Boks bounce back for hard-fought win over Pumas

Argentina 23 South Africa 34

A late try by Juan Smith sealed the victory but fullback Percy Montgomery contributed 18 points to see his side home in sunny conditions and in front of a near-capacity crowd.

The Pumas shocked the Boks when they took an early lead, but their discipline declined in the second half and Jake White’s men took control.

ARGENTINA: Martin Hernandez, Borges, Aramburu, M. Contepomi, Leonelli, F. Contepomi, Pichot, Roncero, Ledesma, Hasan, Fernandez Lobbe, Bouza, Manuel Leguizamon, M. Durand, Longo Elia.

Replacements: Scelzo for Hasan (79), Carizza for Bouza (68), Schusterman for Manuel Leguizamon (75).

SOUTH AFRICA: Montgomery, Jantjes, Fourie, de Villiers, Habana, Pretorius, Conradie, du Randt, Smit, van der Linde, B. Botha, Matfield, Tyibilika, Smith, Cronje.

Replacements: Claassens for Conradie (74), Andrews for du Randt (80), Shimange for Smit (80), van den Berg for B. Botha (66), Burger for Tyibilika (40).

Ref: T Spreadbury (England).

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