South Africa grind out win over Argentina

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First half tries by scrum-half Cobus Reinach and wing Aphelele Fassi led much-changed South Africa to a scrappy 32-12 victory over Argentina on their return to the Rugby Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay on Saturday.

The Springboks rested nearly all of the aspect that beat the British & Irish Lions of their latest sequence, however continued with their territorial kicking type of play that put the South People beneath immense stress with the excessive ball.

Alternative scrum-half Jaden Hendrikse scored a late strive on debut and fly-half Elton Jantjies kicked 17 factors for the house aspect, whereas reverse quantity Nicholas Sanchez scored all of the guests’ factors with 4 penalties.

The 2 sides will meet once more on the similar venue subsequent Saturday earlier than they each head off for the Australasian leg of the competitors. The Boks missed the 2020 Rugby Championship on account of issues over participant welfare within the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Boks made 10 changes to their aspect from the final Lions check and whereas they confirmed the identical defensive proficiency, having conceded solely two tries in 5 exams because the 2019 World Cup, there was additionally little cohesion on assault.

Argentina have solely been collectively in South Africa for only a week and confirmed loads of endeavour and willingness to assault, however lacked the sharpness to execute towards the well-organised hosts.

“We labored arduous, but it surely was robust right this moment,” Bok captain Siya Kolisi stated. “This problem was completely different to what we confronted towards the Lions.

“It was a little bit bit extra bodily, Argentina provide you with challenges on the breakdown and are street-smart usually play. It was all about who might execute higher.

“However we’ve been working arduous as a squad and the blokes who got here in gave the whole lot.”

Jantjies landed an early penalty from the Boks’ first assault, earlier than the house aspect bagged a primary strive with a breakaway strive by Reinach towards the run of play.

Argentina tried an elaborate backline transfer within the Bok half, however when the ball was spilled, the scrumhalf confirmed electrical tempo to beat the masking defence.

Jantjies is a really completely different fly-half to the Boks’ common quantity 10 Handre Pollard, however at his finest is a magician with the ball and his good kick behind the Argentina defence to wing Fassi was good and the latter crossed within the nook as the house aspect led 21-9 at halftime.

Each side made quite a few dealing with errors in a scrappy second half however the Boks confirmed higher management, particularly on the set-piece the place they started to dominate Argentina within the scrum.

Fassi crossed for what he thought was a second strive with 10 minutes remaining, but it surely was dominated out after the intervention of the Tv Match Official as alternative hooker Malcolm Marx was adjusted to have made a double motion within the build-up.

The house aspect managed one other although as Hendrikse marked a memorable debut with a rating within the nook because the Boks powered into the Argentina 22.

“It was not the beginning we needed, however we performed towards a terrific group. We weren’t medical in our recreation and so they took benefit, so we have to work more durable subsequent week,” Argentina captain Julian Montoya stated.

“The set-piece, they made nice use of it and so they had been higher than us with the chase [under the high ball]. However bodily we matched them, we had been good there.”

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