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Argentina denied at death by Boks

Updated: Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 22:50 | Comments

Argentina were just minutes away from their first Rugby Championship victory
Argentina were just minutes away from their first Rugby Championship victory

Argentina 31-33 South Africa

South Africa preserved their unbeaten record against Argentina as they turned a 12-point deficit into a 33-31 victory in the last 20 minutes of a Rugby Championship encounter.

Argentina looked on course for a first-ever win in the annual four-nation southern hemisphere competition after two quick tries and a penalty after the interval put them 28-16 up at the Padre Ernesto Martearena Stadium.

South Africa, though, bounced back to hand the Pumas a narrow defeat.

Both sides scored three tries as Argentina's forwards ensured almost total domination for their team in the first hour before South Africa's superior fitness helped them claw their way back.   

Scorers:
Argentina - Tries:
Manuel Montero, Tomas Cubelli, Joaquin Tuculet; Conversions: Nicolas Sanchez (2); Penalties: Sanchez (2), Marcello Bosch; Drop goal: Juan Martin Hernandez.

South Africa - Tries: Bryan Habana, Cornell Hendricks, Marcell Coetzee; Conversions: Handre Pollard, Morne Steyn (2); Penalties: Pollard (3), Steyn   

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