The Springboks left things very late in Nelspruit but emerged unconvincing victors 30-23 but might find this turned around when they head to Argentina to face the Pumas.
Converted tries in the 71st and 79th minutes captured the win for the South Africans who had been trailing by 10 points with 10 minutes remaining
The Pumas were left devastated as the chance to win in South Africa in back to back years slipped through their grasp in their opening game of the 2016 Rugby Championship.
Argentina made just 70% of their tackles and the Springboks didn’t fare much better at 79% while the sides combined for 32 turnovers, neither side however could capitalise much on the others weakness.
The Pumas did more with the ball in hand with 452 running metres to the Springboks 295, as well as outdoing them in line breaks and offloads, but could muster up just two tries while their opponents couldn’t cross the line from the 7th minute until the 71st, if either team can find a solution to that lack of spark, things will take a quick turn for the positive.
The Pumas have yet to taste much Rugby Championship success, nor was the debut of the Jaguares in Super Rugby very joyous. However, they have shown themselves to be resilient, and the taste of coming so close last week will only spur them on further.
Last year after a strong win in South Africa, they couldn’t treat their home fans to the same entertainment, something that they will be desperate to do. Don’t expect many fireworks, but I do expect a gutsy, scrappy Pumas win here.