The fairy tale; Rassie Erasmus era hit its first stumble this past weekend when the stubborn Pumas put South Africa to the sword. The Springboks looked short of ideas on how to hit back despite an attempt to regain control of the game.
A Nicholas Sanchez inspired performance propelled Argentina to its first win in this year’s Rugby championship, the underrated fly half contributed 17 points which included a try, three conversions, a penalty and a drop goal as Los Pumas claimed their third ever win over the Springboks.
The Springboks were caught on the back foot in a case of being overly confident and by the time they actually tried to recover, the will among the Argentina side was in a soaring invincible state.
South Africa eventually lost 19-32 to the Pumas to create a 5 point gap between them and table toppers – New Zealand who humbled neighbours Australia yet again by claiming a 40-12 victory over the Wallabies. The teams go into a resting period before they resume on the 8th of September 2018 with South Africa travelling to Australia as the All Blacks host Argentina.
Top stats from Argentina against the Springbok
Argentina South Africa
Tries : 4 3
Conversions 3 2
Penalties 1 0
Metres 380 630
Defenders Beaten 27 26
Clean Breaks 7 14
Carries 34 74
Passes 91 175
Offloads 4 23