A better scrum from Argentina. Contepomi is brought into the line from an inside ball but he’s held up in the tackle by de Villiers and the Boks have the put-in to the scrum.
28 Steyn and Pienaar exchange kicks with Amorosino and le Roux can’t hold on as he looks to come down with a high one. Scrum for the Pumas just inside opposition territory.
26 From the attacking line-out inside the Springbok half, Leguizam?n is brought into the line and he does well but the next pass is knocked on and the Pumas attack is brought to a halt.
24 The Pumas defence go off their feet and Steyn sets up another line-out. Brilliant work from the Pumas though as they drive the line-out back a good 10 odd metres! The ball goes loose and the Springboks infringe as they try to regain possession.
21 It’s untidy from the line-out but the home side get the ball moving through first Bosch and then Matera but they’re met with some firm defence. S?nchez puts in a really poor high kick as the Pumas run out of ideas and there are men in front of the kicker so the Springboks have a penalty just inside their half. Steyn puts the ball into touch on the Argentina 22m.
19 It’s the Pumas who win the penalty at scrum time on this occasion and the line-out is set up just on the Springboks side of halfway.
18 Busy times for the TMO Marshall Kilgore as he’s called on once more, this time as Kruger goes over! There is suspicion of a forward pass earlier in the move as Etzabeth put Strauss into space before the hooker passed outside to Kruger and replays show the ball did indeed go forward.
18 TMO decision here as Pienaar almost creates a try out of nothing! The ball is hacked ahead and as the Pumas defender tries to shepherd the ball over the line, Pienaar dives in from behind and nearly gets the touchdown. 22 drop out.
16 Argentina are putting a lot of pressure on Pienaar and the Springboks clear in a hurry.
15 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN 10-10. We’re all square as Steyn slots the conversion.
15 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, BASSON 8-10. The attempted clearance from the Pumas doesn’t go far and the Boks get back on attack and move the ball swiftly out wide where Basson turns on the gas and dives over for the Springboks’ first try.
14 Super hands from le Roux nearly sees Habana go over in the corner as the Boks move it from the scrum but he’s caught just short. The visitors move it from side to side and loose pass allows Contepomi to hack it ahead but the Springboks regain possession.
12 The Pumas look to run the restart out of the 22 but the ball is held up so it’s a maul and when the ball doesn’t come out as the players go to ground the Springboks are awarded a scrum in midfield.
11 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, CONTEPOMI 10-3. The experienced centre finds the target from about 12 in from the right-hand touchline and the lead is back out to 7.
10 An exchange of kicks sees the Pumas come out on top as Bjorn Basson is penalised for being in front of the kicker as he went on the chase. Contepomi now will try to add three more points.
9 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN 3-7. From just outside the 22 and 10 odd metres in from the far touchline, Steyn was never going to miss it and he duly slots the kick.
8 Steve Walsh urges the Argentinians to stay bound at the scrum but the man on the far side of the scrum, Pablo Matera, doesn’t and South Africa have a penalty. Steyn will go for posts.
7 Landajo sneaks away down the blindside after Willie le Roux is swamped by the chasing pack from an up and under. The ball is moved into the middle of the park but there is a knock on and the Springboks can clear. We have our first scrum after the Boks loose it this time and it’s the visitors who can the early advantage, wheeling the scrum and gaining the put-in just outside the Argentina 22.
4 CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, CONTEPOMI 7-0. The Pumas captain adds the extras!
3 TRY, ARGENTINA, LEGUIZAMON 5-0! What a start for the home side! They put in the line-out drive and Juan Manuel Leguizam?n busts his way over!
3 Gonzalo Camacho takes the restart and attacks the line strongly. Mart?n Landajo puts in the box kick and the Springboks get their hands on the ball for the first time. The ball goes loose at the ruck though and it’s hacked ahead by one of the Pumas players! Habana is under heavy pressure and the hosts have the ball. It’s spread wide but they run out of room but the ball went out off a Springbok hand.
0 The anthems have been completed and we’re about to get underway at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas.
0 The skies are clear and there is no wind to speak of at the moment but it certainly is quite chilly, with the temperature sitting at eight degrees.
0 Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has stuck with the same stating XV that did the business last time out. The only alteration to the matchday 22 comes in the form of Jano Vermaak replacing Fourie du Preez as the back up number nine. Du Preez is unavailable for the contest due to an agreement with his Japanese club.
0 Pumas boss Santiago Phelan has rung the changes ahead of this clash, with a third of his side tinkered with. Among the backs, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino comes in at full-back for the injured Juan Martin Hernandez while Horacio Agulla is drafted onto the wing at the expense of Juan Imhoff who drops to the bench. It’s all change in the second row, where Julio Farias Cabello and Mariano Galarza replace Patricio Albacete and Manuel Carizza. In the front row, Marcos Ayerza packs down at loosehead prop, with Juan Figallo shifting across to the tighthead side.
0 The two sides met last week in Soweto and the Springboks triumphed by a massive 60 points – will there be a repeat showing on offer tonight? Last year in Mendoza, Argentina claimed a memorable 16-16 draw which will surely give them something to feel confident about
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