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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Springboks scrape through tough second Test with Argentina in Mendoza

The Springboks stuttered to a 22-17 victory over a much improved Argentina side in Mendoza on Saturday. Last year they drew 16-16, and on this occasion it was the home side that looked ready to take the win, if it were not for two late Morne Steyn penalties.

Argentina, who were crushed 73-13 by the Springboks in Soweto last weekend, bounced back well and started the better of the two teams, scoring within two minutes of kickoff.

They matched up physically and chopped down the big Bok runners, and managed to counter the powerful lineout maul, a weapon the Springboks usually use with success.

Juan Manuel Leguizamon, who was outstanding up front, scored the first try then later centre Marcelo Bosch crossed following some weak tackling. Bjorn Basson scored South Africa's only try, while Morne Steyn kicked five penalties.

"We did not play too well," admitted Springboks skipper Jean de Villiers. "But let us give credit to Argentina for stopping us from imposing control over the game. I was hoping that we could play more expansively.

"The breakdown was a massive fight which both teams contested well, but we must sharpen up in that area before playing in Australia and New Zealand," he added.

In what was a brutally physical match, tempers flared when Francois Louw claimed he was eye gouged, and Eben Etzebeth alerted referee Steve Walsh to bite marks on his arm. An interesting few minutes followed as Walsh said he will get the citing commisioner to look at it, but De Villiers said they'd rather have the benefit of the punishment during the match.

At that moment, the communications with the TMO failed, so there was no further action. Argentina number eight Leonardo Senatore has since been cited, as the citing commissioner deemed the biting incident to have met the red-card threshold for foul play.

The Springboks and All Blacks both have 9 points, but the Boks are top of the Rugby Championship table due to points difference. Argentina have a single point, while the Wallabies have zero.

Better quality highlights and more from this game will be posted soon

Posted by Rugbydump at 9:42 am | View Comments (19)

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finedisregard Top Comment | August 25, 2013 1:03 pm

Eben Etzebeth is the new Bakkies Botha. You got to have at least one out and out goon on any South African side.

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XonMeerKat August 26, 2013 2:03 pm

Got to love the insults SA gets. But whenever I watch NZ, Samoa I see the same, even worse.

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Canadian content August 25, 2013 1:57 pm

I gotta say I find these hilites a lil lacking RD, you usually post pretty decent replays for most of the tries.

In regards to the bite alleged by Bruno, that's a pretty good choke hold he's got on the puma, I might react the same way

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Guy August 25, 2013 2:13 pm

'Better quality highlights and more from this game will be posted soon'.

Totally agree on the rest of your post, looks like he had it coming.

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Computer says no August 26, 2013 10:04 am

The bias here is amazing. I've seen NZ and Oz players choke Saffas in games. Mostly I does look accidental, as it did in this case. Not like EE went directly for a head lock, looks more like it slid up in the wrestle match they had going.

Not once when the fortunes were reversed did I think "it's ok he should retaliate with a bite or a punch". That's ridiculous. The ref should take control, penalize the offense and move on. But those of us that saw this game know the ref was nowhere to be found.

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jaded forward August 25, 2013 4:48 pm

Hah. Of course Etzebeth wanted the bite looked at in the game rather than by a citing commissioner. A citing commissioner might notice him throttling the Argentinian, shoving him while he's on the ground, and then smacking him again (in the back of the head, no less) before running away. I hope Etzebeth gets cited once for the headlock and shoving, and a second time for running whining to the ref like a sniveling child on the playground.

I think Traille might have just found himself a teammate for the All Dirt XV.

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Rukhage August 25, 2013 5:10 pm

For us Argentines it was a let down, and our lack of cohesion showed in the last ten minutes. Basic penalties made us give the game away. Hopefully that's what the training staff will focus on. At least it gives me a little hope that we won't be thrashed in the next games, but then again the Boks don't play fast like the ABs.

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Cheis August 25, 2013 6:54 pm

I don't see why ppl are whining about etzebeth being a dirty player so much.
Choke was just an arm that had slid up in the tackle, not like he was cage-fighting.
And if you bite, you can expect a little shove as far as i'm concerned.

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DrG August 25, 2013 11:49 pm

I'm with you there. Not saying EE is a saint, but there wasn't much in his "choke"...

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DrG August 25, 2013 11:49 pm

Saying that, if you choke, expect a bite. If you bite, expect a shove...

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paimoe August 27, 2013 3:50 pm

and if you shove, expect a punch in the face from Tuilagi

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jimter10 August 26, 2013 7:40 am

Good to hear Saffas taking the moral high ground. Msybe he choked him cos he thought he was a burglar

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Computer says no August 26, 2013 8:54 am

Jimter I've seen forwards from all countries in the choke position while wrestling on the ground. Hell yea it should have been punished by a penalty. And no you can't retaliate by biting the person.

Steve Walsh had zero control of this game. Guys were diving over rucks, going off their feet, players were taken out without the ball on numerous occasions.

It got ugly because of the ref. In the end the Saffers started playing just as dirty because the ref wasn't doing anything about the Arg's dirty play. That's hardly what you want.

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running rugby August 26, 2013 11:00 am

Steve Walsh is inconsistent. He is probably the best of the Australian refs out there and he does have the capacity to ref a good game but doesn't do it consistently enough. He does love to talk though.

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XonMeerKat August 26, 2013 2:06 pm

Poor game. A lot of underhanded stuff and off the ball incidents. The referee seemed disinterested. Hopefully both teams can build from this and produce better games later in the tournament.

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finedisregard August 26, 2013 2:07 pm

Why are there so few "top level" rugby referees? We see the same guys over and over. Refs aren't celebrities, we shouldn't know their names. I don't know of any other sport like this. The best ref is the one you don't notice, and I ALWAYS notice this guy.

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Reality August 26, 2013 6:38 pm

I think it's because they just have so much to do. There are so many rules and ways to break the rules at any one point in time and so many people capable of breaking them that it's very difficult for a human being to actually manage it all. That's one part of the equation anyway. Another is referees being scared of making bad decisions. If we all see something happen we can immediately cry foul we don't have to stick to our guns and face the consequences. If we're wrong then we don't suffer; if a referee is wrong he does - at least in some occasions - suffer, or at least get criticised, so they'll often take the 'safe' option. As well as that, we have a bird's eye view of everything from our comfy chairs which makes it easy to spot things. The referee has to run his backside off and see everything at eye level, so it's a lot more difficult.

And finally, referees don't have to face the music for bad performances as much as they should, so the bad ones aren't weeded out, and without that stick to force them to be better they're probably a bit complacent.

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dave August 27, 2013 4:24 pm

south Africa is a great side but I don't yet believe the hype around them this year, I feel that Australia takes them out despite their scrum weakness

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VisaToArgentina July 30, 2014 2:27 am

This match had everything with both sides acquiring benefit items, while there have been two yellow cards, accidents that are several, and even debate over Dane Coles acquiring the area when he was not called in the established lineup.

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