Springboks Earn Redemption Beating Los Pumas

South Africa earned redemption as it beat Argentina 26-12 in its last Test before the Rugby World Cup, in Buenos Aires on Saturday night.  Following their first-ever win over the Springboks last week, Daniel Hourcade’s team was out to prove it was no fluke and that they have became a force to be reckoned with.  On the other hand, the men in green, or white on this occasion sporting their away kit, were determined to to avenge their loss in Durban.

Pat Lambie’s two penalties versus the one three-pointer by Nicolas Sanchez handed the South Africans a 6-3 lead after 17 minutes.  Bryan Habana scored the first try of the match in the 26th minute and Lwazi Mvovo added a second just three minutes with Lambie converting both to give Heyneke Meyer’s men a comprehensive 20-3 lead.  Sanchez kept his side in the game with two well-struck penalties to make it 20-9 before the hooter sounded.

Two minutes into the second half, Lambie continued with his heroics.  This time landing a clinical drop-goal.  Los Pumas tried clawing their way back into the match through another Sanchez penalty, but 24-year old Lambie ensured the visitors retained the 14-point advantage with one of his own on 55 minutes.

Things worsened for the hosts in the 62nd minute when Tomas Lavanini was sin-binned for going into the ruck with no arms.  Despite being a man down, the home side managed to keep the South Africans at bay for the remainder of the match.  In the end, Meyer’s men secured the 26-12 win to silence their critics for the timebeing.
The two-time world champions will know they have run out of time in terms of World Cup preparation and when they next take to the field it will be in England, against Japan, where they begin the quest for the Webb Ellis Cup.