The Springboks were made to work hard ahead of a 36-20 victory against the spirited Argrentina in the Rugby Championship Test in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
Despite providing a dominant performance in the first half, the Boks came off the streak after the break and allowed Puma to get back into the game before late attempts from Damian de Allende and Malcolm Marx secured them a score and an important bonus point.
Marks scored another attempt for the visitors in the first half and their other points came via five pointers from Jaden Hendricks, a diversion and a penalty kick from Damien Willemsey, two diversions from France Stein as well as a penalty attempt.
for ArgentinaMatthias Moroni crossed the white ball and also got a penalty, while Emiliano Bovelli scored a few penalties and a conversion.
The opening exchanges were virtuous with the two sides feeling each other before Argentina took an early lead with a long-range penalty from Bovelli in the ninth minute.
The box He quickly camped inside Pumas’ half and equalized two minutes later from a Willemsee penalty kick, after the hosts violated the defence.
The visitors were slowly gaining ground and halfway through they had Pumas on the back foot as they set up several stages in the 22nd. He gathered and went but failed to hit the ball after a desperate intervention from Santiago Carreras.
However, after examining televised replays, referee James Dolman ruled that Carreras saved Hendrix from an offside position and awarded the Boks a penalty, while half of the Pumas fly was also sent into the sin box for his indiscretion.
South Africa made full use of their numerical advantage and, despite another Buffelli penalty, scored two quick-shooting attempts during Carreras’ tenure on the sidelines. First, Hendrixi slipped through a hole deep into Argentina territory after Marks did well in the crowd with a solid carry. Half an hour later, Bok hooker got his name on the scoreboard when he fell on his back en route inside Argentina’s #22 team.
Shortly before the end of the first half, the hosts were reduced to 14 players again when Gonzalo Bertrano received a yellow card for repeated violations by his team when he was caught offside while in defence.
South Africa put the resulting penalty kick on close contact with Argentina’s bid line, but although Lud de Jager overtook the castling, his effort soon took Franco Mostert ahead of the match. Despite this, South Africa were on their high when they entered the pits in the first half as they took a well deserved 22-6 lead.
The Pumas came out shooting after the interval, but despite the improved performance, they still made a lot of non-force errors. However, the Boks were also guilty of that, especially in defence, and in the 60th minute Willy Le Roux received a yellow card when he was caught offside 22nd deep.
Bomas spent most of the next 10 minutes camping inside the Boks and they were also rewarded with a penalty attempt after Quaja Smith blocked Thomas Kobele from scoring with a high shot. Smith was also ordered to walk because of his offense, which meant that South Africa played with 13 men for a while. During that time, Moroni crossed on his second attempt after Marcus Kramer’s great work in preparation.
Boveli made the additions meaning South Africa narrowly edged 22-20, but they maintained their composure as De Allende struck twice before making his fourth attempt in the 75th minute. They still needed another five-pointer to snatch the bonus point and that came in the moments The last one was when Marks hit an inside pass from Makazul Mapembe before crashing into the left corner.