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Match Report – Argentina beat awful Springboks


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

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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.


Argentina 26

Tries: Joaquin Tuculet, Juan Manuel Leguizamón

Conversion: Nicolas Sanchez, Juan Martin Hernandez

Penalties: Sanzchez (2), Hernandez, Santiago Gonzalez

Springboks 24

Tries: Bryan Habana, Pieter-Steph du Toit

Conversion: Johan Goosen

Penalties: Elton Jantjies (2), Morne Steyn (2)


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  1. Can we just bring back Jake White immediately so the Boks can go back to the basics from rucks to counter-rucks to the pick-n-go to set pieces… all the constant talk of ‘attack’ from the clueless coach and quota backline coach amounts to nothing when they neglect the above.

    Player drain, racial quota’s from coaches to players and Springbok ruck is over. They’re a top 5 side now nothing more and lucky at that…

    I predicted the Argies would play like this on the dry falt-track that is Salta… Alister Coetzee predicted a kicking game… I think that says it all…

    Wooden spoon here they come…

  2. On top of the ad nauseum above… until that is dealt with selections really do not matter however…

    Painfully obvious the loose-forward trio is not balanced… Flouw needs to move to 7 and bring in some pace in Kriel… Mahoje needs to be replaced by a power blind-sider… there are several candidates playing in the CC from JL Du Preez to Hanro Liebenerg and even PSDT.

    Limiting yourself to one captain is so yesteryear when a player is out of form… bring in MArx and bench Strauss… Whitely can be captain.

    There is no need for PAige there he is not an impact player… bring in Hougaard for a 6-2 split with an extra speedster lock in Mostert or a second flanker… one brute one speedster either way. Kriel can start at 15 and Goosen can cover 10/13/15 from bench.

    I don’t know what to do with Jantjies it’s not all his fault but he’s not controlling the game from 10 and the combo of 10/12/13 is not working on defence nor attack. They need Frans Steyn there for so many reasons. The sooner Lambie and Pollard are back the better.

    Koch is not a defensive player and Beast seems to be slo-mow in everything but the scrums.

    Bring in top line a backline coach, defensive coach, breakdown specialist, technical analyst. Or better yet swop the current with the Lions coaching squad.

    And then go back to basics in every department with efficiency…

    But rot start with SARU and the government… mediocrity has become the norm as long as it appeases…

  3. What we are witnessing is what happens when a team plays without a plan. Coach saying: “Go out there and express yourselves boys.”
    This is what you get.

  4. @Timeo:

    Too true. A friend of mine said in the week that the Boks need to show old fashioned grit. Won’t get us anywhere. They have no idea how they want to play, looks lost on the field, pretty much looks like the Bulls at the moment. There is just no gameplan nor clear cut instructions.

    I hope this opens the play what is in front of you mob’s eyes, as this is what you get. There can’t be any cohesion if everyone just plays what is in front of them. The Lions attack as well as they do because they spend hours practising attack, why else would swys be there? But no, some fools say they play the situation. Whatever, get a skills coach, a backline coach, a ruck specialist, and let Toetie speak to the press.

  5. @Timeo:

    Yep… the AB’s as a collective are far better than any of their Super rugby sides… the Bok’s as a collective are worse than the Lions…

    The Lions put 50 points on this exact same Puma’s side when they were the JAguars…

    What does that tell you?

  6. Must say, I was excited about the AC era, because he always had a good gameplan, which just needed to be tweaked. Now Sadly, like Meyer, he listened to the fans and thinks we can just run it willy nilly without winning the ball first.

  7. Boks could very well lose 7 or 8 from 12 tests this year excluding the Barbarians match which would effectively set themselves back by 13 years to 2003…

  8. I agree with you all….we can whoever player in this team, if you have no leader and no plan they will look like headless chickens.

  9. So obvious what’s going to happen. From Meyer to this schlameel – what difference, they all clueless.

    First thing you do is pick the best players. That means a new captain. Next thing, get a coach with some Gdam inspiration to light a fire under this bunch

  10. Ick the right Gdam side from the get go so they don’t have to make up a 13-3 deficit.

    These Gdam palioka coaches got it all wrong. They should not be letting these mediocre sides like Ireland and Argentina go into a lead and gain in confidence – you smash them with your best first up, then you run them down.

    Maak sag vorentoe, as old as van riebeck.

    These teams are expecting the boks, a dude renowned for bliksem img all and sundry and instead they get a soft touch, and they think, we are beating these guys upfront and we Can actually win this.

  11. Just like when Elton moved down to the Stormers last time, it took Allister 4 games to completely rob the best SA flyhalf (by far) in super rugby of his confidence and make him look so unsure of himself.

    Thanks Allister for making some of the best SA players look crap, and all of that in a few weeks. I will honestly not be surprised if the Boks do not manage to win another game in the Championship.

  12. Coach Divvy on Twitter:

    “If you pick The EP Kings backline coach as the Springboks backline coach, then EP Kings results it will be then”

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