South Africa beat Argentina in Salta

Out of the last five Rugby Championship matches between Argentina’s Pumas and South Africa’s Springboks the South Africans have won four and drawn one.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

Handre Pollard kicks off and the match is underway.

2.00: Argentina make a strong start to the match pushing the Springboks back into their 22. They win a line out and attack the Boks 10m out.

3.0: Penalty to Argentina. Nicolas Sanchez takes the kick and nails it. Argentina lead.

5.00: Argentina breakout and look to be away on the wing but there is a forward pass.

6.00: Penalty to Argentina from the scrum. Sanchez takes the kick but misses.

8.00: The Pumas continue to pin the Springboks in their half with kicks and attacking runs. Willie le Roux spots some space so he kicks behind the Pumas who get back and kick the ball into touch.

10.00: Penalty to South Africa. Handre Pollard takes the shot and levels the scores.

11.00: Willie le Roux tries to break through Argentina’s defence but he is pushed into touch. The Pumas take a quick line out and get the ball into the Boks 22. Sanchez goes for a drop goal and nails it. Pumas lead.

13.00: Before the match can continue there is a call for TMO review of a tip tackle but there are communication problems so they have to play on.

14.00: The Springboks get their best attacking spell as they press the Pumas back in their 22. The Pumas knock the ball on as they turn the ball over and try to run it out. SA scrum.

16.00: The Springbok front row collapses so Argentina get a penalty. They kick for touch.

18.00: Penalty to Argentina from the scrum again so they take the quick tap but knock on. Bismarck du Plessis gets a talking to by Steve Walsh.

19.00: The scrum has to be reset. Twice. Penalty to South Africa from the scrum this time. Pollard kicks for touch.

21.00: There is a break in play as the teams get some water. We resume with a line out to the Springboks. They win the line out and try to form the maul. The Pumas defend it but South Africa get the advantage. Pollard kicks for the wing but we go back for a penalty for collapsing the maul.

22.00: Pollard takes the penalty kick and levels the scores.

25.00: Argentina go through 7 phases on attack and they get to the tryline. The Boks keep them out and the Pumas go wide and this time Manuel Montero scores. TRY!

26.00: Nicolas Sanchez takes the conversion kick from the touchline and nails it.

28.00: Penalty in front of the posts to South Africa. Pollard lines up the kick. He nails it cutting the gap to four.

30.00: Argentina enjoy quick ball on attack in the Springboks half. The Boks manage to keep them out of their 22 but it’s all the Pumas.

31.00: Against the flow of play South Africa (Pienaar) get a boot to a loose ball and Habana chases and pounces on the ball and scores. TRY!

32.00: Pollard slots the conversion and South Africa lead for the first time. There is another break in play as a Pumas player gets some medical help after being shoulder charged by Juan Smith. No action against Smith and the player continues.

34.00: Tomas Cubelli comes on for Martin Landajo. The Pumas kick for touch, the Boks win the line out and kick to the Pumas who attack. They almost get through but lose the ball and the Boks kick upfield. The Pumas kick it back and then SA kick it out.

36.00: Pablo Matera has to come off with his arm in a sling. The Pumas win their line out and they kick upfield. South Africa make the mark.

38.00: Penalty just inside the SA half to Argentina. Sanchez takes the shot but misses.

40.00: The Pumas attack as the siren sounds. They go through the phases and make ground steadily. After 5 phases they go wide but knock on.

It’s half time.

The half time score was Argent

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