South Africa v Argentina - Springboks player ratings

11 Août, 2019, 09:54 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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Flyhalf Pollard scored two of South Africa's five tries, five penalties and three conversions for 31 points - his best career haul - to help the Springboks to a fourth southern hemisphere title.

Handre Pollard played a starring role as South Africa claimed the 2019 Rugby Championship with a 46-13 win away to Argentina.

South Africa 46 (Handre Pollard 2, Bongi Mbonambi, Makazole Mapimpi, Cheslin Kolbe tries; Pollard 3 con, 5 pen) Argentina 13 (Santiago Cordero try; Nicolas Sanchez con, 2 pen).

The Springboks top the table a point ahead of New Zealand, who face Australia in Perth, and De la Fuente suggested the expectation of a rare title triumph could be their downfall.

New Zealand had won the past three championships and six of the previous seven.

"It's a fantastic feeling", said Duane Vermeulen, who captained the twice world champions. "It's a nice thing for the team and also a good thing for us going into a World Cup".

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They struggled at first to use the ball effectively in outside channels, but that changed in the second half as they played with more confidence and combination while Argentina visibly exhausted. "It's one step up, still, a lot of work to be done but yah, it's a good feeling".

An early try from Mbonambi, who was driven over the Pumas line by the Springbok maul and Pollard's first with a break into space under the posts, gave South Africa a 24-13 halftime lead.

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

Pollard kicked an early second half penalty and then scored his second try even though the Springboks were temporarily down to 14 men with Faf de Klerk sin-binned.

"When you think so much about that and the result isn't going your way, you start to ask yourselves questions out there", says Argentina centre Jeronimo de la Fuente about the Springboks. The scrum is something that needs work.

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