The Springboks thumped Argentina by a record scoreline of 63-9 at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday afternoon. The home team ran in nine tries against a below par Pumas outfit, but will need to cut out the errors when they meet New Zealand next weekend.
Peter de Villiers’ men started slowly in the face of some passionate and physical play by the visitors. The Boks falling 9-0 behind after 24 minutes with Felipe Contepomi kicking three penalties as the Springboks struggled to get to grips with the direct Puma approach.
The Springboks were guilty of over-elaboration inside this first half with lateral running and 50-50 passes being punished by some crunching defence and superior physicality at ruck time by the Pumas.
The game changed on the half-hour mark when a overcooked pass from Ricky Januarie fell kindly to Jean de Villiers who cut through the Pumas backline before feeding Adi Jacobs for the first try of the game.
Minutes later Jongi Nokwe crossed for a try on his debut with some quick feet and intelligent running helping the winger ghost through to score.
From nowhere the Springboks took a 14-9 lead into the break.
The Springboks started the second half as they’d finished the first as the slick passes and attacking play finally started to pay dividends. Luke Watson and JP Pietersen combined deep inside the Springbok half following a Mtawarira turnover and the winger chipped ahead for a rampaging Pierre Spies who gathered well before crashing over the line.
From there on in it was all South Africa with JP Pietersen and Fourie du Preez rounding off attacking moves with some slick finishing.
The rout continued during the last 20 minutes with Joe van Niekerk grabbing a brace in his 50th Test after coming off the bench. Bismarck du Plessis got himself in on the action before JP Pietersen grabbed his second to push the scoreline out to 63-9.
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