BOKS TOO STRONG FOR ARGENTINA
By: Siyabonga Ngcobo
Springboks were untouchable on Saturday as they demolished Argentina by 73 -13 points at the FNB Stadium.
Even though the game was played as part of the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day, the Boks didn’t show any remorse to the Pumas.
The Springboks started the game on a high note as SteynMorne converted two penalties within 10 minutes after the kick off. The Pumas suffered an early blow when their lock Patricio Albacete received a yellow card and was forced to leave the field after a rough play.
After 30 minutes, both teams didn’t score any tries except penalty kicks which were both converted by Steyn for Boks and Felipe Contepomi for Argentina. Springboks were on the lead by 9-6.
The Pumas were forced to play with 14 men again after their Hooker EusebioGuinazo did a knock down. The Boks were awarded a penalty try.
With few minutes to half time, Boks managed to make a breakthrough to score the first try of the game. JJ Engelbrecht unsealed the box of tries after making a successful break from 22m and Steyn converted two penalties to keep Boks ahead by 26-6 to the half time.
On the second half, the Boks came back showing more zeal to separate the gap on the score board as AdriaanStauss, Willem Alberts, skipper Jean de Villiers and Fourie du Preez each scored their try. Steyn only managed to convert three out of four penalties to make the score 52-6.
The Boks gave the Pumas no space to breathe as Bryan Habana fought and made it to the score sheet when he opened the gap further by his try. Steyn converted another penalty for himself.
Boks’ Duane Vermeulen scored what seemed to be the prettiest try of the day when he crashed through a tight line of the Pumas and made a break. Bismarck du Plesis sealed the box of tries and Steyn converted both tries.
Contemponi consoled the Pumas by scoring the final try of the game and converting it.
The Boks will again play against Argentina on Saturday for Super Champions tournament in Mendoza, Argentina.
The IOL news website reported on Saturday that Heyneke Meyer, the Springboks coach said, “It was a clinical performance that was pleasing but we need to build an innings from there.” He also urged the players to stay humble.
Captain de Villers was quoted as saying, “The score was good but we must put things in perspective. There is still a lot of work to do and we need to get better every week.”