Saturday 21 July 2018

South Africa gain away victory over Argentina

Argentina 12-26 South Africa

South Africa's Lwazi Mvovo passes the ball as he is tackled by Argentina's Matias Moron
South Africa's Lwazi Mvovo passes the ball as he is tackled by Argentina's Matias Moron Newsdesk Newsdesk

South Africa gained revenge for last weekend's Rugby Championship defeat in Durban with victory over Argentina in Buenos Aires.

The two-time World Cup winners lost 37-25 at Kings Park last Saturday to finish bottom of the SANZAR pile, but made amends seven days later as wings Bryan Habana and Lwazi Mvovo scored tries and Patrick Lambie kicked 16 points in a solid victory at Jose Amalfitani Stadium.

South Africa led 6-3 after an underwhelming opening quarter with Lambie kicking a couple of penalties and Nicolas Sanchez responding for Argentina with a three-point effort of his own. South Africa settled into the match and after a sustained spell camped on Argentina's try line, Habana profited from scrum-half Ruan Pienaar's cut-out pass to dot down in the corner for the game's opening try. Lambie added the extras from the touchline to extend their lead to 13-3.

Some fine handling across South Africa's backline enabled Mvovo to score South Africa's second try almost immediately from the restart and Lambie added the extras. But Sanchez reduced the deficit with his second and third penalties of the match to narrow South Africa's lead to 20-9 at the half-time interval. Lambie extended South Africa's lead two minutes after the restart with a drop goal and, after Sanchez landed a fourth and final penalty for the Pumas, he kicked a third penalty of his own to complete the scoring.

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