Springboks thrash Argentina, wins Rugby Championship

Match Report - Argentina 13 - 46 South Africa | 10 Aug 2019

Argentina vs South Africa - Report - Rugby Championship 2018 - 10 Aug, 2019

The competition has been shortened to one round of matches due to the Rugby World Cup in Japan which starts on September 20.

Santiago Cordero gave Argentina the lead with a second-minute try before Mbongeni Mbonambi went over in the 13th minute for South Africa.

Australia finished second followed by the All Blacks.

Handre Pollard of South Africa scores a try during a rugby Championship match against Argentina's Los Pumas in Salta, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.

Uncapped Western Province hooker Scarra Ntubeni and his teammate Wilco Louw (prop) were called up to the Springbok squad on Monday in Pretoria where they will be based for the week in preparation for their Farewell Test against Argentina on Saturday. "

"We started the Castle Lager Rugby Championship working on executing our plans, and in a way we are happy with our performance but there are still a few things to work on.
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"It's a fantastic feeling", said Duane Vermeulen, who captained the twice world champions. "It's a nice thing for the team and also a good thing for us going into a World Cup".

They were made to pay in the 64th minute when Makazole Mapimpi crossed over in the corner to kill the contest.

The Springboks responded strongly, however, and Mbonambi touched down from a maul following a lineout 13 minutes in, albeit Pollard failed to convert after he had previously found the target with a penalty. Nonetheless, his kicks from the 22 helped South Africa exit quickly - but still a little inconsistent.

Sanchez had fewer opportunities and made the a lot of them, slotting the two penalties to keep the Pumas in touch for most of the half.

Pollard added a fifth penalty straight after half-time, scored his second try in the 53rd minute to stretch SA's advantage and finished the game with 31 points.

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Argentina have struggled for some years in an aspect of the game where they used to be world class and there was no sign of any improvement in Salta.

De Klerk was sin-binned for straying offside, yet Pollard gave ruthless South Africa more breathing space when he was on hand to claim another try following a great run from Franco Mostert.

As the match entered the final quarter, South Africa held a 32-13 lead against opponents who could not translate spells of pressure into points.

Kolisi missed the Springboks' victorious Rugby Championship campaign with a knee injury but played his first game in four months in the Currie Cup for Western Province on Friday.

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