Rugby Championship

Thumb_south-africa-ed South Africa


Thumb_argentina-ed Argentina

Kick-off local time : Sat, 17 August 2013 - 17h00
Kick-off : Sat, 17 August 2013 - 17h00
Venue : FNB Stadium, Soweto
Referee : Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Match status : Result
  South Africa Argentina
Tries Adriaan Strauss (45min), Willem Alberts (54min), Jean de Villiers (56min), Bryan Habana (67min), Duane Vermeulen (70min), and Bismarck du Plessis (76min)
Penalties Morne Steyn (6min), Morne Steyn (9min), Morne Steyn (19min), and Morne Steyn (38min)
Conversions Morne Steyn (30min), Morne Steyn (33min), Morne Steyn (47min), Morne Steyn (56min), Morne Steyn (63min), Morne Steyn (67min), Morne Steyn (70min), and Morne Steyn (76min)
Penalty tries
Yellow cards Eusebio Guiñazu (30min)
Red cards
Minute Commentary


Serfontein makes a break but throws a horrible pass out to Habana and the Pumas come away with it. They put a few phases together and some good passing down the right hand side sees Contepomi go over for a good consolation TRY. He adds the CONVERSION to make it a final score of 73-13. A comprehensive victory for the Boks who scored nine tries to go to the top of the Rugby Championship log. Coverage of the Currie Cup match between Western Province and the Cheetahs coming up.


They set another maul and Bismarck du Plessis is over this time for the TRY. Steyn adds another CONVERSION and that makes it 72-6.


Alberts loses it forward in the tackle so the Pumas have a scrum just short of halfway. The Pumas go down so Steyn kicks it into the corner again.


The Boks win a tighthead and it is sent out to Serfontein who comes close. Du Preez Steyn who gives it to Vermeulen on the inside and he is over for the TRY. Steyn adds the CONVERSION to make it 66-6.


The Boks come again and Kolisi breaks the line and gets it away to Louw. He is in the 22 but his offload is knocked on so the Pumas have a scrum.


The Boks storm back into the 22 with Lambie breaking the line to get them there and it is worked out wide to Habana who goes over in the corner for the TRY. Steyn knocks over another CONVERSION to make it 59-6


The Boks maul it and then send it wide as they look for more tries. Engelbrecht does well down the right and breaks into the 22 but a pass goes into touch. Boks looking threatening.


It goes out to De Villiers and he breaks the line before spinning it wide to Habana. He is brought down just short but the Boks get there in numbers and Du Preez goes over for the TRY. Steyn adds the CONVERSION to make it 52-6.


Steenkamp goes down and is blown up so the Pumas clear it. They send it wide after the line-out and it is a good move but Agullo couldn't hold on so the Boks have a scrum short of halfway.


The boks come again with Le Roux and Habana making good runs to get them to the 22. It goes wide again but it is a poor pass to Habana and the Pumas have a defensive scrum.


Fourie du Preez is on and makes a box kick which De Villiers to follow up well to intercept and race in for the TRY. Steyn adds the CONVERSION to make it 45-6.


Another line-out in the corner and another maul and this time Alberts is at the back to go over for the TRY that is the bonus point wrapped up. Steyn misses the kick but the Boks are 38-6 up


The Boks kick it into the corner and set another maul. It goes to the backline and the Pumas are up quickly. Engelbrecht makes good ground and the forwards have a go as they look for the bonus point. Le Roux has an overlap but the pass flies into touch. The Pumas were offside so the Boks have another chance.


The Boks go on the attack again and Engelbrecht is hit hard by Leonardo Senatore who is shown a YELLOW CARD for the tackle.


The Pumas scrum inwards so the Boks kick for the corner. They maul it and Strauss is over for the TRY. Steyn adds the CONVERSION.


They send it wide and Le Roux tries a little chip over the top but just can't regather and it goes into touch. Etzebeth wins the line-out and Alberts has a run. They move over the 22 and go wide but Habana drops it cold.


Steyn kicks off the second half and the Pumas clear it and follow up but then knock it on so the Boks have a scrum.


The Pumas take it up to halfway but they are held up in the tackle and then go early at the scrum. The Boks take it quickly and charge into the 22 but side entry at a ruck from Du Plessis means the Pumas can clear to make it half-time. The Boks with a healthy lead over a 14-man Argentina, join us in tne minutes for the second half.


The Boks have a scrum in Puma territory and send it out to Le Roux and he reaches the 22. The forwards take over with Alberts and Strauss making ground but the Pumas were offside so Steyn kicks another PENALTY to make it 26-6.


The Pumas are on the attack near the 22 but it is knocked on and Le Roux kicks ahead for Engelbrecht who catches them on the counter to pick up the ball and race away for the TRY. Steyn adds the CONVERSION and the Boks lead 23-6.


They maul again and the referee wants to give a penalty try but decides to ask for it to go on the big screen. Eusebio Guiñazu deliberately knocked a try scoring pass down so he is shown a YELLOW CARD and the PENALTY TRY is given. Steyn adds the CONVERSION to make it 16-6.


The Pumas clear it but the Boks have another shot, they get a good maul going and it breaks down a few metres short but the Pumas were offside. Steyn opts to kick for the corner as the Boks look for a try and they maul again. A few drives at the line and De Villiers is held up over the line but Leguizamon was offside.


Vermeulen makes a break and tries to get the offload away to Engelbrecht but it is knocked forward by Hernandez so the Boks have a scrum on the 22. It goes to Le Roux and he gets it away to Basson but he is dragged into touch.


The Pumas come again as the Boks continue to defend. A chip over the top gives Le Roux a chance to run but it is eventually kicked deep. Camacho has a run but he is tackled into touch so the Boks have a line-out.


The Pumas forwards drive it up again before they send it out to Imhoff. The backline has a crack as they approach the 22 and Strauss goes offside at a ruck so Contepomi has another shot at goal and slots the PENALTY to make it 9-6.


The Pumas win a high ball and Sanchez kicks long. The teams exchange kicks before Louw forced the Pumas to hold on too long at the breakdown. Steyn has another shot at goal and slots the PENALTY to make it 9-3


Sanchez kicks high and they let it bounce. Le Roux claims it but he puts it straight into touch. Plenty of errors from both sides in a scrappy game so far. The Boks are blown up for numbers at the line-out so Contepomi slots the easy PENALTY to make it 6-3.


Albacete knocks on at a line-out so the Boks have a scrum on halfway. They go to Le Roux on the blindside and he finds Basson but he is tackled into touch.


The Pumas take it up over halfway with their forwards driving up the middle. Sanchez puts a low kick into touch in the 22 and the Boks maul it before Pienaar clears.


Steyn finds touch near halfway and Etzebeth steals the line-out. It goes wide to Engelbrecht but he is isolated. Contepomi puts it into touch and the Boks maul the line-out. Steyn kicks across for Habana and he knocks on but the Pumas collapsed the maul so Steyn has another shot at goal and the PENALTY is over to make it 6-0.


Sanchez looks for territory and finds touch inside Bok territory. The Bok maul it and Alberts crashes over halfway. The Pumas go offside so Steyn has a shot at goal and the PENALTY is over to make it 3-0.


The Boks have the first scrum but the Pumas push early and they take it quickly. It goes to Alberts but he knocks it on so the Pumas have the scrum this time. It is a skew put-in and Steyn kicks an up and under. The mark is made by Hernandez so the Pumas can clear.


Hernandez kicks the game off and Pienaar finds touch. The throw is not straight so the Boks get it back soon.


Both teams are out on the pitch, and it is just the national anthems to go before we get the action underway.


The Pumas have always been renowned for their scrumming so it will be interesting to see how they adapt to the new scrum laws. The Springboks looked good in victories over Samoa, Scotland and Italy in June and they will want to make it four consecutive victories today.


The All Blacks made a big statement with their crushing victory over the Wallabies in Sydney, and the Springboks will feel that a full five points is vital if they are going to keep up with the world champions. They face a Pumas team that showed last year that they are no pushovers, and with perfect conditions we should be in for a great match.


Welcome to live coverage of the Rugby Championship Test between South Africa and Argentina from Soweto. Bafana Bafana have already beaten Burkina Faso 2-0, and the home fans will be hoping that the Springboks can follow up with another victory.
South Africa
15 Willie le Roux
14 JP Pietersen
13 Jaque Fourie
12 Jean de Villiers
11 Bryan Habana
10 Morne Steyn
9 Ruan Pienaar
8 Duane Vermeulen
7 Willem Alberts
6 Francois Louw
5 Flip van der Merwe
4 Eben Etzebeth
3 Coenie Oosthuizen
2 Bismarck du Plessis
1 Tendai Mtawarira

23 Patrick Lambie
22 Jano Vermaak
21 Siya Kolisi
20 Pieter-Steph du Toit
19 Bakkies Botha
18 Lourens Adriaanse
17 Gurthrö Steenkamp
16 Adriaan Strauss
15 Joaquin Tuculet
14 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino
13 Horacio Agulla
12 Gabriel Ascarate
11 Juan Imhoff
10 Nicolas Sánchez
9 Martín Landajo
8 Benjamin Macome
7 Julio Farias Cabello
6 Juan Manuel Leguizamon
5 Mariano Galarza
4 Manuel Carizza
3 Maximiliano Bustos
2 Eusebio Guiñazu
1 Marcos Ayerza

23 Santiago Cordero
22 Javier Rojas
21 Tomas Cubelli
20 Pablo Matera
19 Tomas Lavaninni
18 Matias Diaz
17 Nahuel Lobo
16 Santiago Iglesias Valdez