Down to the wire! Boks get bonus point win to close gap on ABs

Down to the wire! Boks get bonus point win to close gap on ABs


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South African players celebrate their Rugby Championship win over Argentina. Photo / Getty

South Africa 36
Argentina 20

The Rugby Championship is going down to the wire with the All Blacks and Springboks tied on points with one round remaining.

South Africa scored two late tries to secure a 36-20 victory over Argentina and move to 14 points on the standings with the All Blacks.

All four teams could still win the most fiercely competitive championship in the last round next weekend and, in the unlikely event of the All Blacks losing to Australia at their Eden Park fortress for the first time in 36 years, the Springboks are in prime position to take advantage.

They and the All Blacks are on 14 points — the All Blacks have a superior points differential — Australia have 10 points, and Argentina nine.

The Springboks close the tournament against the Pumas back home in Durban and by then will know what they have to do to win their second title in the Rugby Championship era.

They set up their chance with a first-half display of relentless forward might that made the Pumas lose their heads, then weathered a Pumas comeback, and finished brilliantly with two tries in the last five minutes to recapture the bonus point.

South Africa scored three tries to none in a first half that was constantly stopped, particularly for offsides.

The first try was a penalty try, to no surprise. South Africa attacked the short side off a lineout maul, Pumas first-five Santiago Carreras appeared to stop it, but then came from offside to hold up Springboks halfback Jaden Hendrikse over the line. Carreras conceded the penalty tr

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