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Argentina 13-24 South Africa: Springboks win World Cup warm-up in Buenos Aires


In a World Cup warm-up match in Buenos Aires, South Africa staged an impressive comeback to defeat Argentina 24-13.

At half-time, South Africa was trailing 10-3, with Argentina’s Gonzalo Bertranou scoring a try and Emiliano Boffelli adding a penalty to their tally. However, in the second half, the world champions turned the tide, scoring 21 points to secure the victory.

Makazole Mapimpi and Canan Moodie were among the try-scorers for South Africa, while Manie Libbok contributed 14 points with his accurate kicking.

Last week, South Africa secured a close 22-21 victory over Argentina in Johannesburg during the Rugby Championship, finishing second in the tournament.

For the match in Buenos Aires, South Africa coach Jacques Nienaber made 13 changes to the previous lineup, providing opportunities to several players to showcase their skills at Estadio Jose Amalfitani. With the World Cup in France just around the corner, the players were eager to impress and earn a spot in the 33-player World Cup squad.

Argentina 13-24 South Africa: Springboks win World Cup warm-up in Buenos Aires

Reflecting on the selection process, Nienaber acknowledged that the squad decisions would be challenging due to the impressive performances by many players in the four warm-up games. The coach aimed to give each player a fair chance to display their abilities, although he emphasized that providing equal game time for everyone was difficult as they aimed to build effective combinations.

The upcoming World Cup in France will commence on 8 September. South Africa finds themselves in Pool B, alongside Ireland, Scotland, Tonga, and Romania, while Argentina will compete in Pool D against England, Japan, Samoa, and Chile. Before their World Cup opener against Scotland on 10 September, South Africa will have additional warm-up matches against Wales and New Zealand.

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