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South Africa’s Springboks kick off their 2017 Rugby Championship campaign in Port Elizabeth at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium where they host Argentina’s Pumas.

The Springboks beat France, weakened by the Top 14 Final, in three home Tests: 37-14, 37-15 and 35-12. While the South Americans lost to a weakened England team in two home Tests: 25-35 and 34-38.

Argentina has won two of their last five games against South Africa after having won none of the previous 19 encounters between the two nations.

Last year, they won 26-24 in Salta, however, that Bok team will go down as, possibly, the worst side to ever wear the famous green and gold.

The Springboks have lost seven of their last nine games in The Rugby Championship and will be looking to get back to winning ways in Port Elizabeth, especially after the feelgood factor gained from the French series victory.

It is time for the national anthems, Marcha Patriótica and Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: BEEP! BEEP! Romain Poite gets us underway in PE. The controversial French referee officiated Argentina’s 25-37 win over the Boks in Durban in 2015. South Africa go through the phases, but they are getting slow ball from the rucks.

3.00: After 16 phases, the Boks are penalised for not releasing. It was excellent work from skipper Agustín Creevy. The South Americans are only committing one or two players to the breakdown. The kick does not find touch, but the visitors get it back and are inside the home team’s half.

5.00: Argentina lose the ball forward, so South Africa get the put into the first scrum of the afternoon.

6.00: The Boks go wide to the short side but Jesse Kriel’s pass to Raymond Rhule is knocked forward, and out by Emiliano Boffelli. The second scrum is reset after both front rows go down.

7.00: BIG SCRUM by the Boks. They win the penalty after Coenraad Oosthuizen causes havoc for Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

9.00: MISS! Elton Jantjies attempts a long range drop goal but it is poor. The ball does not reach the goal line and rolls out over the dead ball line. That is a poor option, not to mention execution by the Lions flyhalf: 0-0

11.00: Tomás Lezana is penalised for going off his feet at the breakdown. Jesse Kriel broke the first line of defence before being halted. Jantjies will take a shot at goal.

12.00: PENALTY! Jantjies slots the kick to give the Boks the lead. There is a stiff wind blowing off the bay and it is swirling around the stadium, but the flyhalf makes no mistake: 3-0

14.00: Jaco Kriel wins the penalty at the breakdown, allowing his Lions team-mate to release the pressure with a clearance inside the opposition’s half.

15.00: South Africa are hard done by; Romain Poite misses a knock back from an Argentine hand, then another, blowing up for a scrum to the visitors. The crowd sees the two poor calls on the big screen and start booing the Frenchman. Boy, he is a poor referee. He could, and should have, played advantage. The home team would have scored there.

18.00: The Boks are on the attack, but it is stopped by some illegal means. Jantjies will kick at goal.

20.00: PENALTY! Jantjies doubles the score: 6-0

21.00: Big tackle from Tendai Mtawarira on Pablo Matera, the visitors start throwing some poor passes and Creevy loses the ball forward. Scrum to the Boks, just inside their half. Argentina has already made six handling errors and have had only 30 percent possession.

24.00: The Boks are trying to play with width, but their handling is messy. Beast Mtawarira’s pass to Courtnall Skosan ends with the wing knocking the ball forward.

27.00: The Pumas are finally putting some phases together. they have a penalty advantage for a high tackle by Malcolm Marx. The Springboks doubled their match tackles in that series of play. Better from Argentina. the inside ball by Los Pumas is causing the Boks problems.

28.00: MISS! Nicolás Sánchez, who is usually so accurate, pulls his kick wide of the posts: 6-0

31.00: Uzair Cassiem is getting around the park, the No 8 with another pick and go, but the ball is turned over and the Pumas counter.

32.00: TRY Martín Landajo! The scrumhalf gets his sixth Test try after a turnover by Joaquín Tuculet, who picks up Jan Serfontein’s poor kick and sets up the counter-attack. The fullback spins out of Serfontein’s tackle and breaks from his 22. He is tackled by Andries Coetzee but he gets the ball away to Boffelli. The winger runs inside before putting a cross-grubber kick down the field for the scrummy, who kicks the rolling ball forwards before latching onto and score. Wow! 6-5

33.00: MISS! Sánchez, who normally kicks at 80 percent throughout his career, misses his second kick of the game: 6-5

37.00: TRY Courtnall Skosan! The Lions winger is over for his first Bok try. Skosan takes Jantjies’ inside ball off the shoulder, is tackled by Jerónimo de la Fuente, but not held. He gets up and races away to score. On second look, it seems he was tackled and held, but the ref missed it: 11-5

38.00: Jantjies adds the extras: 13-5

40.00: The Boks have found their groove at the end of the half. The Bok scrum has been impressive, too.

The half-time score was South Africa 13 Argentina 5

41.00: BEEP! BEEP! We are back underway in Port Elizabeth. Argentian have come out and are looking pumped.Agustín Creevy carries into traffic, the ball is gathered, recycled and taken into contact, again.

43.00: After 10 phases, Raymond Rhule wins the turnover at the breakdown and the danger is cleared. Some good defence by the Boks and a good clearance by Andries Coetzee.

44.00: South Africa have the scrum. they have been dominant and they win the free kick. Ross Cronje takes it quickly and the Boks attack.

45.00: Tomás Lezana breaks in midfield after a good offload. He races clear and plays Joaquín Tuculet. The fullback bursts through is tackled and Malcolm Marx is penalised. Creevy calls Nicolás Sánchez over to take a shot at goal.

46.00: PENALTY! Finally, Nicolás Sánchez is successful with a kick: 13-8

48.00: Strong work by Jaco Kriel at the breakdown. He wins the penalty and Elton Jantjies will take another crack at goal.

49.00: PENALTY! Brilliant kick from Jantjies and in difficult conditions as the wind swirls: 16-8

50.00: WOW! Siya Kolisi and Beast Mtawarira destroy Los Pumas at the next ruck. Jantjies kicks to the 22.

51.00: Tomás Lavanini and Guido Petti are both penalised for collapsing the maul and for coming in from the side.

52.00: TRY Raymond Rhule! After some quick shifting of the ball left and right, Janjies changes direction and Serfontein skips a long pass to the wing, who bursts through the hole in the Argentina defence and powers over the try line: 21-8

53.00: Jantjies’ kick comes in-off the post: 23-8

56.00: Tomás Lavanini drops the ball inside the red zone, Kolisi hacks the bouncing ball forward. It is gathered by Ramiro Moyano, who is smoked in the hit by two Bok chasers. Eventually, Joaquín Tuculet clears, but the ball goes straight into touch. Oh no.

57.00: Beast is off to a standing ovation, he made eight tackles and was superb in the scrum.

58.00: The Boks are penalised for collapsing the driving maul. Nicolás Sánchez kicks to the corner.

59.00: TRY Emiliano Boffelli! After several pick-and-goes by Tomás Cubelli, Guido Petti and Tomás Lavanini, the ball is shifted wonderfully through the hands by Juan Martín Hernández and Joaquín Tuculet for the winger to score in the corner: 23-13

60.00: Hernández makes no mistake with the conversion: 23-15

63.00: The changes are coming from both camps as the game enters the last quarter. Ramiro Herrera is penalised for collapsing the scrum. Jantjies kicks to the corner.

66.00: TRY Siya Kolisi! Port Elizabeth’s favourite son goes over for his second Test try. It came from the driving maul and some good handling by the Boks. Rhule was tackled, got up and offloaded to Jean-Luc du Preez. The substitute gave the ball to Serfontein and he released the Stormers skipper for the try: 28-15

67.00: The conversion is good and that should settle this Test: 30-15

70.00: The Boks are starting to put their foot down. with the game already won, they are playing with freedom. The penalties are mounting against Los Pumas, who are starting to wilt. The Boks want to scrum.

72.00: TRY Pieter-Steph du Toit! After another bulldozing scrum, Andries Coetzee goes close. He is stopped but Du Toit picks and drives over the whitewash: 35-15

73.00: Jantjies makes it seven from seven with the boot, converting his team’s fourth try: 37-15

77.00: Curwin Bosch is on in his home town. He almost costs his team a try with a poor clearance kick.

81.00: The hooter sounds and the game is over after a knock on.

Full-time

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The final score is South Africa 37 (13) Argentina 15 (5)

Scorers

South Africa
Tries – Skosan, Rhule, Kolisi, Du Toit
Pen – Jantjies (3)
Con – Jantjies (4)
Drop –
Cards –

Argentina
Tries – Landajo, Boffelli
Pen – Sánchez
Con – Hernández
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Romain Poite (FFR)
Assistant Ref 1: Pascal Gauzere (FFR)
Assistant Ref 2: Nic Berry (ARU)
TMO: Glenn Newman (NZR)

Teams

South Africa

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Curwin Bosch, 23 Damian de Allende.

Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Juan Martín Hernández, 23 Matías Moroni

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