In the first presentation of the Rugby Championship 2021 The Pumas fell to South Africa 32-12 in Port Elizabeth. The locals made their hierarchy prevail in the first stage, in the kick they found a good opportunity to corner Los Pumas and made a difference that in the second half only left them as their objective to look for the bonus point. Nicolas Sanchez scored all the Argentine points with four penalties.
In the first quarter South Africa began to make a difference. He proposed the physical game, go out to look high up when he did not have possession and gave him his results. A penalty at 2 ‘was taken advantage of by Elton Jantjies to open the scoreboard and 12 ‘, from an Argentine scrum that did not coordinate the transfer, Cobus Reinach recovered and with a 70-meter run scored the first try of the match.
A precise kick to the tip of Jantjies left Aphelele Fassi facing the ingoal. With very little the Springboks made a good difference against an Argentine team that could only add with the foot of Nicolás Sánchez. Small details in the line and the scrum, added to the incongruities when maintaining control, made the first half uphill for those led by Mario Ledesma. Two penalties by Sánchez and another by Jantjies left the partial 21-9 in favor of the locals.
In the complement, South Africa kept calm, Los Pumas adjusted details and the meeting became more balanced. Far from the ingoal, the try was desired. It was necessary to resort again to the foot of the openings and there again Jantjies returned to take advantage with two shipments to the sticks against a Nicolás Sánchez.
At 10 minutes from the end the TMO deprived the Springboks of a new try that gave them the bonus point but to two minutes into the epilogue, debutant Jaden Hendriskse appeared on the flag to give the hosts the third difference conquest. Out of time and in the absence of ideas, The Pumas were left empty-handed in the afternoon of Porth Elizabeth that he left Carlos Muzzio debut, of good performance in the scrum when it was his turn to form. Those led by Mario Ledesma were outmatched by a team that made defense and pressure their best attack tool.
SOUTH AFRICA (32): 1- Ox Nche 2- Joseph Dweba 3- Wilco Louw 4- Eben Etzebeth 5- Lood de Jager 6- Siya Kolisi 7- Kwagga Smith 8- Jasper Wiese 9- Cobus Reinach 10- Elton Jantjies 11- Aphelele Fassi 12- Frans Steyn 13 – Jesse Kriel 14- Sbu Nkosi 15- Damian Willemse.
Changes: ST: 4´ Malcom Marx for Dweba, 4´ Vincen Kotch for Louw for 12´ Trevor Nyakane for Nche, 14´ Marco van Staden for Kolisi, 22´ Daniel du Preez for Jasper Wiese, 28´ Marvin Orie for Eben Etzebeth, 32´ Jaden Hendrikse by Cobus Reinach, 33´ Morne Steyn by Elton Jantjies.
Coach: Jacques Nienaber.
ARGENTINA (12): 1- Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 1- Julián Montoya, 3- Francisco Gómez Kodela; 4- Guido Petti, 5- Marcos Kremer; 6- Pablo Matera, 7- Facundo Isa, 8- Rodrigo Bruni; 9- Felipe Ezcurra 10- Nicolás Sánchez; 11- Matías Moroni, 12- Santiago Chocobares, 13- Jerónimo de la Fuente, 14- Baptista Delguy and 15- Santiago Carreras
Changes: ST: 11´ Tomás Lavanini by Marcos Kremer, 14´ Sebastián Cancelliere by Santiago Carreras, 14´ Gonzalo Bertranou by Felipe Ezcurra, 19´ Carlos Muzzio by Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19´ Santiago Medrano by Francisco Gómez Kodela, 19´ Matías Alemanno by Facundo Isa, 27´ Domingo Miotti by Nicolás Sánchez, 32´ Facundo Bosch by Julián Montoya.
Coach: Mario Ledesma.
POINTS IN THE FIRST TIME: 2´ Penalty by Elton Jantjies (S), 12´ Try by Cobus Reinach converted by Elton Jantjies (S), 16´ Penalty by Nicolás Sánchez (A), 18´ Try by Aphelele Fassi (S), 23´ Penal by Elton Jantjies (S), 35 ‘Penalty by Nicolás Sánchez (A), 37’ Penalty by Elton Jantjies (S), 40 ‘Penalty by Nicolás Sánchez (A).
Partial Result: South Africa 21-9 Argentina
POINTS IN THE SECOND TIME: 3´ Penalty by Nicolás Sánchez (A), 7 and 18´ Penalties by Elton Jantjies (S), 38´ Try by Jaden Hendriskse (S).
Final Result: South Africa 32-12 Argentina
WARNED: There was not.
BASKETBALL COURT: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth.
REFEREE: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistants: Karl Dickson (England) and AJ Jacobs (South Africa)
TMO: Tom Foley (Wales)