South Africa beat Argentina to win first ever Rugby Championship

Match Report - Argentina 13 - 46 South Africa | 10 Aug 2019

The match against Argentina, who the Boks beat 46-13 in Salta on Saturday to win the southern hemisphere title, will be the last before Erasmus names his 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan starting next month.

'They train hard, they play hard and they want to win games and for all the work we do off the field it comes down to a Handre Pollard against a Richie Mo'unga or a Duane Vermeulen against a Kieran Read, and the players have taken that on'.

Vermeulen added that while the Boks will enjoy their first silverware since John Smit's team won the then Tri-Nations in 2009, they are aware that plenty of work remains ahead of them before they tackle the All Blacks next month.

Mbongeni Mbonambi also touched down after Santiago Cordero opened the scoring with an early try, which proved to be a false dawn for the Pumas.

This year's tournament was abridged to three matches per team because of the World Cup in Japan starting on September 20.

"It's a great feeling for us to walk away with the title, but in the end we must see it as a stepping stone for us going into the World Cup", he said.

"We started the Rugby Championship working on executing our plans and in a way we are happy with our performance but there are still a few things to work on", he said.

Pollard reduced the deficit off a ninth-minute penalty and the visitors went in front soon after when Bongi Mbonambi scored off a rolling maul after a lineout.

The opening half then became a goal-kicking battle between playmakers Pollard and Sanchez with the South Africa kicking three penalties and converting his try in the final minute of the half.

After Pollard scored his second try in the 53rd minute, outstanding handling and passing produced tries by wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe.

But the Pollard try and conversion gave South Africa a 24-13 half-time advantage after a half in which the major difference between the teams was the scrums.

South African player Handre Pollard scores a try during the Rugby Championship match between Argentina and South Africa at Padre Martearena Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Salta, Argentina.

De Klerk was sin-binned for straying offside, yet Pollard gave ruthless South Africa more breathing space when he was on hand to claim another try following a great run from Franco Mostert.

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