The Springboks dominate the first half, risking psychological drama in the second, and despite their numerical inferiority, they set the record straight in the last five minutes.
South Africa is still around, and the rugby tournament will take place on the last day. The Nynaber team beat the champion Argentina for 36-20, after dominating the first half and a second part of intense suffering, after 13 Liros with two yellow cards in Le Roux and Smith. At 20-22 it all looked like it was under discussion, but in the final, with one man less, De Allende’s goal closed the match, and when the time was up, Marx made the passive even heavier than Pumas deserved.
History of Argentina and South Africa
Argentina challenge South Africa on foot, with Gonzalo Bertrano kicking off the base and de la Fuente Carreras assisting in tactical play. The first few minutes are a study, and so Mostert’s creativity gives Bovelli the opportunity to advance from the middle of the field. The Argentine, as always, is a sniper and the first to move the board.
The Springboks’ response is entrusted to Willems and de Allende, who often attack the line and put the Argentine defense in difficulty, and are forced to foul twice, at 12 and 15 minutes: the first time, the South African scored 10 kicks. out of the draw, but then misses the opportunity to overtake. At 19′ Boffelli is also at fault, who from a very long distance does not find the right angle.
At 20, the first real chance of the match arrives: Canan Moodie lights up and burns Bertranou, he is saved one meter from the goal line but Hendrikse who collects the ball from the base arrives at the observation, and Santiago Carreras catches him high. However, the Argentine’s opening was offside, and the rescue cost him a yellow card and a free kick attempt.
Another silly foul, this time by Itzibeth who got his hands on the ball as it continued to form, allowed Boveli to close the 6-10 gap. The South African second streak was allowed soon after, pressing the next goal kick and receiving a massive free kick. We go to the line at 5m and Pumas is saved twice due to a mistake: On the third attempt, Argentina defends the knockout well, and regularly, but after a series of counts to the defensive line – with a lower man – he weakens and Hendrix finds the pass to go and crush in mid poles.
Argentina failed to maintain the right level of discipline, allowing South Africa to once again unleash their best weapon: at 32′ from a touch at 5 metres, a crushing attack emerges from the Springboks, with Malcom Marx finishing in the third half: 6-22.
Pumas are pinned into the organized melee, where Tetaz puts Chaparro Malherbe in trouble and allows his team to return to the attack with a penalty kick. Montoya chooses “smart,” yet Kitshoff reads it perfectly and the work fades. Only the South African left-wing prop makes Bellow lose support in the next scrum, and makes his scrum package retaliate.
In the first-half final, another fire comes from the Springboks, who call their scrum 5 meters from the opponent’s goal line: a brave decision, but it pays off, because in the next several stages Argentina are still forced to make a mistake. Bertrano pays everyone and goes out for 10 minutes. De Jager’s subsequent attempt forward is canceled by Mostert, and moves into the interval at 6-22.
Recovery begins with the name of the broken game. Matera intercepts and with a pentagon trying to send Carreras into goal, Colse stops him. Pumas holds possession but on the flip side, it’s De Allende who finds another objection: the middle doesn’t have the legs to go all the way through, and Mapimpi finds for a boost that would have sent him unobtrusively on goal but just misses. Passage, pardon Argentina.
The Pumas try to stay in touch with the game and fight ferociously at the rendezvous point, while relying in attack on the speed and skill of their backs: line breaks, dumping and plenty of intensity, and for the first time South Africa seems to suffer, succumb to indiscipline and in playtime, Le Roux is booked for Total team errors.
Argentina tries all of them, and in the 65th minute Cobelli collects the ball from the advancing goalkeeper and attacks in the first person, jumps on De Klerk and blocks Smith in the neck one step from the goal line: the technical goal arrives, leading to the yellow card for South Africa’s third line: 13 -22 with a quarter of an hour left. At 15 vs. 13, Pumas have the game in hand: a superb Kremer cross for Moroni’s trajectory who resists recovering three opponents and flies into the middle of the posts, despite Mapimpi trying everything to stop him: 11 minutes from the end is 20-22.
Le Roux is back after a yellow card, and at 14 South Africa he appears to be finding some stability. We’re based on the basics: France Stein’s foot, the hits and the high positions. Decisive is the usual De Allende, who finished in the 75th minute a game that was going very poorly for the Springboks. With time running out, Malcom Marx’s second signature has also arrived, author of a deluxe match: the bitch controls the tricky Mapimpi ball and flies to the flag in the final 36-20. An essential goal, as it allows South Africa to get the bonus point and get the All Blacks team to the top of the standings.
Argentina15 Juan Cruz Malia, 14 Emiliano Bovelli, 13 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 12 Matthias Orlando, 11 Lucio Centi, 10 James Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertrano, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Cramer, 6 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 5 Thomas Lavanini, Matthias German, 3 Edward Bellow, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetas Chaparro.
At the disposal of: 16 Augustin Crevi, 17 Thomas Gallo, 18 Joel Sclavey, 19 Guido Petit, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Thomas Copelle, 22 Benjamin Urdabilita, 23 Matthias Moroni.
Goals: Technical goal 66′, Moroni 68′.
Transformations: Boffelli 68
Free kicks: Boffelli 9′, 24
South Africa15 Willie Le Roux, 14 Canan Moody, 13 Jesse Creel, 12 Damien de Allende, 11 Makazul Mapembe, 10 Damien Willemsey, 9 Jaden Hendrix, 8 Jasper Fizzi, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siamthanda Colesi (captain), 5 Ludewick de Jaeger. 4 Abyan Itzibeth 3 France Malherbe 2 Malcolm Marx 1 Stephen Kitchoff.
Available: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Elrigh Louw, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Francois de Klerk, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Francois Steyn.
Mitte: Technical goal 21′, Hendrix 27′, Marx 33′, De Allende 75′, Marx 80′
Metamorphoses: Willemse 28, Steyn 76
Free kicks: Willemse 12′
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