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South Africa
South Africa
13
Tries
Ruan Pienaar (2)
Penalties
Morne Steyn (50), Handre Pollard (17)
Drops
none
Cons
Handre Pollard (3)

6
Argentina
Argentina

Tries
none
Penalties
Nicolas Sanchez (43,7)
Drops
none
Cons
none


80'
Full Time
Full-time: South Africa 13-6 Argentina

79'
Another chance comes for the Pumas though as they kick a penalty into the corner. However, this time they spill it soon after so the Springboks survive to record the win. South Africa will be relieved.

78'
Wow. That could have been the finish Argentina were craving as Steyn was charged down close to his own line. A check with the TMO confirms it will be a 22 drop-out as South Africa breathes a sigh of relief.

76'
Well, they won't go home wondering as a penalty is sent five metres from the Springbok line. Pick and goes then follow but it is great defence from the hosts that keeps Argentina at bay. Steyn clears.

72'
And it gets worse as Hendricks' pass to Habana goes forward on his own ten-metre. Is this the Pumas' big chance then? They have eight minutes to score seven.

71'
Doesn't that sum up South Africa's frustrations. A chip for territory from Le Roux flies straight into touch as the full-back looks a disappointed figure. Argentina now enjoy possession on their ten-metre.

68'
But that's great spoiling work from Argentina as Lobbe and others drive the Springboks into touch. The visitors clear soon after for a mini victory.

66'
But it's the Boks who have the massive opportunity here as they kick a penalty into the corner, with a driving maul on the menu. Let's see if it pays off.

63'
The Boks are in a much more promising position but then Etzebeth seals off at ruck time, which allows Sanchez to clear his lines. Still one score in this as Argentina know they have a massive opportunity.

60'
More changes are coming as Adriaan Strauss replaces Bismarck du Plessis while Pablo Matera is off for Leonardo Senatore. Strauss to throw 35 metres from his own line before Pienaar boxes up to halfway.

56'
Great defence and work at the breakdown from the Pumas as De Villiers is isolated and then pinged after holding on. Argentina kick towards the 22.

54'
It's all South Africa right now as they go through the phases on the Pumas' 22. Can they unlock this defence? No, is the answer as a chip is cleared.

50'
Penalty
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN. 13-6. Argentina don't roll away at the ruck and after a bit of talk, the Boks decide to take the three. Easy kick for Steyn.

47'
A bit of niggle between the two new players here as Etzebeth and Cubelli have a scrap on the floor. The referee stays with the original penalty as Argentina progress up to the 22 before the hosts turn it over in the tackle after the resulting line-out. Feisty.

45'
Now Jannie du Plessis is penalised, this time for offside, as Sanchez kicks downfield to where they will have a line-out 45 metres from the Bok line.

43'
Penalty
PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 10-6. The lead is cut to four points after De Jager doesn't roll away at ruck time. Sanchez makes no mistake from distance.

41'
Welcome back to our coverage. We've two changes to mention as Tomas Cubelli is on at scrum-half for Argentina while Eben Etzebeth replaces lock Botha.

40'
Half Time
The half ends with a bit of spice as De Allende's late hit sees a few players saying hello. However, it's nothing serious as the teams soon sprint off for some shelter from this rain. See you in a few.

38'
Now it's the other fly-half in the thick of it as Sanchez slips De Jager easily on halfway before he sets off toward the 22. However, Ramiro Herrera is the man guilty of spilling it this time. Unlucky.

35'
Here's that powerful driving maul from South Africa as they make at least five metres before the ball comes out to Pollard. The fly-half spills it though in contact but who can blame him in this weather.

33'
Excellent work from Le Roux at the back as he takes a high tester before drilling the ball past halfway into touch. It's nicely poised this game right now.

30'
South Africa will be happy to win a scrum penalty just inside their own 22. Argentina disagree with the call though with play now back up to halfway.

28'
Argentina will be kicking themselves here as from a line-out in good field position 25 metres out, they have just illegally formed a maul from the ruck.

24'
So close for Willie le Roux as he chips over the top following turnover ball and almost regathers three metres from the try-line. He argues he was tackled early before knocking on but it was not given as Argentina pack down on their own five-metre line.

20'
Chance blown by the Pumas here as Sanchez's dummy and break down the left wing leads to him passing for Manuel Montero, who can't hold it in the rain. Montero's face says it all...that was his moment.

17'
Penalty
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 10-3. Argentina push prematurely at scrum time so up steps the youngster to make it two from two for him on his home patch.

16'
It's so wet and slippery out there now as both teams scrap the passing game and put boot to ball. No one can blame them as these are truly awful conditions.

14'
The rain continues to fall in Pretoria as players are slipping, so much so that Bismarck du Plessis has changed his boots. Turnover ball for the Pumas on halfway. Strong, encouraging work at the ruck.

12'
Another positive for the Pumas as a clearing kick sees Pollard slip into touch after collecting the ball. Net result, an Argentinian line-out 35 out.

8'
Penalty
PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 7-3. They get on the board soon after though as the Pumas scrum destroys their Springbok counterparts. What a statement.

6'
Argentina enjoy some ball close to halfway and win themselves a penalty as South Africa infringe at ruck time. Up steps Marcelo Bosch from long-range but it's just wide from the Saracen. Good strike.

3'
Conversion
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 7-0. Great kick.

2'
Try
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, PIENAAR. 5-0. The Boks are over early as Hendricks finds Pienaar on the blindside and he slides over for the opening try of the game.

1'
Kick Off
Handre Pollard starts the game before Landajo kicks clears up to halfway. Good clearance from the nine.

0'
Weather
It's hailing at Loftus Versfeld as the anthems are sung. Here we go with kick-off fast approaching...

0'
Argentina have also made an enforced late change as Juan Martin Hernandez pulls out and is replaced by Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias. Agustin Creevy captains the side while Martín Landajo and Nicholas Sanchez wear nine and ten. Kick-off is at 17:05 local time.

0'
Marcell Coetzee has been called into the Springbok starting XV in place of the injured Willem Alberts. Meanwhile, there is a start at thirteen for Damian de Allende alongside captain Jean de Villiers. Up front, Lood de Jager and Bakkies Botha are at lock.

0'
Welcome
Hello and welcome to our coverage of South Africa versus Argentina, with both teams eyeing a victory that would move them top of the Rugby Championship. Last year's opener between these two teams saw the Boks win 73-13 and they're heavy favourites to ease past the Pumas again today. Team news is coming up.


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