South Africa claimed their first major title in a decade after beating Argentina 46-13 to clinch the Rugby Championship in Salta on Saturday.

The Springboks powered away after a tight opening with Handre Pollard completing a personal haul of 31 points.

The result ensured South Africa finished top of the table above Australia, whobeat world champions New Zealand earlier in the day.

Argentina started well with an early try from Santiago Cordero but Springboks hooker Bongi Mbonambi powered over to put the visitors ahead.

The lead continued to change hands as Nicolas Sanchez and Pollard traded penalties but the latter then touched down to give South Africa a 24-13 lead at the interval.

Pollard crossed again after the break as South Africa, despite the sin-binning of Faf De Klerk, upped the tempo. Further tries from Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe added gloss to the scoreline.