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Argentina v South Africa - Live
full-time Argentina 16 South Africa 16
80 Jean de Villiers runs onto a pass from Francois Steyn but is dispossessed in Argentina's 22 by Landajo who promptly kicks the ball into touch. The final whistle blows and both teams look unhappy as they have to settle with the draw. However, Argentina certainly deserve the result more as they were the more dominant side. The Boks will have to improve considerably if they want to have any say in the destiny of the inaugural Rugby Championship title as it was a below-par performance from them.
79 Tiaan Liebenberg, is on for Adriaan Strauss, and makes his presence felt when he holds Albacete up at a maul. When the maul becomes static, the visitors are awarded the put-in at the scrum.
76 Argentina takes the ball into contact at a line-out inside the Boks' half but Daniel, who has really made an impact since coming on, does well to disrupt their ball and wins a scrum put-in for his side.
74 Morne Steyn steps up to take a shot at goal after Albacete infringes at a ruck but his effort is well wide and the hosts give a huge sigh of relief!
72 Argentina are slowing the game down before Landajo puts in a box kick which Keegan Daniel, who is on for Marcell Coetzee, gathers before kicking upfield.
69 Argentina attack just inside South Africa's 22 but are awarded a scrum when the ball bounces forward off Jean de Villiers' arm after he makes a tackle on Bosch.
66 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, M STEYN! 16-16. Morne Steyn drwas his side level with a well taken place-kick.
65 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, F STEYN! 16-14. Francois Steyn charges down a clearance kick from Marcelo Bosch and pounces on the loose ball before scoring!
64 Argentina go on the drive from a line-out inside the Boks' 22. They set pu a couple of phases and Santiago Fernández drops into the pocket for the drop goal. His effort is just wide though and the Boks breath a sigh of relief!
61 Martín Landajo goes on a mazy run inside South Africa's 22! He puts a kick in but it hits Zane Kirchner and when the Boks get the ball at the resulting ruck Morne Steyn tries to clear his line but the ball slices off his boot into touch a mere10 metres from where he kicked!
59 The Springboks make a change in their back-line when Ruan Pienaar comes on for Habana, who appears to be injured. This means that Pienaar slots in at scrum-half and Hougaard moves to the wing.
57 The Boks go on the attack inside the Pumas' 22 but Albacete makes up for his earlier indiscretion when he steals the ball at a ruck close to his try-line!
54 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, M STEYN! 16-9. Morne Steyn adds another three points after Patricio Albacete is penalised for leaving his feet at a ruck.
52 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, RODRIGUEZ! 16-6. Rodriguez restores his side's 10-point lead after Flip van der Merwe, who has just come on as a replacement for Andries Bekker, is penalised when he plays an opponent in the air at a line-out.
49 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, M STEYN! 13-6. Morne Steyn narrows the gap to seven points after Rodrigo Roncero infringes at a ruck.
48 Argentina do well when Fernández Lobbe gathers a ball at a line-out inside his own 22. Vergallo does well when he clears his line with a kick which goes into touch just outside his own 10 metre line.
46 Francois Steyn takes another shot at goal from just inside his half after Eusebio Guiñazú is penalised for infringing at a ruck but once again the Bok number 12's effort is wide of the posts.
43 The Springboks are under pressure again when the pumas go on the attack just outside their 22! The visitors gain a reprieve when a pass from Marcelo Bosch is judged to be forward.
40 Nicolás Sánchez gets the second half started and the Springbok forwards gather before getting a maul going inside their 22.
Half-time Argentina 13 South Africa 3
40 Francois Steyn launches an up-and-under and Lwazi Mvovo gives chase. He does well to contest for the ball but knocks on at the critical moment. The referee blows his whistle to signal half-time and the Pumas go into the sheds with a deserved lead. They've certainly come to play and dominated in the physical exchanges. The Springboks will have to be more patient especially with ball in hand when they come out after half-time if they want to secure a win.
40 The Boks do well to carry the ball to inside the Pumas' 22 but Marcell Coetzee loses the ball in contact when he runs onto a pass from Francois Hougaard.
38 South Africa are awarded a penalty just outside their 22 when Rodriguez holds onto the ball on the ground. Morne Steyn puts the ball into touch just inside Argentina's half.
36 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, RODRIGUEZ! 13-3. Rodriguez adds another three points after the Boks are penalised for an indiscretion at a maul.
33 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, M STEYN! 10-3. No mistake from the Bok pivot this time after the Pumas are once again penalised at a ruck.
31 The Argentines are pinned for a ruck infringement and Morne Steyn steps up to take his first shot at goal. His kick is wide, however, and the home side get out of jail!
29 The Boks take the ball through 15 phase and are soon inside the Pumas' 22 when Sánchez nails Jacques Potgieter with a crunching tackle! The Bok flanker certainly felt that!
27 The Springboks are awarded a tap penalty when the Argentinians are blown up for an early engagement at a scrum. Morne Steyn hoists a bomb but Nicolás Sánchez takes it in mid-air without flinching!
25 Rodriguez has a chance to add another three points to his side's total when Habana is penalised for playing the ball on the ground but the Boks gain a reprieve when he misses with his place-kick.
23 The Springboks are struggling to come to terms with the physicality which the Pumas are displaying at this stage. The South Africans are losing the battles at the contact points and seemed shell-shocked at this moment.
21 The Pumas take the ball through numerous phases and are soon on the edge of the Springboks' 22. Vergallo puts in a cross kick for Horacio Agulla to chase but Habana has no problem dealing with it and calls a mark.
18 CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, RODRIGUEZ! 10-0. Rodríguez adds the extras to extend the Pumas' lead!
17 TRY, ARGENTINA, FERNANDEZ! 8-0. Santiago Fernández runs onto a pass from Juan Figallo close to the Springboks' try-line and touches down under the posts!
16 South Africa attack inside Argentina's 22 but this time it's Andries Bekker who knocks the ball on when taking it into contact.
14 From an attacking line-out inside the Argentine 22 the Boks string several phases together but soon lose possession when Zane Kirchner loses the ball in the tackle.
12 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, RODRIGUEZ! 3-0. Rodríguez opens the scoring after Jannie du Plessis is pinned for an infringement at a maul.
8 Rodríguez puts his team on the attack when he puts the ball into touch on the Boks' five-metre line after the visitors are pinned for an indiscretion at a ruck. The Pumas fail to capitalise on this advantage when they fail to secure their own ball at a line-out.
6 Argentina are awarded a penalty when the Springboks infringe at a ruck but Martín Rodríguez fails to capitalise when his effort is also unsuccessful.
3 Nicolás Vergallo hoists a box kick close to the halfway mark which Bryan Habana gathers. At the ensuing ruck the hosts go off their feet and Francois Steyn steps up to take a shot at goal when referee Steve Walsh awards a penalty to South Africa. It's a difficult kick from about 47 metres and he pushes it just wide of the uprights.
Kick-off Morne Steyn gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Argentina's captain Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe who immediately sets up a ruck inside his 22.
Anthems The players and spectators stand to attention for the national anthems. First it's South Africa's Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika and the entire stadium give astirring rendition of Argentina's Canción Patriótica.
Record South Africa have won all 14 previous Tests between these teams.
Team news Bordeaux-Begles fly-half Nicolás Sánchez will start at number 10 for Argentina after Juan Martín Hernández was ruled out with a torn groin muscle. At full-back, Lucas González Amorosino has been replaced by Stade Francais star Martín Rodríguez.
Team news Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has made two changes to the starting XV that won last week: Adriaan Strauss replaces the injured Bismarck du Plessis at hooker and takes over the vice-captaincy, while Jacques Potgieter is promoted from the bench to start at blindside flank. Willem Alberts moves to number eight while Keegan Daniel drops to the bench.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza for this historic clash between los Pumas and the Springboks. The local fans are set to make this a very memorable occasion...don't go away!
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