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Springbok winger Ruan Combrinck will most likely miss the rest of the Rugby Championship after being ruled out due to injury for up to six weeks.

Combrinck was forced to leave the field in the first half with seven minutes remaning by Jesse Kriel and taken to hospital.

The Lions winger was one of two players who had to leave the field on Saturday because of injuries suffered in the second Rugby Championship Test against the Pumas.

Flyhalf Elton Jantjies will undergo a scan to determine the extent of the groin injury which forced him off the field soon after the start of the second half.

Jantjies replaced by Morné Steyn in the 46th minute.

Meanwhile Springbok coach, Allister Coetzee, has said that the Pumas deserved their win because they used their opportunities to score points much better than the Springboks. It was the first ever win at home for the Pumas over the Springboks.

“I want to congratulate Argentina for their win tonight in Salta. As a team, we made some crucial mistakes and they made better use of their opportunities than we did,” said Coetzee.

“Although we lost Ruan and Elton because of injuries, we managed to come back in the second half. However, I am disappointed by the many individual mistakes that we committed.”

The Bok coach added: “We had enough opportunities to create scoreboard pressure, but we did not take them. At Test level, you must take your opportunities or you will get punished. We missed some penalties and also didn’t score tries when we were in a position to do so.

“Credit to Argentina because they really worked for their victory. The defeat is hurting and the Springboks will never be satisfied with a loss. We will regroup and work hard to improve as a team so that we can be ready for the next Test against Australia in Brisbane,” said Coetzee.

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