Cape Town – South Africa overcame a vastly improved Argentina to secure their first away victory in the Rugby Championship in four years with a 22-17 win in Mendoza on Saturday.
The Springboks scored nine tries in their 73-13 win over the same opposition in Johannesburg last week, but had to rely on five penalties from flyhalf Morne Steyn against a much more physical Pumas.
Argentina led for much of the encounter after tries from flanker Juan Manuel Leguizamon and centre Marcelo Bosch, but Pumas indiscipline in the final 10 minutes allowed South Africa to edge ahead and hold on for victory.
Bjorn Basson scored the visitors only try, with Steyn kicking the rest of his side's points to take them to the top of the four-nation tournament standings on points difference from title holders New Zealand. – Reuters
Argentina: Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino; Gonzalo Camacho, Marcelo Bosch, Felipe Contepomi (capt), Horacio Agulla; Nicolas Sanchez, Martín Landajo; Leonardo Senatore, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Pablo Matera; Mariano Galarza, Julio Farías Cabello; Juan Figallo, Eusebio Guinazu, Marcos Ayerza. Replacements: Agustín Creevy, Nahuel Lobo, Matías Diaz, Tomas Lavaninni, Benjamin Macome, Tomas Cubelli, Santiago Fernandez, Joaquín Tuculet
Coach: Santiago Phelan
South Africa: Willie le Roux; Bjorn Basson, JJ Engelbrecht, Jean de Villiers (capt), Bryan Habana; Morne Steyn, Ruan Pienaar; Duane Vermeulen, Willem Alberts, Francois Louw; Juandre Kruger, Eben Etzebeth; Jannie du Plessis, Adriaan Strauss, Tendai Mtawarira. Replacements: Bismarck du Plessis, Gurthro Steenkamp, Coenie Oosthuizen, Flip van der Merwe, Siya Kolisi, Jano Vermaak, Patrick Lambie, Jan Serfontein
Coach: Heyneke Meyer
Referee: Steve Walsh (AUS)