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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Springboks thrash Argentina in Johannesburg

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.

PLEASE NOTE: This video has been removed by Mediazone, who own the rights to the footage and no longer allow us to use it. Apologies from our side.

Time: 09:34
Article: Thanks to the guys at SARugby.com



  • Been waiting for this. Thanks RD.

    Exciting second half. I loved the attacking attitude. Some great tries, I really enjoyed JP's first one though.. where he used his pace to beat two defenders. Great wingers try.

    Full strength Bok team vs AB's next weekend will be hard to beat in SA... hopefully. ;)

    By Anonymous Benson, at August 10, 2008 4:30 pm  

  • im english and i personally think that south africa have secured there no 1 slot after that win. Victor matfield said a while back that even though they had won the world cup people still said the all blacks were no 1 and that was something they had to change which i think they did. Was that a first choice pumas side because that proves that they shouldn't be in the tri nations if that is their first choice side. What was with the pumas full back he could have stopped at least three tries that i can think of off the top of my head an incredibly poor defensive performance from him

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 10, 2008 5:39 pm  

  • Without knowing the lineups, I can say that it's very possible the Pumas were missing a lot of first-choice players. Most of their players play in the European leagues, and with those kicking off very soon and pre-season training and friendlies already on, it's likely many of the teams would be reluctant to lose their good Argentine players for a one-off test that is not part of any international competition.

    Compare that to the Springboks, for whom the Super 14 is over. Yes, the Currie Cup is on, but so is the Tri-Nations, which means all their best players are ready for Springbok callups, and all the teams are ready to allow it.

    As for the clip itself, the Springboks certainly ran riot but the Pumas had some very poor defensive play. Though for the most part their one-on-one tackling was not bad (except in some cases such as Pietersen's first try), their defensive organization needed a lot of work. Frequently the Springboks just outplayed them on attack, creating overlaps and exploiting gaps in the defence that the Pumas didn't react to fast enough. Well played by the Boks, but I'd rather have seen the Pumas put up a better fight. They really seem to be a very inconsistent team.

    By Anonymous The other Felix, at August 10, 2008 6:25 pm  

  • I'm no Pumas team expert, but from what I could tell, compared to the World Cup side, the biggest name stars they were missing were Hernandez and Corletto. Compare that to Burger and Habana missing from the Boks, as well as other experimental starters, then in theory you have a fairly even match. ie: not a first choice SA side.

    You may not agree, but the point is that a lot of the European clubs did actually release their top players. Only one of the members of the Argentinian team plays his rugby in their country actually. So all in all, a poor performance bar the first thirty.

    Impressive from the Springboks, but the injury to Fourie is what annoyed me. The test was a pointless one in my opinion, especially as it was firstly in the middle of the Tri Nations, and secondly in between seasons for the Pumas.

    Some great tries and running by the Boks though, who don't normally put big scores on weaker sides.

    Bring on Cape Town. :)

    By Anonymous Shaft, at August 10, 2008 7:21 pm  

  • I'm from Argentina, and i tell you... after the 1st 30 minutes, it was all Springboks.. Yes, we were missing a couple of important players.. But still, that is far from an excuse.

    By Anonymous Eric, at August 10, 2008 8:45 pm  

  • This is what worries me if we let Argentina into the Tri-Nations.

    Argentina made far to many mistakes. Horrible line-outs, shocking deference, bad counter-attacking which turned into Tries for SA.

    Poor effort.

    By Anonymous V99, at August 11, 2008 12:02 am  

  • I'm starting to love Bekker more and more and more. Spies too, 2 fantastic players that are fascinating to watch.

    By Anonymous Dudley, at August 11, 2008 12:41 am  

  • Argentinian players have started pre-season training in mid July. Boks are in full season and they win in the 2nd half indeed

    By Anonymous GS, at August 11, 2008 12:44 am  

  • JP Pieterson looks like he had a massive influence on this game; he's got that chip and chase down to a tee.

    By Anonymous Disco, at August 11, 2008 1:16 am  

  • What can you say...
    Argentina got housed.
    Even the scrummages were poor.

    I expected the scrums to be fairly neutral; I never expected the Bok to run roughshod.

    Back to square one for Tati Phelan

    Tough break for Pedro Ledesma and Fourie. Two guys taking the pitch in their own special ways (one with his father seeing him and his brother together for the first time, the other back from an injury).

    By Blogger Cheyanquí, at August 11, 2008 3:07 am  

  • Not a full strength Argentine side at all especially out back where they were drilled by a Bok backline who were on fire after a shakey first 30mins...

    Absolutley awesome to have Fourie DuPreez back for us. From the moment he first touched the ball you can just tell how he is a class above Ricky Januarie.

    Butch James was back to his best with solid defense and a running game...none of these pathetic grubber kicks and 50\50 chip kicks he has been wasting posession with of late.

    I'm not a huge fan of PdV as a tactician but his style of rugby was all over that win on Sat and I must salute him for being able to change our style of play so quickly into a more enjoyable running mindset...however...

    It is almost as though he doesn't do any rucking drills at all and we are getting smashed at the breakdown which is not good...

    If he can fix this problem area...the 3N trophy will be sitting pretty in the Bok trophe cabinet come the End of September without doubt.

    By Blogger durrie, at August 11, 2008 2:44 pm  

  • First of all, it was really obvius that this match was going to be very unfair: Most argentinean players were in the British pre-season, so there were without much training, South Africa was in the middle of the Tri Nations. Many argentineans were injuried (especially fly-halves, it's a curse!), the new South African players were extremely good and they had an excellent physical state. Altough, the Pumas did their best with a second-choice team, they never give up and during the first 30 minutes the Pumas played a great match.
    PS: Did you see the number 8? (was that Spies?) He's FUCKING HUGE, and the other second row too, he is taller than Matfield. Both fast runners

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 11, 2008 5:02 pm  

  • Lol @ the commentator doing his 9 times table near the end. He sounds like a cool guy tho.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 11, 2008 5:55 pm  

  • To be fair with Argentina, most of their players are in pre-season, South Africa is in the middle of their full season and tournament. Matchfitness is essential and what a fully fit Argentinan team is capable of, we saw at the last RWC, and perhaps the first 30 minutes.

    Aother point is, that this game was played under the full ELVs, where at first of August just a couple of the ELVs will be introduced with the new season worldwide.

    By Anonymous Jochen, at August 11, 2008 11:18 pm  

  • "What was with the pumas full back he could have stopped at least three tries that i can think of off the top of my head an incredibly poor defensive performance from him"
    i am agree with the inglish.i am argentain and the fullback"stortoni" is the worst player of the world , he palys because the coach pohelan played in the same time in argentina
    JP Petersen is Agulla´s son
    Juan Fernandez Lobbe is the best flanker of the world

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 12, 2008 12:26 am  

  • BOKKE!!! we are proving that that webb ellis trophy was definitely ours. so happy - just what the country needs, people dont understand the shit that goes on in SA, and how much sport means to us!! my blood is green

    By Anonymous BwG, at August 12, 2008 2:45 pm  

  • This is the truth:

    No matter who was missing for each team (although argentina misses more their key players), the fact is that argentina had off season players while SA had their players at top training/playing form. Besides that, they played at home, and they are better , not 50 points better, but they are superior. Argentina should have never palyed this match as Sa would have never accepted playing in Argentina with their players and team without training. It was suicidal for Pumas.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 12, 2008 5:07 pm  

  • benson i luv u im guessing ur south african but it doesnt matter coz ur relii fit

    from jimi and benji

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at August 12, 2008 5:34 pm  

  • "And Wayne Barnes will be blowing this game today..."

    I'm sure Kiwi's would have got a kick out of that.
    As far the the player debate goes, bottom line, midseason will always kill preseason, but lets not forget that the Boks have to get players released from European clubs too (i.e. Matfield, James and Smit who happened to be injured)

    By Blogger Jeremiah, at August 14, 2008 7:36 pm  

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