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Boks overpower Los Pumas with second-half rout

REPORT: South Africa started their World Cup warm-up campaign with an impressive 24-13 win over Argentina at Estadio Jose Amalfitani in Buenos Aires on Saturday.


The Springboks, who outscored Los Pumas by two tries to one, will be very happy with the form of some fringe players in a second half that saw them outscore their hosts 21-3.

Despite the Boks having 60 percent of the possession and territory – and twice being held up over the tryline – it was Los Pumas that held a 10-3 lead at the half-time break.

However, a two-try blitzkrieg – wings by Makazole Mapimpi and Canan Moodie – inside the opening 10 minutes of the second half turned the tide and saw the visitors race clear.

The final scoreline somewhat flatters the home team. with the visitors far more dominant than the 11-point margin.

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Argentina versus South Africa

Martin Bogado, in his first start, got his head on the wrong side of an attempted tackle on Manie Libbok and was taken from the field for a Head Injury Assessment in the second minute.

The Springboks launched a series of powerful forward raids on the Los Pumas line, only for the ball to be held up ingoal. Playing on an advantage, they came back for a penalty – Libbok pushing wide a straightforward kick at goal.


On the 15-minute mark the Boks again got a penalty as reward for their hard work and pressure game. This time Libbok slotted the penalty – 3-0 to the visitors.

Argentina replied with a quick-tap penalty by scrumhalf Gonzalo Bertranou in the 22nd minute. Emiliano Boffelli added the conversion – 7-3 to the hosts.

Next Jean Kleyn was held up over the line, as the Argentinean defence held its own against the hard-charging Springbok forwards. Soon afterwards the Boks received another penalty – Libbok again pushing it wide to the right.

South Africa’s discipline also let them down – with Franco Mostert being yellow carded for tackling an opponent off the ball, moments after Marvin Orie had a penalty reversed for pushing an opponent in the face..


Boffelli kicked the penalty for a 10-3 lead to the home team – which is how it stayed till the half-time break.

The Boks got their second half off to a perfect start – Makazole Mapimpi finishing off a great team try, after some great hands involving both Damian Willemse and Manie Libbok. The flyhalf added the conversion to level the scores up at 10-all.

From the restart the Boks won a penalty, set up a line-out and a perfectly-timed crossfield kick by Libbok found Canan Moodie in space on the right wing for the easiest of tries. Libbok again pushed his kick to the right. However, the Boks were back in the lead – 15-10.

The Boks conceded another silly breakdown penalty, allowing Boffelli to close the gap to 13-15.

Not long afterwards Jasper Wiese won a penalty at the tackle and this time Libbok hooked his attempted shot at goal well wide to the left. Libbok got another shot in the 58th minute, finally landing one – making it 18-13 to the Boks.

The Boks now had their tails up and another penalty saw Libbok aim a shot at goal from almost 50 metres out – stretching the lead to 21-13, That was followed by a scrum penalty to the Boks – Libbok stretching the lead to 11 points, 24-13.

Two minutes from time Evan Roos had a try overturned through obstructive running earlier in the move, but the Boks the proverbial horse had bolted.

Man of the match: Damian Willemse had his moments, Andre Esterhuizen was impressive with the ball in hand and on defence, Manie Libbok ran the show very well, Deon Fourie was impressive at times, Jean Kleyn worked hard, Bongi Mbonambi had an impressive first outing as Bok skipper, while Vincent Koch, Jean-Luc du Preez and Jesse Kriel put their hands up as second-half replacements. Our award goes to Springbok wing Canan Moodie, who ensured the Bok selectors can’t ignore him when they select the World Cup squad – making well over 100 metres with his carries, making all his tackles and scoring a crucial try.

The scorers

For Argentina
Try: Bertranou
Con: Boffelli
Pens: Boffelli 2

For South Africa
Tries: Mapimpi, Moodie
Con: Libbok
Pens: Libbok 4

Yellow card: Franco Mostert (South Africa, 36 – foul play, tackling an opponent off the ball)


Argentina: 15 Martin Bogado, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Lucio Cinti, 12 Santiago Chocobares, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 7 Santiago Grondona, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Pedro Rubiolo, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Thomas Gallo.
Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Joel Sclavi, 18 Eduardo Bello, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Lautaro Bazan Velez, 22 Tomas Albornoz, 23 Matias Moroni.

South Africa: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Bongi Mbonambi (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Joseph Dweba, 17 Gerhard Steenekamp, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Evan Roos, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel, 23 Kurt-Lee Arendse.

Referee: Nika Amashukeli (Georgia)
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland), Chris Busby (Ireland)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)


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