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RECAP | Springboks beat Pumas in error-ridden contest as All Blacks win Rugby Championship

RECAP | Springboks beat Pumas in error-ridden contest as All Blacks win Rugby Championship
Jasper Wiese was named man-of-the-match at Kings Park. (Photo by Anton Geyser/Gallo Images)
Jasper Wiese was named man-of-the-match at Kings Park. (Photo by Anton Geyser/Gallo Images)
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24 September 19:38

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The Springboks have to settle for second position on the Rugby Championship standings. Winning by 39 points was a bridge too far tonight but they'll look at positives throughout the competition. They beat the All Blacks 26-10 in Mbombela, the Wallabies 24-8 in Sydney and Argentina home and away. That's at least something to write home about.

This game, however, was not a spectacle. It was a Test characterised by ill-discipline - there were 6 yellow cards and 39 penalties, with the Boks conceding 17 and Los Pumas 22. 

24 September 19:21

The final try aside, this was a horrible game of rugby. Both teams' discipline was appalling and in the end the Boks never got close to winning by the 39 points they needed to win the title.

The All Blacks are again Rugby Championship winners following their 40-14 win over the Wallabies in Auckland earlier on Saturday.

Scorers:

SA 38 (17)  

Tries: Jasper Wiese, Siya Kolisi, penalty tries (2), Kurt-Lee Arendse

Conversions: Frans Steyn (3)

Penalty: Steyn

(Note: Penalty tries are worth 7 points with no conversions needed)  

Argentina 21 (7)  

Tries: Gonzalo Bertranou, Juan Martin Gonzalez Samso, Matias Moroni 

Conversions: Emiliano Boffelli (3)

24 September 19:17

FULL-TIME: South Africa 38-21 Argentina

24 September 19:17

80'- Steyn slots the CONVERSION

24 September 19:16

80'- TRY to the Springboks as Kurt-Lee Arendse scores at the death! He rounds off a brilliant backline move to end the game with perhaps the best bit of rugby all evening.

24 September 19:13

78'- A skew Pumas lineout throw hands the Boks a scrum inside their own half...

The hosts will win this Test but it was a horrible game marked by ill discipline from both sides.

24 September 19:08

75'- The Boks are back to 15 men as De Klerk returns from the sin-bin.

24 September 19:05

72'- Argentina's Mayco Vivas is also off with a YELLOW CARD.

24 September 19:04

72'- PENALTY TRY to the Boks as the Pumas cynically collapse a driving maul!

SA 31-21 Argentina

24 September 19:03

71' - The Boks are back to 14 men with Etzebeth back from the sin-bin.

24 September 19:02

71'- Bok sub: Mostert on for lock De Jager.

24 September 19:02

70'- The Boks win a crucial penalty on halfway after Pumas lock Mati­as Alemanno is pinged for a high tackle on Arendse.

24 September 19:00

69'- Bok sub: Mbonambi on at hooker for Marx.

24 September 19:00

68'- CONVERSION slotted by Boffelli.

SA 24-21 Argentina

24 September 18:59

67'- TRY to the Pumas as centre Matias Moroni goes over after relentless pressure!

24 September 18:57

66'- The Boks have conceded the last 7 penalties in the game...

24 September 18:57

65'- Another warning for the Boks... they are in danger of going down to 12 men...

24 September 18:56

It's all falling apart a bit now for the Boks...

24 September 18:56

65'- YELLOW CARD for Faf de Klerk for side entry at a driving maul.

24 September 18:51

61'- Bok sub: De Klerk is on at scrumhalf for Hendrikse.

24 September 18:51

60'- A puzzling YELLOW CARD for Eben Etzebeth.

He receives his marching orders for pushing a Pumas player out of the way. The officials determine that Etzebeth's actions caused Boffelli to jump into his own player, which saw him get injured.

Bizarre. 

24 September 18:47

60'- The rain is starting to fall quite heavily at Kings Park now...

24 September 18:44

Heading into the final quarter, the Boks need 29 unanswered points to win the Rugby Championship. 

24 September 18:43

58'- Bok subs: Nche on for Kitshoff, Koch on for Malherbe.

24 September 18:40

55'- It's also a YELLOW CARD for centre Jeronimo De La Fuente.

24 September 18:39

54'- PENALTY TRY to the Boks as the Pumas collapse a powerful driving maul!

SA 24-14 Argentina

24 September 18:38

54'- A scrum penalty for the Boks allows Steyn to set up a lineout near the Pumas tryline.

24 September 18:33

52'- Bok sub: Le Roux is off, replaced by Arendse.

24 September 18:31

50'- It's just all Argentina in the second half here. One reckon it's safe to say the Rugby Championship title is New Zealand's...

24 September 18:29

48'- Bok subs: Wiese and Du Toit are off, replaced by Mostert and Smith.

24 September 18:28

47'- CONVERSION slotted by Boffelli.

SA 17-14 Argentina

24 September 18:27

47'- TRY to the Pumas as flank Juan Martin Gonzalez Samso scores a brilliant try in the corner after a terrific run! Some brilliant side-stepping to leave Le Roux embarrassed. 

24 September 18:21

42'- The Pumas are almost over in the corner but he's put a foot in touch...

24 September 18:20

41' - Moments later Kolisi is penalised for collapsing a maul.

24 September 18:19

40'- Early pressure on the Boks as Moode is pinged for obstruction. It allows the Pumas to set up a lineout in the Bok 22m area.

24 September 18:17

Welcome back for the second period!

Today's attendance at Kings Park is 45 982.

24 September 18:03

HALF-TIME: SA 17-7 Argentina

24 September 18:02

40'- Emiliano Boffelli slots the CONVERSION.

24 September 18:02

39' - TRY to the Pumas scrumhalf Gonzalo Bertranou goes over. It comes after they put pressure on the Boks with a clever chip in behind the defence.
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Australia's Damon Murphy is today's referee. Frank Murphy (Ireland) and Andrea Piardi (Italy) are his assistant and New Zealander Chris Hart is the TMO.
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To win the Rugby Championship, the Springboks must beat Los Pumas by 39+ points & score at least three more tries than their visitors for a bonus point. If the Boks get a bonus win & match New Zealand on 19 points, points difference (PD) is the tiebreaker. If PD is also level, the Boks win on head-to-head PD, having beaten New Zealand by a greater margin in their opening fixture than the All Blacks beat them in their second.
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Argentina: 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Eduardo Bello, 2 Julian Montoya (c), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro. Replacements: 16 Augustin Creevy, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Pedro Rubiolo, 21 Tomas Cubeli, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Bautista Delguy
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South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Frans Steyn, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff. Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Franco Mostert, 20 Duane Vermeulen, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Faf de Klerk, 23 Kurt-Lee Arendse
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Hello and welcome to our coverage of this decisive Rugby Championship clash between the Springboks and Argentina at Kings Park in Durban.
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The Springboks get the game underway via Frans Steyn, the veteran who is starting today at flyhalf.
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Steyn's kick is charged down, but the ball rolls beyond the dead-ball line. Scrappy start for the Springboks.
8'
Bello is being treated on the field for an injury. Both teams are giving this everything in front of a packed stadium.
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TRY DISALLOWED! From a lineout maul, Etzebeth thought he had scored for the Springboks, but the TMO rules that he took the ball from Kolisi from an offside position.
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TRY DISALLOWED! From a lineout maul, Etzebeth thought he had scored for the Springboks, but the TMO rules that he took the ball from Kolisi from an offside position.
15'
The Springboks are going to need to break the deadlock as soon as possible so that the floodgates open. Argentina are holding firm so far.
16'
YELLOW CARD, ARGENTINA, KREMER! Kremer commits an infringement at the scrum and he is sent to the sin-bin. This is an opportunity for South Africa, who opt to go for touch rather than posts.
18'
South Africa pile on the pressure, but they lose the ball forward and it abates. Argentina are given a team warning due to repeated infringements. We go back for a Boks penalty.
19'
TRY, SPRINGBOKS, WIESE! 5-0: The Springboks finally drive their way over with Wiese dotting down for a simple finish.
20'
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 7-0: Clinical as ever, Steyn adds the extra two points.
26'
South Africa win a scrum penalty once again and Willie le Roux finds touch.
27'
YELLOW CARD, ARGENTINA, GONZALEZ! 7-0: Argentina lose another player just as Kremer comes back on, as Gonzalez commits an infringement at the maul.
29'
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, KOLISI! 12-0: It's the Springboks lineout maul which puts the pressure on and Kolisi peels away to score the Springboks' second try of the evening!
30'
CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 14-0: Steyn puts the Springboks 14 points to the good.
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CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 14-0: Steyn puts the Springboks 14 points to the good.
32'
Argentina win a penalty and kick for touch, then they catch the Boks unaware with a throw to the front. South Africa scramble on defence and Marx is penalised under the posts for a dangerous tackle.
36'
Argentina opted to go for touch, rather than posts, and the Springboks have managed to weather the storm, forcing Los Pumas to put the ball out.
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PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 17-0: Steyn knocks a penalty over from a long way out, keeping the scoreboard ticking. The Springboks have a strong mentality.
40'
TRY, ARGENTINA, BETRANOU! 17-5: Boffelli is unable to finish off on Argentina's right flank, but Los Pumas recycle the loose ball through Gonzalez and Betranou eventually finishes off!
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KICK-OFF! Off we go for the start of the second half, with Argentina getting the game back underway.
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CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, BOFFELLI! HALF-TIME: SOUTH AFRICA 17-7 ARGENTINA. The Boks go into the break 10 points ahead, needing to extend their lead by 29 points and secure a bonus point in order to surpass the All Blacks.
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South Africa are struggling to stamp their authority on the second half. The clock is ticking and they need to change the tempo of this game.
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South Africa are struggling to stamp their authority on the second half. The clock is ticking and they need to change the tempo of this game.
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TRY, ARGENTINA, GONZALEZ! 17-12: Gonzalez sidesteps le Roux, leaving him for dead round the outside, and goes over for a try!
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CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, BOFFELLI! 17-14: Boffelli adds the extras with another great kick!
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The clock is ticking and the Springboks have to extend their lead by 36 points and get a bonus point to win the Rugby Championship, which means they have to score at least three more tries.
55'
PENALTY TRY, SOUTH AFRICA! 24-14: That's better from South Africa, as they get the penalty try from the maul, and de La Fuente is in the sin-bin.
60'
YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, ETZEBETH! 24-14: Etzebeth goes into the sin-bin for an off-the-ball push. Such an unnecessary yellow card for the Boks as the tension builds.
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Just over 20 minutes left in the game and the Springboks' Rugby Championship hopes are hanging by a thread.
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YELLOW CARD, SOUTH AFRICA, DE KLERK! 24-14: de Klerk is off too now for what is deemed cynical play, coming in from the side of the maul. Neither he nor Etzebeth looks satisfied with the reasoning behind their sin-binning.
68'
TRY, ARGENTINA, MORONI! 24-19: Argentina use their numerical advantage to move the ball out wide and allow Moroni to stroll in for the try!
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CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, BOFFELLI! 24-21: Boffelli makes no mistake once again from the tee. The Rugby Championship is surely out of sight now for the Springboks.
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CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, BOFFELLI! 24-21: Boffelli makes no mistake once again from the tee. The Rugby Championship is surely out of sight now for the Springboks.
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PENALTY TRY, SOUTH AFRICA! 31-21! YELLOW CARD, ARGENTINA, SCLAVI: The South African rolling maul dominates and Sclavi is blown up for an infringement. Penalty try and a yellow card again!
75'
South Africa win a penalty off an Argentina scrum after a massive effort from the Boks pack.
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CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 38-21
81'
TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, ARENDSE! 36-21: The Boks get numbers down their right with Kriel creating space for Mapimpi, who passes out wide to Moodie, who offloads inside for Arendse to finish!
South Africa
South Africa
Argentina
Argentina
3
Tries
3
19' Wiese Jasper
28' Kolisi Siya
80'
40' Bertranou Gon...
47' Martin Gonzal...
68' Moroni Matias
3
Conversions
3
19' Steyn Frans
29' Steyn Frans
80' Steyn Frans
40' Boffelli Emil...
48' Boffelli Emil...
69'
1
Penalties
0
38' Steyn Frans
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
15
Squad
15
Kitshoff Steven
Marx Malcolm
Malherbe Frans
Etzebeth Eben
de Jager Lodewyk
Kolisi Siya
du Toit Pieter-Steph
Wiese Jasper
Hendrikse Jaden
Steyn Frans
Mapimpi Makazole
de Allende Damian
Kriel Jesse
Moodie Canan
Le Roux Willie
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Chaparro Nahuel T...
Montoya Julian
Bello Eduardo
Alemanno Mati­as
Lavanini Tomas
Martin Gonzalez Juan
Kremer Marcos
Matera Pablo
Bertranou Gonzalo
Carreras Santiago
Imhoff Juan Jose
De La Fuente Jero...
Moroni Matias
Boffelli Emiliano
Mallia Juan Cruz
8
Reserves
8
Nche Ox
Mostert Franco
Koch Vincent
de Klerk Faf
Mbonambi Bongi
Smith Kwagga
Vermeulen Duane
Arendse Kurt-Lee
17
19
18
22
16
21
20
23
Creevy Agustin
Delguy Bautista
Vivas Mayco
Cubelli Tomas
Urdapilleta Benjamin
Sclavi Joel
Petti Guido
Rubiolo Pedro