Rugby World Cup 2019: Springboks unconvincing winners after late Pumas try disallowed

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Argentina's Guido Pettii (R) scores a try in the Pumas' 24-18 loss to South Africa.

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Argentina’s Guido Pettii (R) scores a try in the Pumas’ 24-18 loss to South Africa.

Argentina was denied just a second victory over the Springboks in South Africa and a big boost for the Rugby World Cup when Lucas Mensa’s try with three minutes to go was disallowed on Saturday.

Instead, South Africa flyhalf Elton Jantjies kicked over the resultant penalty to see a second-string Springboks team home 24-18 in a Rugby World Cup warmup game at Loftus Versfeld, keeping the newly crowned southern hemisphere champion unbeaten this season.

Jantjies scored 14 points off the kicking tee to go with a brace of tries by wing S’busiso Nkosi.

The Springboks were not convincing but did enough with most of their first-choice players taking a rest ahead of the World Cup in Japan next month.

South Africa's Warrick Gelant catches a high ball.

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South Africa’s Warrick Gelant catches a high ball.

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Argentina appeared to be struggling again in the first half after losing 46-13 to the Boks in the final round of the Rugby Championship last weekend. But an intercept try by lock Guido Petti right on halftime gave the Pumas hope _ and a surprise 10-8 lead at the break.

Captain Pablo Matera scored in the second half to make it 18-18 and raise hopes of a first win in South Africa since 2015.

South Africa's Cobus Reinach (L)passes the ball as he avoids a tackle from Argentina's Julian Montoya in the Springboks' 24-18 win at Loftus Versfeld.

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