Springboks win bonus point against Argentina in Rugby Championships

A superb finish Springboks saw them score a full-time whistle try to earn a vital 36-20 (half-time 22-6) victory against Argentina in their Rugby Championship clash in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

After dominating the first half to enjoy a comfortable lead at the break, the Boks then allowed the hosts to battle within two points with 11 minutes remaining, only for two tries in the final five minutes to seal a superior victory to keep them. well into the hunt for the Rugby Championship trophy.

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Boffelli first put Argentina ahead with a long-range eighth-minute penalty, only for Willemse to equalize two minutes later.

Willemse then missed a long-range effort from the forward, fending off his penalty, while Boffelli hooked another long-range shot to leave the scores locked at 3-all after 17 minutes.

Three minutes later, a lineout and a good Boks maul then earned them a place in the Argentine 22m.

They attacked from the maul with winger Canan Moodie tackled just wide, allowing scrum-half Jaden Hendrikse to pick up the ball and dive over the line, only to be tackled and held off by fly-half Santiago Carreras from an offside position.

This led to the referee awarding a penalty try and a yellow card to Carreras, giving the Boks a 10-3, which became 10-6 in the 22n/a minute as the visitors went offside on a ruck just outside their 22m, giving Boffelli an easy three points.

Despite that hiccup, the Boks were starting to dominate and a number of penalties against the hosts saw them set up line-ups in the Argentine 22m.

The Boks continued to work the maul and were rewarded by attacking from the back of one, which then allowed Hendrikse to pick up a ruck, throw a dummy and go under the posts, with the simple conversion of Willemse puts the Boks 17-6. after 27 minutes.

Five minutes later the Boks scored their third try, this time firing a maul from a deep lineout in the Argentine 22m, with Malcolm Marx dotting and WIllemse’s conversion widening to make it 22-6 , a lead they took in the half-time break.

Argentina have improved a lot

A much improved Argentina then emerged for the second half, as they dominated possession and territory for the first 20 minutes after the break.

A massive Boks defense kept the home side out, but with penalties mounting in the visitors’ 22m, full-back Willie le Roux was shown a yellow card after repeated infringements with 20 minutes to go.

Six minutes later, the situation escalated for the Boks when substitute striker Kwagga Smith was tried for illegally twisting an Argentine player in the tackle by the neck, which meant he could not reach and score , resulting in a yellow card and a penalty try.

With the Boks down to 13 men, Argentina were now on the charge and a good attack in the Boks half saw substitute Matias Moroni drive a gap, beat a tackle and go under the posts, Boffelli’s extras making a two point game. at 22-20 after 69 minutes.

The Boks finally found their feet for the first time in the second half and managed to fight back in the 75e minute.

From a deep line-up in Argentina’s 22m, the Boks’ maul was sacked, with them attacking, going through the phases before Damian de Allende picked up and powered up to score, Frans Steyn’s conversion making 29-20 with five to play.

As time ticked on and the Boks attacked in the Argentine half, a good pass along the line gave wing Makazole Mapimpi space to enter the 22m, before moving inside to Marx in support to pass into the corner, with Steyn’s conversion from the touch adding shine to the pointing.


Argentina: Tries – Penalty try, Matias Moroni; Conversion – Emiliano Boffelli; Penalties – Boffelli (2)

Springboks: tries – penalty try, Jaden Hendrikse, Malcolm Marx, Damian de Allende; Conversions – Damian Willemse, Frans Steyn; Penalty – Damian Willemse