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South Africa v Argentina - Live
full-time South Africa 27 Argentina 6
80 Argentina try to run the ball from close to their try-line but referee Steve Walsh calls them back when the Boks go offside. Hernandez puts the ball into touch and that brings proceedings to a close. Despite the win, the hosts will be unhappy that they didn't secure the bonus-point as it could play a vital role in deciding who wins the tournament later on. Argentina didn't show much on attack but will fancy causing an upset on their own turf when these teams meet in the return match next week.
78 The Boks are trying hard to secure the bonus-point for scoring four tries and are soon inside the Pumas' 22. Adriaan Strauss carries the ball strongly but is brought to ground by Camacho.
75 It looks like Argentina aren't going to get a try on debut but they will not go down without a fight as they attempt to run from their own 22. They make the ten-metre.
73 Still the Springboks are knocking on the door as they look for a third score. However, it is they who are now turned over so the opportunity goes begging.
70 Nothing comes of that foray but with Steyn now punting the ball into the corner for an attacking line-out, more pressure is expected to be applied by the hosts.
69 South Africa replacement Ruan Pienaar now claims the overthrow and sets off from his own ten-metre, kicking and chasing until the ball bobbles into touch in the away 22. The Boks are looking to finish the job here as Habana soon adds his pace to matters.
66 But the Argentines aren't done yet as they look to post their first try in this new competition. Deja vu though as the Boks steal the ball and break with Frans Steyn and then Habana almost getting past Agulla with 40 metres of open real estate ahead of him.
63 Those changes seem to have helped as the visitors launch a sustained period of pressure on the Bok 22. Here is Hernandez selling one of those dummies he does so well but the home defence stands its ground well and forces a turnover in the end.
60 Ayerza replaces Roncero and Orlandi comes on for Figallo.
58 M STEYN CONVERSION! 27-6! He's on form today.
57 HABANA TRY! 25-6! Very nice indeed from the Springboks. Cross-field kick from Morne Steyn and it is Habana doing the good work in the air before landing and grounding over Horacio Agulla. At last, something for the Newlands faithful to enjoy.
56 This has been a dull opening to the second-half let me tell you. Both teams seem set on not doing anything flash and instead are looking to eke out points.
52 South Africa outside centre De Villiers now runs hard but that is the end of their attack as the skipper failed to release on the ground. A welcome reprieve for Argentina then who should soon bring on Leicester loosehead prop Marcos Ayerza for an impact.
49 One just gets the feeling those missed points could now come back and hurt the Pumas. The Boks have possession on the 22 and will look to turn the screw here.
46 Oh dear, Hernandez misses again. That is his third unsuccessful kick in the second 40 so that means it could have been 20-15! What a lift that would have been?
43 The Pumas are unsuccessful with a penalty attempt to the right of the uprights which would have done them a power of good early on. That precedes a change by visiting head coach Phelan who replaces flanker Alvaro Galindo with Tomas Leonardi.
Second-half Welcome back to Newlands in Cape Town where South Africa will be wanting to seal the result and then go for the try bonus (they have two so far).
40 That is that for the first 40 minutes in Cape Town as South Africa go in 20-6 up. Not the best opening half of Rugby Championship action from Argentina but a try after the break would change things a great deal. Stay with us for the resumption of this one.
38 Argentina manage to repel the latest South African attack via a scrum penalty which leads to fly-half Hernandez sending them close to halfway. There has been little entertainment to speak of in the last ten minutes as coach Santiago Phelan looks on.
35 So we have fourteen points separating these two teams as half-time approaches. Play is on halfway with South Africa kicking towards the corner...but we come back for Argentina being offside earlier in the piece. Heyneke Meyer must be feeling content.
31 HERNANDEZ PENALTY! 20-6! That is wiped off quickly.
29 M STEYN CONVERSION! 20-3! Lovely from wide out.
28 COETZEE TRY! 18-3! The Boks have their second try and it's his first international score for his country. He put his head down and drove over on the right.
25 M STEYN PENALTY! 13-3! South Africa are back in possession now with Francois Steyn taking it up on his 50th appearance for his country. And that leads to a penalty forthcoming which fly-half Morne Steyn should slot over. He does with ease.
22 So we have a seven-point advantage for South Africa at Newlands in Cape Town but don't write off Argentina just yet as the mercurial Hernandez puts one up high again. However, that one isn't the best and Kirchner returns the ball with interest.
18 M STEYN CONVERSION! 10-3! Great strike.
17 KIRCHNER TRY! 8-3! He makes up for his penalty offence and how. The full-back hits a good line following a strong run from Alberts and he is over on the left.
14 HERNANDEZ PENALTY! 3-3! Kirchner didn't roll away.
13 Argentina are enjoying plenty of ball right now as they ease into Rugby Championship action. Lobbe carries it in close quarters but there's little given in defence.
10 Plenty of kicking early on from South Africa as we expected and that leads to possession being in the hands of the visitors, who maul then put it up for Kirchner.
7 Good work from Argentina now at the breakdown as they force a penalty turnover close to the halfway line. Step forward Juan Martin Hernandez with a spiral kick down the touchline. Some territory here for the new-boys and captain Lobbe barks the orders.
4 M STEYN PENALTY! 3-0! Du Plessis limps off after Steyn opens the scoring in Cape Town. Bad and good for South Africa as Adriaan Strauss jogs on.
3 The Boks look threatening here as they shift it from one wing (Mvovo) to the other (Bryan Habana). That almost sees Willem Alberts crashing over in the aftermath but he is pulled down short. All good for South Africa here until Bismarck du Plessis goes down.
Kick-off Here we go then with Steyn getting things underway at Newlands. The weather is good despite lots of rain falling in the week so we should have no excuses for a free-flowing game. Up it goes from Francois Hougaard and it's lost forward by Horacio Agulla - scrum to South Africa 30 metres out from Argentina's try-line. An early change here.
Team news The Springboks name local locks Andries Bekker and Eben Etzebeth in their side while Lwazi Mvovo is in for the injured JP Pietersen. Keegan Daniel runs from number eight in an all-Sharks back-row. Argentina meanwhile, who are without back Felipe Contepomi, name their strongest available XV and will hope his absence isn't a big blow.
Welcome This is it then for Argentina as they put the finishing touches to their warm-up ahead of their Rugby Championship debut. It has been a long time coming but the Pumas are now in the mix of an elite tournament and will be wanting to make a point today. South Africa are confident of joining New Zealand at the top of the table though and will hope Morne Steyn is in good form off the kicking tee. Stay tuned for team news from both camps.
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