19 Aug 2012

South Africa deny Argentina in Rugby Championship first round

5:40 pm on 19 August 2012

South Africa have given Argentina a tough welcome into the Rugby Championship, beating the Pumas 27-6 at Newlands.

Zane Kirchner, Marcell Coetzee and Bryan Habana grabbed tries as South Africa started their Rugby Championship campaign strongly.

The Springbok pack did not yield in defence against the massive opposition forwards and their strong ball-carriers won enough momentum to dominate territory and possession.

Flyhalf Morne Steyn steered South Africa to victory, booting three conversions and two penalties and also helping to set up two of the three tries.

Argentina's points came from two penalties by flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez.

With the greater winning margin in the first round, South Africa is leading the Rugby Championship from New Zealand.