South Africa Secures Hard Fought Bonus Point Victory Over Argentina in Buenos Aires in Rugby Championship

South Africa Secures Hard Fought Bonus Point Victory Over Argentina in Buenos Aires in Rugby Championship

Byron Pillay
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:12 PM
  • South Africa scored five tries to Argentina's two as they secured a bonus point victory in Buenos Aires
  • Argentina dominated the second half and produced a fightback that saw them close the gap at one stage
  • South Africa are now level with New Zealand on points in the hunt to win the Rugby Championship

South Africa are still in the hunt to win the Rugby Championship.

The Springboks produced a ruthless display as they punished Argentina in Buenos Aires.

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South Africa picked up a bonus point win as they defeated Argentina 22-20 in the Rugby Championship to keep the pressure on New Zealand. Image: Daniel Jayo/ Marcelo Endelli
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The Boks needed a win with a bonus point to keep the pressure on the All Blacks heading into the final round of fixtures, and that’s exactly what they did.

Argentina took the lead in the 9th minute of the game when Emiliano Bofelli converted a penalty. They didn’t have the lead for long as Damian Willemse levelled matters three minutes later.

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Both sides then missed a penalty each, but the Boks grabbed the next points and never looked back. The Boks benefitted from a Penalty Try, and Mateo Carreras was shown a yellow in the 21st minute, giving the Boks a 10-3 lead. Bofelli then knocked over another penalty to make it 10-6, but Jaden Hendrikse dotted down seven minutes later, which Willemse converted.

Four minutes later, Malcolm Marx scored from a driving maul, and South Africa took a 22-6 lead into the break.

The second half was all Argentina as the home side looked to reduce the deficit. Los Pumas played much of the half in the Springbok’s half but couldn’t breach the defense.

They were given the best chance to score their first try at the hour mark when Willie Le Roux was shown a yellow card, and the Boks were reduced to 14 men.

South Africa were then reduced to 13 men when Kwagga Smith was adjudged to have stopped a certain try with a high tackle. Smith was sent off, and Argentina were awarded a penalty try.

Argentina then scored a few seconds later when Matías Moroni broke through the defence to score and take the score to 22-20.

The Boks then produced a brilliant display of rugby in the final few minutes to score twice more and grab the bonus point in Argentina.

South Africa ran out 36-20 winners.

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South Africa bounced back after last week’s disappointing result to beat Australia in Sydney.

The Springboks came out all guns blazing as they took an early lead against the Wallabies through a Damian de Allende try under the posts.

Damian Willemse then converted the try to make the score 7-0. The Boks continued to bully the Australians, with captain Siya Kolisi leading by example.

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Byron Pillay
Byron Pillay is a sports writer and Head of the Department at Sports Brief (joined in 2022) with over 10 years of experience in community journalism and a degree in journalism from Caxton's Cadet School.
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