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Frans Malherbe (Gallo Images)
Frans Malherbe (Gallo Images)

News24 Sport chief writer

The burdensome main goal almost always looked too elusive, but South Africa nevertheless bludgeoned their way to a comfortable 38-21 Rugby Championship triumph over Argentina in Durban on Saturday for runners-up status in the tournament.

Needing to win by 39 points or more to snatch the title from under the All Blacks’ noses, perhaps the only real sense of hope in that regard flickered briefly in the 37th minute when they had opened up a 17-0 lead … but a Pumas seven-pointer very shortly afterwards served as a severe downgrade in the Bok quest.

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