Match Review: Argentina stuns South Africa in Mendoza

Argentina put up a gutsy performance to stun South Africa 32-19 in Mendoza. The Pumas were leading 27-7 at half time.

The Pumas were as expected a totally different outfit in their own back yard. Backed by a vocal and passionate crowd, they’ve managed to score four tries through wings Bautista Delguy who crossed the line twice, Ramiro Moyano and flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez. Sanchez also converted three of the tries, scored a penalty and a drop goal in a very polished performance by the pivot.

The Springboks scored three tries, one by captain Siya Kolisi and a brace by replacement winger Lionel Mapoe who replaced injured Makazole Mapimpi early in the first half.

Lock Eben Etzebeth came crashing back to earth with a below average performance. His rustiness after his long injury lay-off was clearly visible and he also conceded a yellow card which cost his team dearly.

Flyhalf Handre Pollard had a forgettable day at the office after only landing two of the conversions.

Coach Rassie Erasmus has said in the post match press conference that he takes full responsibility for the team’s poor performance. The Boks have nothing to lose by trying out up and coming star Damian Willemse at flyhalf. Jesse Kriel will have to come back at outside centre to help with the backline defence.

Depending on how serious the injury of Mapimpi is, Lions wing Ruan Combrinck has to be the man to make the number 14 jersey his.

Erasmus has apparently sent a SOS to bruising loose forward Duanne Vermeulen to link up with the Springbok squad on the Australasian tour.

If there was any believe that the Boks are on an upward curve back to the summit of world rugby, it has been demolished by this performance. The Boks’ inability to win test matches overseas continues to grow. Since 2016 they have only managed to win three out of 16 matches overseas.

The squad will gather this Saturday before heading out to Brisbane for their match against Australia at the Suncorp Stadium on 8 September 2018.

Written by Carl Coertzen – 28/08/18