Rugby Championship update : Rassie Erasmus’ fairy tale crumbles as All Blacks go 5 points ahead
South Africa's Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus gestures during the Rugby Championship 2018 test match against Argentina, at Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza, some 1050 km west of Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 25, 2018. (Photo by Andres Larrovere / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDRES LARROVERE/AFP/Getty Images)

Rugby Championship update : Rassie Erasmus’ fairy tale crumbles as All Blacks go 5 points ahead

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

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