Two by wing Sibusiso Nkosi helped South Africa record a hard-earned 24-18 win over Argentina in Pretoria on Saturday – maintaining the Springboks’ unbeaten run in 2019.
It was a scrappy win by a scratch Bok team, but it was mission accomplished in front of 29,383 spectators – by a team that won the Rugby Championship a week ago and will go into the World Cup on a high.
Nkosi scored just on the half-hour mark and again in the 50th minute. Flyhalf Elton Jantjies added the rest of the points with the boot – a conversion and four penalties.
Guido Petti Pagadizaval and Pablo Matera scored tries for Los Pumas, with Joaquin Diaz Bonilla kicking a conversion and a penalty, while replacement Benjamin Urdapilleta kicked the other penalty for the Argentineans.
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For South Africa:
Tries: Nkosi 2
Pens: Jantjies 4
Tries: Petti, Matera
Pens: Bonilla, Urdapilleta
South Africa: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Marcell Coetzee, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Schalk Brits (captain), 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Albertus Smith, 22 Francois de Klerk, 23 Frans Steyn.
Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Sebastián Cancelliere, 13 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 12 Lucas Mensa, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Mayco Vivas.
Replacements: 16 Agustín Creevy, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Tomás Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Santiago Carreras.
Referee: Luke Pearce (England)
Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (Ireland), Pierre Brousset (France)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)
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