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A very disappointing game at the end of the day. The Springboks were more expansive at times, but went to sleep in the second half.
Messy 2nd half. Boks hardly showed they can turn screws.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) October 30, 2015
Messy 2nd half. Boks hardly showed they can turn screws.
Habana taken off replaced by a centre? Paige comes on 3 miniutes left.HM calls himself nuts.The only thing I fully agree with#Rugbyriddles— The Niels Momberg (@nielspm) October 30, 2015
Habana taken off replaced by a centre? Paige comes on 3 miniutes left.HM calls himself nuts.The only thing I fully agree with#Rugbyriddles
FULL-TIME IN LONDON
South Africa 24 Argentina 13
80' - TRY to Argentina!
They have been rewarded at the death! Orlandi forces his way over from in close. Sanchez converts.
77' - Springbok substitution
Paige is finally on for Pienaar. Three minutes is all he gets.
68' - Penalty to the Boks as the Pumas backline are offside. Pollard will kick at goal. Boo's ring out around the ground.
67' - Springbok substitution
Serfontein comes on to replace Habana.
64' - Springbok substitution
Le Roux is replaced by Lambie (who wins his 50th cap).
62' - Springbok substitution
Victor Matfield is replaced by Lood de Jager.
Matfield waves to the crowd.
60' - Springbok substitution
Du Plessis replaces Malherbe.
53' - Springbok substitution
Schalk Burger leaves the field for the Boks, Alberts replaces him.
52' - PENALTY slotted by Sanchez!
South Africa 24 Argentina 6
48' - Springbok substitution
Strauss replaces du Plessis, B.
48' - PENALTY slotted by Pollard!
South Africa 24 Argentina 3
43' - TRY to the Springboks!
Etzebeth has scored! Brilliant work and quick hands by Kriel and Habana gets the big lock over in the corner. Pollard cannot convert.
South Africa 21 Argentina 3
41' - DROP-GOAL by Sanchez!
The Pumas pivot slots a drop-goal with ease. The Pumas are finally on the board.
South Africa 16 Argentina 3
40' - Springbok substitution
Nyakane replaces Mtawarira.
#RSA look better when they try to move the ball more. Strange they wouldn't do it more often. #RWC2015— Tom May (@TomMay1) October 30, 2015
#RSA look better when they try to move the ball more. Strange they wouldn't do it more often. #RWC2015
Half-Time: #RSA 16 - 0 #ARG
#RSAvARG Full Match Stats: https://t.co/4irqRyIuvD #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/fmjoTqV0FM— ESPN Scrum (@espnscrum) October 30, 2015
Half-Time: #RSA 16 - 0 #ARG
#RSAvARG Full Match Stats: https://t.co/4irqRyIuvD #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/fmjoTqV0FM
Boks clearly in third gear, but only because that's all they need. Soulless feel to a game without needle.— Clinton van der Berg (@ClintonV) October 30, 2015
Boks clearly in third gear, but only because that's all they need. Soulless feel to a game without needle.
Poor #ARG Discipline sees #RSA lead 16-0 at the HT break. #RSAvARG #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/SLf23gqhCz— Stephne J v Vuuren (@Steph_Sport) October 30, 2015
Poor #ARG Discipline sees #RSA lead 16-0 at the HT break. #RSAvARG #RWC2015 pic.twitter.com/SLf23gqhCz
HALF-TIME IN LONDON
That's half-time! The Boks lead quite comfortably, but they have not had it all their own way. Both teams have been prepared to give the ball some air which is always great to see.
South Africa 16 Argentina 0
40' - PENALTY slotted by Pollard!
TRY, ARGENTINA, ORLANDI. 24-11. As last Argentina get the try their enterprise deserves as Juan Pablo Orlandi gets over from short range.
CONVERSION, SANCHEZ. 24-13.
SOUTH AFRICA 24-13 ARGENTINA
Nyakane rips the ball away and South Africa clear via Pollard. The Pumas must start again, but they never stop trying.
The benches are emptied now as Santiago Garcia Botta, who flew in yesterday from Argentina, comes on with Rudy Paige, who wins only his second cap.
Argentina throwing it about now. They've enjoyed the lion's share of possession tonight but the Boks defence has seldom been troubled.
The Boks keeping it tight, using short passes as the forwards hammer away in midfield. The Argentine supporters are in full voice, even though their team has been well beaten.
Unreal! Pollard kicks to touch from penalty but it goes low, straight into Agulla's hands and the wing can clear!
The crowd boos as the Boks go for goal from penalty but the give a huge roar as Pollard effort bounces off the upright.
This game has really turned into a scrappy mess. The result has been settled, the benches are being emptied and the general quality has dropped.
Lambie wins his 50th Test cap as he replaces Le Roux, who has injured his ankle.
The Pumas win a scrum penalty that relieves the pressure but Sanchez doesn't find touch. Le Roux runs it back but heads into heavy traffic and is cut down by Sanchez.
A bit of handbags after the Boks knock on 1m short. Matfield gets an ovation as he leaves the field for the last time.
The Boks win a maul penalty and kick into the corner.
Francois Louw wins a turnover that sends Argentina back into their 22 as Pollard hoofs the ball up.
Argentina are throwing the ball around. Going left and right but not making any real ground.
A dominant scrum from South Africa but somehow the ball comes out for Argentina. Habana gets back to disposes Leguizamon though and Pollard sends play back into the Pumas's half.
Pollard chips into the Argentine 22 but Horacio Agulla takes an easy mark. The Boks are happy to keep the South Americans pinned back.
PENALTY, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 24-6. The crowd rises as Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe leaves the field, perhaps for the last time.
Schalk Burger gets a similar ovation as he makes way for Willem Alberts.
Argentina are enjoying a lot more possession in the second half. A ruck penalty against Francois Louw gives Sanchez a shot at goal.
Argentina kick into the corner from a penalty against Strauss, who has just come on, but they make a hash of the lineout and it's Strauss who makes amends with a big run.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 24-3. Argentina caught offside and Pollard adds three more. Duane Vermeulen is having another huge game on the deck.
Oh Bryan Habana what have you done?! The veteran wing drops an easy pass as the Boks try run out of their 22. He was looking up again - that record is clearly on his mind.
Pollard's conversion effort sails just wide.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, ETZEBETH. 21-3. The Boks reply in prefect fashion as Le Roux flips it inside to Kriel. Habana shows quick hands as the link to Etzebeth, who crashed over in the corner.
DROP GOAL, ARGENTINA, SANCHEZ. 16-3. Great start for the Pumas as Sanchez slots a neat drop after his forwards build up patiently.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 16-0. Easy three points for Pollard as the Pumas kill the ball on the deck. That's half time! It's tough to see Argentina coming back from here.
SOUTH AFRICA 16-0 ARGENTINA
Here we go for the second half! Trevor Nyakane has replaced Tendai Mtawarira in the SA front row. Argentina win back the ball from a short restart and are keen to run.
South Africa kick into the corner from a penalty that is well within Pollard's range. Big call.
Brilliant run from Moroni, who beats three tackles and then needs three more to bring him down. The ball is ripped away though by Kriel and Le Roux must make a scrambling clearance kick.
Habana has his third opportunity to get at elusive record but he is penalised for pulling Sanchez back after chipping and chasing. Will he get try number 16 tonight?
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 13-0. Excellent penalty from long range.
Matfield is isolated and Leguizamon is immediately there to pinch it but Sánchez doesn't use the gate. Kickable penalty here.
Habana misses out on the record again as he fumbles the high pass out wide with lots of space to work with.
Brilliant from Duane Vermeulen, who rips the ball away on the deck 15m from his line. The Pumas are left empty handed from their best passage of play so far.
The Springbok lineout under pressure here after Moroni chips into the corner. The throw goes over the top to Vermeulen though and SA can clear.
A wonderful line-break from Santiago Cordero comes to nothing as De Allende tackles him into touch. The Pumas are clawing their way back into this game however.
A couple of reset scrums on the Pumas' 22m as the crowd breaks into song. Eventually the free kick goes to Argentina, their first reward at scrum time.
South Africa looking good with ball in hand but Kriel is isolated after he makes a half break. Argentina are struggling to get out of their half.
Some gamesmanship from Argentina as they delay the scrum feed to allow Cubelli back on from sin bin. Juan Figallo is in the blood bin and Lucas Noguera is penalised at scrum time. South Africa kick for touch.
PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, POLLARD. 10-0. Ramiro Herrera is penalised for obstructing the Boks when the ball was clearly there for him to play as it bobbled out a ruck. Easy three points for Pollard.
It's all South Africa at the moment. Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino kicks out on the full after some ping-pong, giving the Boks field position.
Whoa! Close call...Habana almost breaks the RWC try-scoring record but is beaten by millimeters in a footrace by Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino as both dive for the ball. The TMO denies Habana.
Argentina go nowhere with ball in hand so Amorosino chips into touch. Etzebeth takes the lineout and the Boks can clear.
CONVERSION, POLLARD. 7-0. Pollard slots the conversion from the touchline. Perfect start for SA.
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, PIETERSEN! 5-0. The First try goes to the Springboks, who are rewarded for going for the corner before spreading it wide after the forwards put in some hard yards.
YELLOW CARD, ARGENTINA, CUBELLI. The Pumas go down to 14 men after Pienaar takes a penalty quickly and is tackled by Cubelli, who didn't retreat 10m.
A solid scrum gives SA a good platform to attack but momentum is lost after a few phases because of a wild pas by Le Roux.
A scrappy start. The Pumas steal it on the deck but are unable to get out of their half before knocking on near halfway. First, scrum Boks will feed.
Here we go! Handre Pollard kicks us off. It goes deep, but Leguizamon takes it no problem. Gonzalez Amorosino kicks up field and the Boks are happy to run it back.
The teams are out on the field. Please stand for the anthems.
South Africa have never lost back-to-back matches in a single RWC campaign. Bryan Habana has scored 15 career RWC tries and is tied for the competition record with Jonah Lomu.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the penultimate match in the 2015 Rugby World Cup between South Africa and Argentina at London's Olympic Park Stadium. Who will claim the bronze medal? Kick-off is approaching, don't go too far away.
Argentina head coach Daniel Hourcade has been forced to make ten changes to the starting line-up that lost 29-15 to Australia in the semi-finals. There are five changes in the forwards and five in the backs as the decimated Pumas are without playmaker Juan Martin Hernandez, captain Agustin Creevy, try-scoring winger Juan Imhoff and veteran prop Marcos Ayerza.
For South Africa, Victor Matfield replaces Lood de Jager as one of only two changes to the Springbok starting line-up from Saturday?s semi-final against New Zealand. He takes over the over the captaincy from the injured Fourie du Preez, whose place in the number nine jersey is taken by Ruan Pienaar with Rudy Paige coming onto the bench.
Argentina are seeking to match their best finish at a Rugby World Cup. In 2007, Los Pumas came third.
- Prior to this year, 2007 was Argentina's only RWC campaign in which they advanced past the quarter-finals. Nicolás Sánchez will captain Los Pumas for the first time in his test career.
South Africa and Argentina have met 21 times in test rugby. The Springboks have won 19 times and Los Pumas have won once, with one draw.They have met once before at the World Cup. In the 2007 semi-finals South Africa emerged victorious 37-13.
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