As it happened: SA v Argentina


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19:05 - NEXT MATCH

Just a reminder that the Boks' next Rugby Championship match is next Saturday - also against Argentina - at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza. Kick-off is at 21:10 SA time.

19:00 - Nick Mallett RAAAAAVING about Fourie du Preez's 20-odd minute performance, arguing SARU to speak to his Japanese club and get him back for the entire tournament

18:57 - TWEETS

Concept of Boks and Bafana on the same day has promise. Certainly a decent crowd. Imagine if we played England in football and All Blacks? - Brenden Nel

The Toyota Free State Cheetahs are proud of the man of the match - Adriaan Strauss! - Free State Cheetahs

The Legend is back. Fourie just special - Victor Matfield

18:57 - Twitter going WILD with compliments for the Boks

18:56 - Hooker Adriaan Strauss has been named man of the match

18:49 - FULL-TIME:

The Springboks win 73-13 to go top of the Rugby Championship standings

18:48 - PICTURE

No stopping Eben Etzebeth (Gallo Images)

18:47 - And the full-time whistle sounds t put the Pumas out of the misery. Record breaking performance by the Boks tonight. By some distance their best effort in years. Maybe decades...

18:47 - Contempomi scores - and add the CONVERSION to give the Pumas a consolation try

18:46 - Good grief! Almost fell off my chair! The Pumas have scored!

18:44 - And that man Steyn adds his eighth CONVERSION to go along with his four penalties. That's 28 points people!


That's NINE for those counting as Bismarck du Plessis scores for the Boks

18:42 - TWEET

Welcome back Fourie du Preez! - Bronwyn Roets

Superb entry by Fourie du Preez. Bring him back home permanently. #Unite4Mandela - Stephen Nell

18:41 - The outpouring of support - and love - for Fourie du Preez continues...

18:40 - TWEET

Pick the best 2 play for South Africa, regardless of where they play their domestic/club rugby. Exhibit 1 ... FOURIE DU PREEZ - Mark Keohane

18:40 - Merde? (Think that's 'murder' in Spanish...)

18:37 - No, stop it! Steyn again from near the touchline adds the CONVERSION

18:36 - U-N-B-E-L-I-E-V-A-B-L-E TRY by the Boks - their EIGHTH - as Duane Vermeulen crashes over after a tight-head and a quick recycle. Do yourself a favour and catch the highlights later!

18:35 - TWEET

The Boks are looking quality. So nice to see them play structured flowing rugby. What a day for SA sport, Bafana & Boks playing in Soweto. - Ryan Botha

18:34 - Staggeringly, there are still ELEVEN minutes to play!

18:34 - PICTURE

Happy as Larry... or Bryan and JJ (Gallo Images)

18:32 - And Steyn adds the touchline CONVERSION. 24 points and counting...

18:31 - My oath, Argentina have all-but given up as they concede a SEVENTH TRY of the match. Bryan Habana gets on the scoresheet

18:31 - IT'S A ROUT!

18:29 - TWEET

Bokke are just playing Los Pumas off the park now,52-6 now,Its raining tries,on this rate the Boks physio might score too! - Breyton Paulse

18:27 - Too early to call this year's Rugby Championship a two-horse race? With the All Blacks thrashing the Wallabies 47-29 away from home earlier today and the Boks' mauling of the Pumas, diarise September 14 (NZ v SA in Auckland - 09:35) and October 5 (SA v NZ at Ellis Park - 17:00) as the two Tests which could well decide this year's champion 

18:27 - Steyn adds the CONVERSION. That's 22 points now for the Bulls pivot. And counting...

18:25 - HALF-CENTURY up for the Boks as that man Fourie du Preez scores!

18:23 - TWEET

Great to see the shackles finally come off the Boks. When they're in the mood, they can be pretty useful. - Clinton van der Berg

18:22 - PICTURE

JJ Engelbrecht in full flight (Gallo Images)

18:19 - Statisticians scrambling for the record books

18:17 - OH MY WORD!

Those floodgates? They just opened! Skipper Jean de Villiers intercepts and scores the Boks' fifth TRY - and his 22nd in the Green and Gold. Steyn this time adds the CONVERSION

18:16 - Steyn fails to add the conversion. His first miss of the night as Fourie du Preez enters the fray after 54 minutes - along with Bismarck du Plessis. Things certainly not getting any easier for the visitors!

18:16 - One helluva rude welcome to this year's Rugby Championships for the Pumas.

18:15 - BONUS POINT TRY for the Boks as Willem Alberts scores!

18:14 - In other news... Jamaica's Usain Bolt has won the men's 200m gold at the IAAF World Championships in 19.66. South Africa's Anaso Jobodwana finished sixth in 20.14

18:11  - Argentina's No 8 Leonardo Senatore sees YELLOW for a tip-tackle

18:10 - TWEET

Think stadium has actually emptied a bit after half time! Thankfully a few of them too their vuvuzelas ... - Front Row Grunt

18:09 - The Boks back on attack looking for their bonus-point try...

18:07 - Steyn adds the CONVERSION giving him 18 points in the match thus far - and counting!

18:06 - TRY to the Springboks - their third of the night - as hooker Adriaan Strauss barges his way over the tryline

18:04 - With a break in play, a quick update for all you English Premiership lovers out there. A recap of today's full-time scores...

Liverpool 1-0 Stoke
West Ham 2-0 Cardiff
Norwich 2-2 Everton
Arsenal 1-3 Aston Villa
Sunderland 0-1 Fulham
West Brom 0-1 Southampton

18:03 - Two more tries and the Boks will have a full-house of five points - and will match the All Blacks' performance from earlier today

18:03 - The players are back on the field and the second half begins...

17:47 - HALF-TIME:

The Springboks lead 26-6. The Pumas will welcome the 10 minute break - and their oranges...

17:46 - PICTURE

Enjoying the sun in Soweto (Gallo Images)

17:44 - Another three points for the Boks as Morne Steyn rubs salt into the Pumas' gaping wounds with a PENALTY

17:42 - The 14-man Pumas will be pleading for the half-time whistle to sound. Anyone know what 'pleading' is in Spanish?

17:41 - Argentina forced into changes as both fullback Juan Martin Hernandez and wing Juan Imhoff are replaced

17:40 - It's all going pear-shaped for the Pumas, says commentator Joel Stransky - and he couldn't be more on the mark

17:39 - Steyn adds the CONVERSION as the Boks open a 17-point lead after 34 minutes

17:38 - TRY to centre JJ Engelbrecht as the Boks break from they own 22m. 

17:38 - And just like that the floodgates open!

17:34 - PENALTY TRY to the Boks after the TMO confirms a deliberate knock-down by the Pumas. And a YELLOW CARD to hooker Eusebio Guinazu

17:32 - TWEET

Typical early hit-out by the Boks: messy, inaccurate, passive. But Pumas ill-equipped to capitalise - Clinton van der Berg

17:30 - Slightly better play from the Boks - only slightly - sees them set up a driving maul 5m from the Pumas' line. But it comes to nought and they settle for a penalty. Which they kick to touch and set up an attacking lineout...

17:28 - TWEET

Watching Springboks without hearing @MattP555 and @BobSkinstad not the same... - Ryan O'Connor

Not a Hugh Bladen or Joel Stransky fan then Ryan, hey?

17:26 - PICTURE

Crazy - yet passionate - Springbok fan (Twitter)

17:25 - No obvious change in the Boks' gameplan since their mid-year Tests. Worrying, or to be expected from Heyneke Meyer?

17:24 - Contepomi keeps the kickers' perfect 100% record with his second of the afternoon. 9-6 to the Boks after 23 minutes...

17:22 - Penalty affair in Soweto. Nothing like this morning's opening Rugby Championship match between the Wallabies and All Blacks which was a thrilling eight-try affair...

17:21 - Third PENALTY for Steyn who raises the flags and extends the Boks' lead to 9-3 after 19 minutes

17:19 - PENALTY converted by skipper Felipe Contepomi who narrows the gap to 6-3 after 17 minutes

17:18 - Penalty to Argentina for the Boks having 'two players in the scrumhalf position'. Neither of which was Fourie du Preez for the record...


Lock Patricio Albacete is forced to leave the field. One of Argentina's most experienced forwards limps to the touchline

17:11 - PENALTY to the Boks and Steyn makes no mistake doubling their lead after 10 minutes...

17:10 - PICTURE

Bafana Bafana legend Lucas Radebe and Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers pre-Test (Gallo Images)

17:09 - TWEET

Few things more annoying than an up-and-under being launched from a free kick. Possession turned into 50/50. Huh? - Stephen Nell

17:06 - PENALTY to the Springboks! They take an early 3-0 lead with Steyn's 211th penalty in the Green and Gold

17:06 - Early penalty attempt by Morne Steyn...

17:03 - Free-kick to the Boks for a skew feed at the first scrum...

17:01 - TWEET

Anthem still brings tears to my eyes!!! Feel like running onto the field myself - Corne Krige


17:00 - REFEREE

New Zealand's Chris Pollock will referee the match

16:59 - TWEET

That's absolutely amazing! @BrandonOctober sang the Argentinian National Anthem better than many of the attending Argentinian fans! #madiba - Theo Esau

16:57 - Riana Nel takes to the mic to perform Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika. At least she's pleasing on the eye...

16:56 - Brandon October singing the Argentina national anthem. No idea who he is either...

16:55 - The teams are being introduced to the dignitaries. Zero clue who they are... Sorry.

16:54 - TWEET

Vuvuzelas at a Bok game - traumatic - Front Row Grunt

16:54 - PICTURE

This is what they're playing for today... (Gallo Images)

16:41 - TWEET

Looking at the press box to see if the football writers are making way for the rugby hacks. Not much movement as yet... - Kevin McCullum

16:39 - Where will today's match be won - and lost?

Eyeball these five key match-ups which could well go a long way to deciding the outcome...

16:37 - In case you haven't heard, the Springboks will have an outline image of Nelson Mandela on a sleeve of their shirts in today's match. We'll upload a picture as soon as one becomes available...

16:27 - PICTURE

Fans gather at FNB Stadium (Gallo Images)

16:19 - QUIZ

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16:17 - The All Blacks sent out a clear signal they're up for this year's tournament, demolishing the Wallabies 47-29 in Sydney earlier today.

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16:16 - UN-BEEEELIEVABLE atmosphere at the FNB Stadium as the Springboks prepare to face Argentina in their opening match of this season's Rugby Championship

14:37 - TWITTER

Good luck to the Springboks & Bafana as they celebrate #MadibaSportandCultureDay tomorrow. Huge honour playing for the great man Tata Madiba - JP Pietersen


South Africa:

15. Willie le Roux, 14 Bjorn Basson, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 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

Substitutes: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Gurthrö Steenkamp, 18 Coenie Oosthuizen, 19 Flip van der Merwe, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Fourie du Preez, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein


15. Juan Martin Hernandez, 14. Gonzalo Camacho, 13. Marcelo Bosch, 12. Felipe Contepomi (captain), 11. Juan Imhoff, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 9. Martin Landajo, 8. Leonardo Senatore, 7. Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6. Pablo Matera, 5. Patricio Albacete, 4. Manuel Carizza, 3. Matias Diaz, 2. Eusebio Guinazu, 1. Juan Figallo

Substitutes: 16. Agustin Creevy, 17. Nahuel Lobo, 18. Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19. Mariano Galarza, 20. Julio Farias Cabello, 21. Tomas Cubelli, 22. Santiago Fernandez, 23. Horacio Agulla

16:30 - Thirty minutes from kick-off in the match between the Springboks and Argentina at FNB Stadium in Soweto

14:35 - Welcome to Sport24's LIVE scoring and interactive commentary on today's Rugby Championship match!


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