Saturday, August 21, saw the Springboks line up against Argentina in their second Rugby Championship Test at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium to secure a 29-10 victory!
Our green and gold heroes kicked off their campaign with a stunning 32-12 win over the Argentinians last Saturday but expected a more competitive performance from the Pumas this week.
However, Argentina’s ill-discipline set them back from bringing the big guns.
At first, the Boks suffered a blow as Trevor Nyakane had to leave the field and was replaced with Steven Kitshoff. Yet at half time, the Springboks took a 15-3 lead into the break over the Pumas.
Makazole Mapimpi scored his 16th try in 18 Tests as the Boks finally got a 5-pointer at the 46th minute.
At 53 minutes, the result was 29 to the Boks while the Pumas retained 3 points.
At the 72nd minute, Jaden Hendrikse left the field on the stretcher.
At full-time, it was a a 29-10 victory for the Boks against the Pumas. No Bonus-point for the Boks, but they get the win.
He obviously can’t continue, it’s mad that the Springboks can’t replace Jaden Hendrikse and must play the remainder of the match with 14 men. #RSAvARG #ARGvRSA #RugbyChampionship pic.twitter.com/r9aA8XwUfm
— Jared Wright (@jaredwright17) August 21, 2021
Before their stellar performance, Springbok captain Siya Kolisi said that even though they would love to win the competition, they would focus on taking it one step at a time.
“We want to win every game and every competition we participate in,” said Kolisi.
“The same effort and process goes into each match we play regardless of who the opposition is. So, the end goal is always to win, but we will approach the competition one game at a time.
“We’ve made many sacrifices with some of the players not seeing their families, and obviously winning everything would be amazing, but it is a tough road to get to the top and an even harder staying there.”
This comes after their triumphant series win over the British & Irish Lions.