A rush defence combined with low tackles and a predictable attack saw the Springboks succumbed to a 13-3 half time deficit, writes Benedict Chanakira
With the Boks getting an early penalty which Elton Jantjes missed. The Argentinians looked prepared and ready to spread the ball while exposing space on the side.
The scrums have been edged by the Springboks despite the home side earning one penalty early on. The game began to come to life with several penalties flying in both directions. The visitors then managed to survive a try scare as Lionel Mapoe stopped Manuel Montero from going over.
The resultant scrum saw the Herrera concede a penalty at scrum time and a few minutes later a yellow card from a late tackle with no arms. An opportunity for the Springboks against 14 men. A penalty from Elton Jantjes saw the Springboks take a 3-0 lead.
As the Argentinians took the kick off it was Damian de Allende who received the ball and was tackled by Nicolas Sanchez who managed to win a turnover. The pivot slotted the kick to bring his side back in the game.
The Argies began to dominate play as they exposed the Springboks on the outside as a giant push from Eben Etzebeth saw the home side denied a try. A few minutes, yet another try of brilliance was created by the pumas as they ran from their own 22 to score on the opposite end through Joaquin Tuculet as the confidence of the home side was evident.
The second stanza was no different with the Argies getting off to an excited and quick start as both sides exchanged two great tries. The Springbok try was off the back of an audacious offload from Francois Louw. This saw Habana cross over the line.
The brilliance of the home side was evident as they went on to respond instantly with the most elegant cross kick as Juan Manuel Leguizamon regathered and scored in the corner.
The game was riddled with missed tackles, collapsed scrums and iffy officiating. The Pumas and Boks exchanged penalties and this saw the Pumas claim a famous win despite a Pieter-Steph du Toit try which seemed to offer South Africa some momentum.
If the alarm bells are not ringing now, I am not sure what is. The Springboks will face a tough Australian side in two week and will need to step up and make several personnel changes.
Tries: Joaquin Tuculet, Juan Manuel Leguizamón
Conversion: Nicolas Sanchez, Juan Martin Hernandez
Penalties: Sanzchez (2), Hernandez, Santiago Gonzalez
Tries: Bryan Habana, Pieter-Steph du Toit
Conversion: Johan Goosen
Penalties: Elton Jantjies (2), Morne Steyn (2)
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