Rugby Championship News

Springboks second half blows Pumas away





South Africa comfortably beat the Argentinean Pumas at the Coca-Cola Park (formerly Ellis Park) on Saturday as they ran in nine tries to nil winning the match 63 -9.
South Africa led Argentina at half time after they scored two quick tries within minutes of each other.
For the Pumas Felipe Contepomi kicked three penalties and missed one – all in the first hall.
It took South Africa more than thirty minutes to get on the scoreboard but by the 35th minute they had scored two converted tries to lead 14-9 at the break.
In the second half the Springboks really opened up the floodgates almost from the whistle.
Pierre Spies scored the first of several tries by the Springboks which gave the home team the biggest margin of victory in history between the two teams.
The Pumas came close to scoring a try early on in the second half  but the TV ref spotted a foot in touch which ruled the try out.
In the same move Springbok Jaque Fourie who had just come on to the field picked up an injury was forced from the field instantly.
Argentina had another chance to score a try with a few minutes to go but the ball was lost in the process of crossing the line.
Both JP Pietersen and Joe van Niekerk scored two tries each in the second half.
Springbok centre Adi Jacobs won man of the match.
Next Saturday the Springboks play the All Blacks in Cape Town in a Tri Nations match.
Final score South Africa 63 Argentina 9
South Africa
Tries – Jacobs, Nokwe, Spies, Pietersen 2 , du Preez, van Niekerk 2, du Plessis
Pen –
Con – James 9
Tries –
Pen – Contepomi 3
Con –

South Africa (15-1) Conrad Jantjes; JP Pietersen, Adrian Jacobs, Jean de Villiers, Jongi Nokwe; Butch James, Ricky Januarie; Pierre Spies, Juan Smith, Luke Watson; Victor Matfield (capt), Bakkies Botha; CJ van der Linde, Bismarck du Plessis, Tendai Mtawarira.

Replacements: Adriaan Strauss, Brian Mujati, Andries Bekker, Joe van Niekerk, Fourie du Preez, Jaque Fourie, Percy Montgomery.

Argentina (15-1) Bernardo Stortoni; Jose Maria Nunez Piossek, Federico Martin Aramburu, Miguel Avramovic, Horacio Agulla; Felipe Contepomi (capt), Nicolas Vergallo; Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Juan Fernandez Lobbe, Martin Durand; Patricio Albacete, Rimas Alvarez; Pedro Ledesma, Mario Ledesma, Rodrigo Roncero.

Replacements: Alberto Vernet Basualdo, Marcos Ayerza, Esteban Lozada, Alvaro Galindo, Alfredo Lalanne, Benjamin Urdapilleta, Rafael Carballo
Referee: Wayne Barnes (ENG)

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