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As it happened: Springboks 30-23 Argentina

2016-08-19 16:00
Last Updated at 11:03
20 Aug 19:04
20 Aug 19:03

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In next weekend's action, the Springboks travel to Argentina for the return Test in Salta. That game is at 21:40 (SA time) next Saturday.

20 Aug 18:57


Springbok scrumhalf Faf de Klerk receives the best player award.

20 Aug 18:54
Yes, it's a win and the Springboks' fighting spirit should be lauded, but the All Blacks would have annihilated the Boks today...
20 Aug 18:53

A great fightback by South Africa, who trailed 23-13 after 68 minutes.

Argentina then just capitulated, conceding penalty after penalty under severe pressure from the Boks.

20 Aug 18:52
FULL-TIME: Springboks 30-23 Argentina
20 Aug 18:51
80'- Whiteley tries to boot it out but it's a horrible kick. Luckily for the Springboks he re-gathers and manages to get it out to end the game...
20 Aug 18:51
80'- There's time for one last kick-off...
20 Aug 18:51

79'- Jantjies slots the CONVERSION from the corner.

SA 30-23 Argentina.

20 Aug 18:49
78'- Warren Whitley goes over in the corner as Los Pumas have capitulated here...
20 Aug 18:49
78'- TRY to the Springboks!
20 Aug 18:49
78'- Boks probing inside the red zone...
20 Aug 18:48

77'- Another kickable penalty for the Boks as Los Pumas collapse a driving maul attempt. This one is right in the corner and just inside the Argentina half.

The Boks opt for an attacking lineout instead...

20 Aug 18:46
75'- But Goosen's kick doesn't have the legs...
20 Aug 18:46
74'- Argentina transgress at a lineout inside the South African half. Goosen will line up a long-range shot, about 60m out!
20 Aug 18:45
73'- Jesse Kriel and Juan de Jongh are now also on for the Boks...
20 Aug 18:44

73'- Jantjies slots the PENALTY to level matters!

SA 23-23 Argentina

20 Aug 18:43
72'- Kickable penalty right in front for the Boks as Hernandez plays the ball on the ground after being ankle-tapped...
20 Aug 18:42

71'- CONVERSION slotted by Jantjies.

SA 20-23 Argentina

20 Aug 18:42
70'- The TMO is also called upon for potential foul play after a dangerous tackle on De Klerk. Sanchez has tackled De Klerk but didn't try to lift De Klerk, who just fell badly. So there will be no penalty after the conversion.
20 Aug 18:40
70'- Faf de Klerk breaks from the scrum, then 'scissors' with Johan Goosen who scores!
20 Aug 18:39
70'- TRY to the Springboks!
20 Aug 18:39
69'- Boks with a scrum inside the red zone. They'll have to dig deep now in order to win...
20 Aug 18:38

68'- CONVERSION slotted by Sanchez.

SA 13-23 Argentina

20 Aug 18:37
66'- Wing Santiago Cordero scores after collecting a clever chip kick by Sanchez over the Bok defence.
20 Aug 18:36
66'- TRY to Argentina!
20 Aug 18:36
66'- Montero with a strong run down the touchline brings play into the Springbok 22m area...
20 Aug 18:34

64'- PENALTY slotted by Sanchez.

SA 13-16 Argentina

20 Aug 18:34
63'- Boks pinged for hands in the ruck. It's again in range as Sanchez lines up from about 40m out...
20 Aug 18:32


SA 8

Argentina 9

20 Aug 18:31
62'- Sanchez pushed his penalty attempt away to the left...
20 Aug 18:31
61'- Kriel pinged on the ground as Los Pumas win a kickable penalty about 45m out...
20 Aug 18:30


SA 47%

Argentina 53%

20 Aug 18:29
59'- Tomas Cubelli has replaced Landajo at scrumhalf for Argentina. His head his shaved, in honour of Brumbies team-mate Christian Lealiifano, who has been diagnosed with cancer. Wishing Lealiifano a speedy recovery!
20 Aug 18:28
58'- Regarding the previous tweet. Jantjies did not close the gap, he levelled matters...;)
20 Aug 18:25
56'- Habana has now also returned from his time spent in the sin-bin.
20 Aug 18:25

55'- PENALTY slotted by Jantjies.

SA 13-13 Argentina

20 Aug 18:24

54'- Kickable penalty for the Boks as Creevy is penalised for going off his feet at a ruck.

Jantjies will line up a shot, about 40m out, 20m in-field.

20 Aug 18:23
53'- Bok subs: Mtawarira, De Jager and Louw off, replaced by Kitshoff, Du Toit and Kriel.
20 Aug 18:22


SA 249m

Argentina 255m

20 Aug 18:19
20 Aug 18:19
50'- A promising attacking chance for the Boks goes awry when De Klerk knocks it on as he tries to clear from the base...
20 Aug 18:17
48'- But the Boks do well to win a turnover on their own line. They swing it wide from inside their own in-goal area and launch an attack up-field. The move ends when De Allende's kick finds touch just outside the Argentina 22m area!
20 Aug 18:15

46'- Oh dear, this is getting comical! The Boks win a turnover five metres from their own tryline, but Jantjies then boots it into the face of Strauss as he tries to clear.

The end result is a five metre scrum for Argentina.

  • 80'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES. 30-23. Jantjies shows his class as he lands the extras! From the restart, the Boks regather and Whiteley scrambles the ball into touch when he hears the sound of the full-time hooter! The final whistle goes and the Boks victorious! They left it late and Argentina will wonder how they lost that one.

  • 80'

    South Africa 30 Argentina 23

  • 79'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, WHITELEY! 28-23. The Boks take the ball through the phases, from a line-out inside Argentina's 22! Kriel and Juan de Jongh do well with strong carries before the ball goes out wide. Etzebeth offloads to Habana, who gets a pass out to Warren Whiteley who crashes over in the left-hand corner!

  • 76'

    One of the Pumas forwards are pinged for playing Du Toit in the air, at a line-out, just inside the Boks' half. Goosen takes a shot at goal but his effort is well short and the visitors get oujt of jail.

  • 74'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 23-23. Jantjies draws his side level with another penalty after several Pumas go off their feet at a ruck inside their half.

  • 72'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES. 20-23. The Boks are back in this game as Jantjies narrows the gap to three points.

  • 71'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, GOOSEN! 18-23. De Klerk makes a telling break, from a scrum inside the Pumas' 22, and draws in three defenders before throwing an inside pass to Goosen who dives over for his side's second try!

  • 68'

    CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 13-23. Sanchez adds the easy extras to extend the visitors' lead.

  • 67'

    TRY, ARGENTINA, CORDERO! 13-21. The visitors are on the attack inside the Boks' 22 and Sanchez catches the hosts off guard when he delivers a perfectly-weighted chip kick! Cordero gathers and dives over for an easy five-pointer!

  • 65'

    PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ! 13-16. Sanchez makes up for his earlier miss and puts his side back in front after Du Toit is penalised for playing the ball on the ground.

  • 63'

    Kriel is penalised when he fails to roll away at a ruck, close to the Boks' 10-metre line. Sanchez takes a shot at goal but his effort is off target.

  • 61'

    The Boks win a turnover and take the ball out wide. Mapoe outs Habana in the clear but the veteran winger knocks on after a tackle from Orlando!

  • 58'

    Argentina take the ball through the phases but make little headway. De Klerk does well when he wins a turnover after making a tackle on Leguizamon.

  • 56'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES. 13-13. Jantjies draws his side level, from the kicking tee, after Creevy is pinged for not rolling away at a ruck.

  • 54'

    The Boks ring the changes to their pack. Francois Louw, Beast Mtawarira and Lood de Jager are replaced by Jaco Kriel, Steven Kitshoff and Pieter-Steph du Toit respectively.

  • 52'

    The Boks have just put huge pressure on the Pumas at a scrum! Despite being receiving the ball on the back-foot, Landajo does well to get the ball out to his outside backs!

  • 50'

    The Boks are under the cosh, close to their tryline, but they win a crucial turnover and opt to run the ball! De Allende and Mapoe combine brilliantly and the ball eventually goes into touch, just inside the Pumas' 22!

  • 48'

    YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, HABANA! Habana and Cordero compete for a high ball and although the Bok slips before taking out the Puma accidentally in the air, the television match official, George Ayoub says it's a yellow card offence and Habana will spend the next 10 minutes on the sidelines!

  • 46'

    The Boks try to attack, from a line-out close to the Pumas' 22 but they fail to gather as Tomas Lavanini poaches the ball at the set-piece.

  • 43'

    The Boks attack from a scrum on the edge of Argentina's 22. The ball comes out to Jantjies but he knocks on! Orlando boots the ball upfield and Goosen drops back to gather inside his 22, but he also fumbles. Argentina are on the attack at a scrum deep inside South Africa's half.

  • 41'

    Jantjies gets the second half started with a deep kick which Argentina's forwards gather inside their 22 where they set up a ruck.

  • 40'

    Argentina are blown up for an early shove at a scrum, close to the Boks' 10-metre line. The half-time hooter goes and De Klerk boots the bsll into touch. The two sides head into the sheds after a thrilling opening half. Argentina will be delighted to be in front as they played with 14 men for 10 minutes. The Boks know they'll have to step up after the break if they want to win this one.

  • 40'

    South Africa 10 Argentina 13

  • 39'

    Montero is blown up for being offside when Landajo launches a box kick and Jantjies indicates that he will take a shot at goal. His effort is a good one but hits an upright and the Pumas gain a reprieve!

  • 37'

    Vincent Koch dives onto a loose ball at a line-out but Creevy does brilliantly when he wins a crucial turnover!

  • 34'

    The Boks attack from a line-out deep inbside Argentina's 22. De Klerk attacks out wide and Lionel Mapoe goes over the tryline! The effort is disallowed, however, as he loses possession while diving over!

  • 32'

    There's concern amongst the Argentines when Sanchez stays down after an accidental clash of heads with Eben Etzebeth. Sanchez is soon back on his feet after receiving medical attention.

  • 30'

    Martin Landajo is penalised for a shoulder charge on Bryan Habana, close to the halfway line. Goosen lines up a shot at goal but his effort is to the left of the uprights.

  • 27'

    CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 10-13. Sanchez holds his nerve and lands the extras!

  • 26'

    TRY, ARGENTINA, ORLANDO! 10-11. Argentina start a counter attack from inside their half and Joaquín Tuculet gains good ground after a mazy run. He is brought to ground close to the Boks' 22 but the ball is recycled quickly and Santiago Cordero throws a long pass to Matías Orlando, who dives over in the right-hand corner! Great try!

  • 24'

    PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 10-6. Lionel Mapoe is blown up for offside play at a ruck and Sanchez lines up a shot at goal. His effort strikes the upright but still goes over!

  • 22'

    YELLOW CARD, ARGENTINA, MONTERO! Argentina suffer a setback when Manuel Montero is sent to the sin bin by referee Glen Jackson. This after television footage reveals that the Pumas winger executed a dangerous tip tackle on Damian de Allende.

  • 21'

    Argentina take the ball through the phases and makes good headway. Creevy, Hernandez and Leguizamon are prominent ball carriers.

  • 19'

    Hernandez launches a bomb and Goosen fails to gather, just outside his 22! Leguizamon gathers the loose ball and it takes a desperate tackle from Faf de Klerk to halt his progress.

  • 18'

    PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES. 10-3 Augustin Creevy fails to roll away after making a tackle. Jantjies makes him pay as he lands the three-pointer from 40 metres out!

  • 16'

    PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. Nicolas Sanchez opens the visitors' account, from the kicking tee, after Louw is penalised for a ruck infringement.

  • 13'

    Julian Redelinghuys is pinged for not rolling away after a tackle. Juan Martín Hernández kicks for touch and puts the ball out close to the Boks' 22.

  • 11'

    Argentina attack from a scrum close to South Africa's 22-metre line. Sanchez gathers and does well to beat a couple of defenders. His progress is eventually halted inside the Boks' 22 by Francois Louw.

  • 9'

    CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, JANTJIES! 7-0. Jantjies adds the extras from close to the touchline!

  • 8'

    TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, COMBRINCK! 5-0. Jantjies makes a superb break but is eventually brought to ground by a tackle from Juan Manuel Leguizamon. The ball is recycled quickly and Goosen glides through a gap before offloading to Ruan Combrinck, who dives over in the right-hand corner!

  • 7'

    Pablo Matera is penalised for a ruck infringement and Jantjies lines up a shot at goal. His effort is wide of the mark, however.

  • 5'

    The Boks attack from a line-out just outside the Pumas' 22. Johan Goosen joins the line at pace but Matías Orlando brings him to ground with a solid hit!

  • 3'

    The teams pack down for the first scrum, just outside the Boks' 22. Argentina's front row are penalised for illegal scrummaging and Elton Jantjies puts the resulting penalty in to touch on the Pumas' 10-metre line.

  • 1'

    And we're off! Nicolas Sanchez gets us underway with a deep kick. Warren Whiteley gathers and takes on the defence inside his 22.

  • 0'

    Good day and welcome to our live coverage of this Rugby Championship showdown between, our hosts, South Africa and Argentina from the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news from both sides.

  • 0'

    Johan Goosen, Bryan Habana, Oupa Mohoje, Lood de Jager and Julian Redelinghuys have all been included in the Springbok starting XV. Redelinghuys, capped four times, comes in at tighthead as replacement for the injured Frans Malherbe, who is struggling with a neck injury. Lock De Jager has recovered from the calf injury he sustained against Ireland in June and takes over the number five jersey from Pieter-Steph du Toit, who will provide cover from the bench. The third change in the pack sees the return to the starting line-up of Mohoje as replacement for Siya Kolisi, who recently underwent ankle surgery. In the back division, Springbok record try scorer Habana will run out in his 118th Test after he was named as left wing, while he was also confirmed as the Springbok vice-captain. The versatile Goosen, who is equally at home at fly-half and centre, has been entrusted with the full-back duties, the same position where he played in his previous outing for the Boks, in 2014 against Italy.

  • 0'

    Argentina captain Agustín Creevy will win his 50th cap for his country in this Test. Veteran flanker Juan Manuel Leguizamon is joined in the back-row by Pablo Matera and Facundo Isa, while Martín Landajo and Nicolás Sánchez make up the half-backs. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro and Ramiro Herrera will pack down in the front-row alongside Creevy, supported by a second-row of Matías Alemanno and Tomas Lavanini. In the back-line Juan Martín Hernández is named at inside centre, with Matías Orlando outside him, while Manuel Montero, Santiago Cordero and Joaquín Tuculet all make up the back three.

  • 0'

    The teams line up for their respective anthems. First up, it's Argentina's Himno Nacional Argentino followed by South Africa's 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. Both sets of players sing their anthems with great passion.

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South Africa Argentina
  • 3 Tries 2
    • 6' Ruan Combrinck
    • 70' Johan Goosen
    • 78' Warren Whiteley
    • 24' Matias Orlando
    • 66' Santiago Cordero
  • 3 Conversions 2
    • 8' Elton Jantjies
    • 71' Elton Jantjies
    • 79' Elton Jantjies
    • 26' Nicolas Sanchez
    • 67' Nicolas Sanchez
  • 3 Penalties 3
    • 17' Elton Jantjies
    • 55' Elton Jantjies
    • 73' Elton Jantjies
    • 15' Nicolas Sanchez
    • 23' Nicolas Sanchez
    • 64' Nicolas Sanchez
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 1
    • 45' Bryan Habana
    • 21' Manuel Montero
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Tendai Mtawarira
  • Adriaan Strauss
  • Julian Redelinghuys
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Lodewyk De Jager
  • Francois Louw
  • Teboho Mohoje
  • Warren Whiteley
  • Francois de Klerk
  • Elton Jantjies
  • Bryan Habana
  • Damian de Allende
  • Lionel Mapoe
  • Ruan Combrinck
  • Johan Goosen
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  • 10
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  • Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
  • Agustin Creevy
  • Ramiro Herrera
  • Matias Alemanno
  • Tomas Lavanini
  • Pablo Matera
  • Juan Manuel Leguizamon
  • Facundo Isa
  • Martin Landajo
  • Nicolas Sanchez
  • Manuel Montero
  • Juan Martin Hernandez
  • Matias Orlando
  • Santiago Cordero
  • Joaquin Tuculet
  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Steven Kitshoff
  • Vincent Koch
  • Pieter-Steph du Toit
  • Jaco Kriel
  • Rudy Paige
  • Juan De Jongh
  • Jesse Kriel
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  • Julian Montoya
  • Felipe Arregui
  • Enrique Pieretto Heilan
  • Guido Petti Pagadizaval
  • Javier Ortega Desio
  • Tomas Cubelli
  • Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias
  • Ramiro Moyano

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