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Springboks made hard work to beat Argentina at Loftus


It was more a kicking festival than anything else but the Springboks beat the Pumas 24-18 at the end.

Plenty of opportunities in the first half which they could not convert. Two brilliant tries form Nkosi and the boot of Jantjies pulled it through at the end.

The game started with the Springboks doing all the play inside the Argentinians twenty two.

We saw some negative play from Argentina as they tried to slow down the Springboks ball and disrupt the momentum they were building up.

The Springboks were unable to get over the line after camping in their twenty two for some time. The Argentina defence was up to the drive from the lineouts of the Springboks.

The first points came from Jantjies that kicked a penalty over for a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.

Argentina had a good period attacking inside the Boks half but defensively the Springboks were up to it. A penalty against Smith let the visitors draw level 3-3 after 27 minutes.

With the hooter sounding the Springboks tried to run the ball but a wayward pass found the hands of Pagadizaval who ran through to score their first try and the lead of 10-8 going into the break.

The second half could also not going until Nkosi came and power run over the Argentina defence for his second try of the test.

Argentina pulled three points back with a penalty to reduce the lead to 15-13.

Jantjies extended the lead again with a penalty with 20 minutes to go.

A penalty to Argentina on the five meter line gave them a lineout which they took full advantage off to send Matera over for his try and level the scores at 18-all.

There was some controversy with the Pumas that scored a try but after TMO review it was founded that there was obstruction. This gave Jantjies another shot at points to take the lead to 24-18.

It was not pretty and in some way the Springboks can be lucky to escape with the win but did enough to take the win.


Springboks: Tries – S”busiso Nkosi(2) Conversions – Elton Jantjies Penalties – Elton Jantjies(4)

Argentina: Tries – Guido Petti Pagadizaval, Pablo Matera Conversions – Joaquin Diaz Bonilla Penalties – Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Benjamin Urdapilleta

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  1. The Argentinians have a bit of a dirty streak – they are going to break someone legs with their low tackling – and it seems to be a premeditated technique of targetting the shins of our locks.

  2. Crap game as expected, given lack of cohesion in selected teams for both sides. Not sure what Rassie has learned, but we will see who he selects for his last 37-member indoctrination camp (from which he will cut a further 6). I hope he saw:
    * Gelant is no Bok (rather use Kolbe and Frans there as backup)
    * Schalk did enough to be 3rd hooker
    * Reinach is gaga, but may have done enough if Rasman decides to take 3 scrummies (and not gamble with Kolbe there)
    * Locks will be interesting. Lood may indeed mis the cut completely if Rasman has to fill the quotas with Marvin ore (as RG is a must!)
    * Kwagga and Van Staden are both Currie Cup players at best. Not sure whether Marcell did himself any favours, so maybe Elstad may be the surprise (to also cover lock before Ore).
    * Nkosi – for sure he must play before Mapimpi?
    * Jantjies on 10: Enough evidence that he is a liability, but unless Rasman wants to gamble with Frans as 2nd flyhalve, then Jantjies will be in the group.

  3. @Bekke: It was blerrie crap.

    I would send Gelant packing long time ago, had a crap season and even worst time at Boks now.
    Rassie is taking all four locks he said so after the game so Lood, Eben, Mostert and RG are our WC locks with PSDT that can cover.

    Cobus is a clip but he is going, Rassie also said all three 9’s are going as does all three hookers.

    Nkosi far better as Mapimpi I agree
    The cut for me will be either Kwagga, Elstadt or Gelant. Will wait and see

  4. @Jacques Nortier: Agree with the list of 3 to cut 1 from. Unfortunately we will have 2 games where we just HAVE to play a second string – and for that he must take a full-blown 2nd 15. So my bet would be Kwagga or Elstad, but I would have preferred for Leyds to be the utility back cover, and drop both Kwagga and Elstad.

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