The Springboks had to work for 80 minutes to get a close win over Argentina on Saturday when they beat them with a last minute try by Warren Whiteley 30-23.
The Springboks versus Argentina was always a one way affair but since they have beat the Boks in Durban last year and made the semi finals in the World Cup no one deemed them minnows anymore.
The anthems was emotional by both teams and setup the atmosphere for a great test match between these two nations.
The Springboks had they better start to the game showing their hand in running the ball and force an early penalty which Jantjies missed but a great break from Jantjies giving Goosen some space and Combrick over for the first try of the match.
The scrums was a highly contested aspect of the game early on with both teams holding their ground. The Springboks defense looked very good first up knocking the Argentinians back in the tackles.
Both teams forced penalties which earned them 3 points each and making the lead for the Springboks 10-3 after 16 min.
With both teams going at each other the Argentinians gave away another yellow card for lifting a player. That did nit stop them from taking the lead with first a penalty kick and then a brilliant try.
That gave them a three point lead with one man down after 27 min and the Springboks having to play catch-up rugby.
The Springboks did started to play better to the ball and into space but little mistakes prevent them from scoring. Support play was not there yet and 50/50 passes gave ball back to Argentina.
The Springboks were playing good pressure rugby and send Mapoe but he lost the ball while going down for the try. That was a huge blow for the Springboks just before halftime.
The Springboks did earn a penalty but could not kick it over and went into the change rooms 13-10 down.
It was not a great half from the Springboks, losing the contact and it seems that they were attacking without support. The defense from the Springboks also went downhill as the time went one in the first half opening gaps for the Argentinians.
The second half started not great for South Africa with Jantjies not able to catch a straight froward attacking ball from a scrum giving the Argentinians attacking opportunity in the Springboks half.
The Springboks seemed to be panicking too easily and with a man down with Habana in the bin for taking a man out in the air seemed to help them going down faster. It almost seemed that they were happy living of scraps and defend the whole time.
The Springboks seemed plan-less on attack and kept missing tackles too easily which just gave the Argentinians more ball to attack and field possession. Senseless kicking from the Springboks gave Argentina there second try of the match and stretch their lead to 23-13 after they also had a penalty earlier.
The Springboks ht back with a brilliant try from Goosen after De Klerk broke away from an attacking scrum and then got a penalty to make the scores level again at 23 all with minutes to go.
It was Argentina that made the mistakes at the end of the game giving away too much penalties and giving the Springboks the chance to attack which they did to send Whiteley over in the corner in the last minute of the match.
That gave the Springboks the lead and winning score at the end of 30-10.
Springboks – Tries: Ruan Combrinck, Johan Goosen, Warren Whiteley. Conversions: Elton Jantjies (3). Penalties: Jantjies (3).
Argentina – Tries: Matias Orlando, Santiago Cordero. Conversions: Nicolás Sánchez (2). Penalties: Sánchez (3).
Man of the match and again the most outstanding player for the Springboks
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