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  • Penalty, Engelbrecht, De Villiers, du Preez, Habana, Strauss, du Plessis, Vermeulen, Alberts,
    Penalty goals: Steyn (4),
    Conversions: Steyn (8),
73 - 13


  • Contepomi,
    Penalty goals: Contepomi (2),
    Conversions: Contepomi,
  • Rugby Championship
  • 17th Aug 2013
  • KO 16:00
  • Ground: Vodacom Loftus Stadium
  • Att: 52,800

South Africa v Argentina - Live

Last updated: 17th August 2013  

Full Time South Africa 73 Argentina 13

Conversion80 CONVERSION, ARGENTINA, CONTEPOMI! 73-13. Contepomi dusts himself off and adds the extras. The final whistle goes immediately after this kick and the Boks have showed with that victory that they will be a force in this year's competition. The Pumas will have to go back to the drawing board if they want to make an impact during the rest of the Rugby Championship as they were never in this game.

TRY80 TRY, ARGENTINA, CONTEPOMI! 73-11. The Pumas backs are on the attack inside the Boks' 22 and Horacio Agulla is in the clear! He offloads to his captain, who scores a consolation try!

Conversion77 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 73-6. Steyn kicks his umpteenth place kick as this game has become a rout now!

TRY76 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, B DU PLESSIS! 71-6. The Boks get that maul going from a line-out again and this time it's Bismarck du Plessis who scores from close quarters!

Conversion72 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 66-6. Steyn is making this look easy now as he adds another two-pointer!

TRY71 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, VERMEULEN! 64-6. Duane Vermeluen runs onto an inside pass from Steyn and gets over the whitewash!

70 The Boks have brought on all their replacements as they have the game in the bag. Most of the players are the senior men who are enjoying a deserved break on the sidelines.

68 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 59-6. Steyn shows his class again as he slots another place-kick!

TRY67 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, HABANA! 57-6. Eben Etzebeth powers through the Pumas' defence before being stopped just short of their try-line. Du Preez throws a long pass to Habana, who gets in for his try!

66 Engelbrecht bursts through the Argentine defence before being stopped 10 metres from their 22. Du Preez throws a pass to Pat Lambie but the replacement full-back over runs the pass and watches as the ball goes into touch.

Conversion64 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 52-6. Steyn adds another two-pointer to give the hosts' a 46-point lead!

TRY63 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, DU PREEZ! 50-6. Habana is stopped just short of the Pumas' try-line and when the ball pops out at the resulting ruck, Fourie du Preez reacts quickest and dives over!

60 Argentina receive a penalty after Gurthro Steenkamp is penalised for a scrummaging infringement. Contepomi kicks for touch and puts the ball out about five metres from the halfway mark.

Conversion57 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 45-6. Steyn adds another two-pointer to extend the Springboks' lead!

TRY56 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, DE VILLERS! 43-6. Jean de Villers gets in for an easy five-pointer after intercepting a pass from Manuel Carizza just outside the Pumas' 22.

TRY54 TRY,SOUTH AFRICA, ALBERTS! 38-6. The Boks launch another drive, from a line-out inside the Pumas' 22, and this time it's Willem Alberts, who dots down after controlling at the back of the maul! Steyn misses his first place-kick.

52 Le Roux draws in a defender and throws a long pass to Engelbrecht, inside Argentina's 22, but the out5side centre fails to hang on and watches as the ball goes out by the touchline!

Yellow Card50 YELLOW CARD, ARGENTINA, SENATORE! Leonardo Senatore receives his marching order after executing a tip-tackle on Engelbrecht.

Conversion47 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 33-6. Steyn maintains his perfect goal-kicking record as he adds the extras!

TRY46 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, STRAUSS! 31-6. The Boks' pack go on a drive from the line-out and Adriaan Strauss powers through the middle before crashing over!

45 The pumas front row are penalised for illegal scrummaging inside their 22. Steyn kicks for touch and puts the ball out five metres from the visitors' try-line.

43 Le Roux sets off on a run inside the Pumas' 22! He draws in Juan Imhoff and offloads to Habana who knocks on with the try-line beckoning!

41 Steyn gets the second half underway with a deep kick. The Pumas forwards gather and go on the drive but knock on on their 10-metre line.

Half Time South Africa 26 Argentina 6

40 The Boks are on the attack close to the Pumas' try-line but a handling error is seen by the referee who blows the half-time whistle shortly afterwards. As the scoreline suggests, the Boks have been dominant and they will be determined to build on this fine start after the break. The Pumas will have to improve considerably if they want anything from this game.

Penalty38 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 26-6. Steyn gives the Springboks a 20-point lead after Augustine Creevy is pinned for a ruck infringement.

Conversion34 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 23-6. Steyn makes no mistake from the kicking tee to push the home side further in front!

TRY33 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, ENGELBRECHT! 21-6. JJ Engelbrecht gathers a kick ahead from le Roux and races away from close to the halfay mark before scoring under the posts!

Yellow Card31 YELLOW CARD, ARGENTINA, GUINAZU! Guinazu is sent to the sin bin for his cynical foul.

Conversion31 CONVERSION, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 16-6. Steyn adds the extras to extend the hosts' lead!

30 TRY, SOUTH AFRICA, PENALTY TRY! 14-6. Eusebio Guinazu deliberately knocks down a pass from Strauss close to his try-line and after consulting his TMO referee Chris Pollock awards a penalty try!

27 Le Roux joins the line at pace and offloads to Bjorn Basson inside the Pumas' 22 but the wing is bundled into touch by Camacho!

25 Nicolas Sanchez tries to run the ball back at the Boks, from inside his 22. He makes little ground and is tackled into touch by Beast Mtawarira.

Penalty23 PENALTY, ARGENTINA, CONTEPOMI! 9-6. Contepomi reduces the lead to three points with a well-taken three-pointer after Adriaan Strauss plays the ball with his hands at a ruck.

Penalty20 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 9-3. Steyn succeeds with another penalty after Leonardo Senatore infringes at a ruck.

Penalty17 PENALTY, ARGENITINA, CONTEPOMI! 6-3. Felipe Contepomi adds a three-pointer after the Boks are penalised for using two scrum-halves at a line-out.

15 Willie le Roux gathers a ball, just outside his 22, and kicks for touch. The ball goes out directly so los Pumas are awarded a line-out on the Boks' 22-metre line.

13 Argenitna fail to control a line-out as Patricio Albacete knocks on when he tries to break away at the set-piece.

Penalty10 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN! 6-0. Steyn adds another three-pointer after Bryan Habana is played in air.

8 JJ Engelbrecht takes the ball into contact but when he goes to ground Felipe Contepomi manages to drive through the middle of the ruck where he catches Pienaar in possession.

Penalty6 PENALTY, SOUTH AFRICA, STEYN. 3-0. Argentina's forwards are pinned for a ruck infringement and Steyn gets the game's first points from the kicking tee.

3 Martin Landajo is pinned for a crook feed at a scrum. Steyn opts to hoist a bomb from the tap penalty which Hernandez gathers inside his 22, where he calls for a mark.

1 And we're off! Juan Martin Hernandez gets us started with a deep kick which Morne Steyn gathers inside his 22. He offloads to Ruan Pienaar, who passes kicks for touch and puts the ball out 10 metres from the halfway mark.

The teams show great emotion while their respective anthems are being sung. First up is Argentina's Patriotic March, followed by the home side's Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika.

South Africa side shows four changes from the team which beat Samoa in June. Two of the changes are in the starting XV, both of them in the forwards, and two on the bench. Upfront, Duane Vermeulen is back in action after an injury lay-off and takes over from the injured Pierre Spies at number eight. At lock, Juandré Kruger and Flip van der Merwe swap places, with the latter moving to the bench and the former starting next to Eben Etzebeth in the middle row. On the bench, there is a return for the experienced duo of Fourie du Preez and Gurthro Steenkamp.

Felipe Contepomi will captain Argentina in this clash in the absence of Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe. Live-wire Fernandez Lobbe was ruled out of the encounter due to a calf injury, with his place on the side of the scrum taken by Pablo Matera. Marcos Ayerza is another to succumb to injury, with the prop sidelined by cartilage damage. Matias Diaz comes into the starting XV as a result.

Hello and welcome to the Soccer City Stadium in Soweto for this Rugby Championship clash between our hosts, South Africa, and Argentina. We'll return shortly with team news.

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