South Africa v Argentina live: Score and latest updates from The Rugby Championship 2022

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05:30 PM

49 mins: South Africa 17-14 Argentina           

Anyone think the Boks can win this by 40 points now?!

05:29 PM

TRY FOR ARGENTINA!!!

South Africa 17-14 Argentina           

The Pumas are upping the tempo and looking the better side at the moment and as I type they spread the ball to the right and find Juan Martin Gonzalez who beats his man on the touchline before touching down in the corner – what a try and what a start to this half from the visitors.

Emiliano Boffelli nails the tough conversion and it’s a three-point game.

05:25 PM

45 mins: South Africa 17-7 Argentina           

It’s been all Argentina so far since the break. They are in the hosts’ half and using the width of the field ultimately find Imhoff. They get to within a yard of the line but hold on and give away a penalty.

05:21 PM

42 mins: South Africa 17-7 Argentina         

Argentina start the half well – the hosts give away a penalty and the visitors kick for touch.

From the lineout the Pumas go down the short side and nearly pull it off but a great tackle bundles Montoya into touch a yard from the try line.

05:19 PM

40 mins: South Africa 17-7 Argentina         

The action is back under way in Durban. Big 40 minutes for the hosts are needed if they are to get their hands on the title.

05:05 PM

HALF-TIME: South Africa 17-7 Argentina

That’s the half done – it’s been scrappy error-strewn affair so far. But that try from the Pumas means the hosts’ mountain to climb remains daunting. That 40-point winning margin is some way away.

Last week Argentina were the stronger in the second half, the Boks cannot afford for that to be the case today.

05:03 PM

TRY FOR ARGENTINA!!!

South Africa 17-7 Argentina

A wonderful kick over the top from Carreras sets up an attack for the Pumas, they attack with more purpose and energy than before in this half and eventually the livewire scrum-half Gonzalo Bertranou goes over from short range.

05:00 PM

PENALTY FOR SOUTH AFRICA!!

South Africa 17-0 Argentina

Argentina have a chance of a counter off a South Africa up and under but another error, this time holding on, gifts the ball to the hosts.

The hosts, with an man advantage, decide to take the points…strange decision considering the penalty is on the halfway BUT Steyn has a huge boot on him and he nails the kick.

04:55 PM

34 mins: South Africa 14-0 Argentina       

It’s the Pumas turn to kick for touch after South Africa, this time, are offside.

From the resulting lineout the visitors are in front of the posts just 10 yards out. The hosts are again offside and it’s another penalty for Argentina, again they kick for touch.

From this lineout the visitors obstruct the Boks and a great opportunity to score a try is wasted. Yet another unforced, silly error.

04:50 PM

TRY FOR SOUTH AFRICA!!!

South Africa 14-0 Argentina       

Lineout for the Boks and this time they make it count as Siya Kolisi dives over the line after a clinical maul.

The Argentine dam wall is showing signs of breaking.

Styen adds the extras.

04:48 PM

27 mins: South Africa 7-0 Argentina       

The Boks are still enacmped in the Pumas’ 22 as Le Roux goes over the line but is brilliantly by the Argentina lock pairing of Matias Alemanno and Tomas Lavanini.

The hosts are dominating but aren’t translating that into the points they need to win the title.

04:45 PM

27 mins: South Africa 7-0 Argentina     

The hosts are encamped in the Pumas’ 22, after another penalty gifted them by the visitors (this one a scrum penalty). There’s another yellow card for Argentina as Juan Martín González is penalised for an offence at the driving maul.

04:43 PM

27 mins: South Africa 7-0 Argentina     

I’ve said it before and I am going to say it again – this is a scrappy affair with unforced errors preventing any real flow to the match.

04:42 PM

25 mins: South Africa 7-0 Argentina   

Another error from the Boks – this one a knock on from Marx – and the Pumas are gifted possession as Kremer comes back onto the pitch having served his 10-minute incarceration in the sin bin.

04:40 PM

22 mins: South Africa 7-0 Argentina   

They may be leading but the hosts have made a few errors already and they make another one as they drop the ball in their own half allowing the Pumas to kick and chase.

There have already been nine penalties in 23 minutes of rugby.

04:36 PM

TRY FOR SOUTH AFRICA!!!! 

South Africa 7-0 Argentina 

Scrum for South Africa five metres out in front of the posts – can they make this count? They got a great push on and they effectively walk in the try as No 8 Jasper Wiese touches down off the back of the set-piece. Finally points on the board.

Steyn converts to add the extras.

04:33 PM

17 mins: South Africa 0-0 Argentina 

From the resulting lineout the Boks spread the ball out, they have a penalty advantage, the visitors, a man down, are defending well. But there’s another offside and it’s another penalty for the Boks. Another penalty and you suspect the Pumas could be down to 13 men…

04:30 PM

16 mins: South Africa 0-0 Argentina 

A bit of good news for the Boks – Kremer is shown the yellow card after a string of penalties against the visitors – the hosts again kick for touch. Can they make this lineout count?

04:27 PM

14 mins: South Africa 0-0 Argentina

The constant pressure on the Argentina defence is telling, they concede another penalty and once again the hosts they kick for the corner BUT it’s another mistake as Steyn misses touch and it’s a 22 drop out for the Pumas. The Boks cannot afford to make silly, basic mistake such as that.

04:23 PM

12 mins: South Africa 0-0 Argentina

The hosts need to be more composed – it’s bit scrappy at the moment and they cannot afford to make mistakes as they did with the disallowed try.

As I type the Boks are on the attack in the Pumas’ 22 but the Argentina defence is fantastic and they steal the ball. Again, to state the obvious, not what the hosts wanted.

04:23 PM

11 mins: South Africa 0-0 Argentina

Disallowed try!

From the resulting lineout the Boks create a rolling maul, the Pumas do their best to stop it but it’s in vain as Eben Etzebeth touches down in the corner. BUT the TMO chalks it off as the lock picked the ball from Kolisi from an offside position. The crowd aren’t happy, as you’d expect.

04:20 PM

11 mins: South Africa 0-0 Argentina   

Penalty to South Africa on the edge of the 22 – unsurprisingly they kick for touch with the 40-point needed for the title.

04:18 PM

9 mins: South Africa 0-0 Argentina   

It’s a bit stop, start at the  moment, no real flow to the game at present.

04:15 PM

6 mins: South Africa 0-0 Argentina 

Carreras  launches a huge up and under that Argentina collect before flicking it out to the left to Imhoff. The hosts nullify any danger but once again the Pumas are looking good and when needing to win by 40 this isn’t the start the Boks would have wanted.

04:12 PM

4 mins: South Africa 0-0 Argentina 

Good start from Argentina, they’ve dominated the early territory and charge down a Steyn kick. From there they move the ball right but a knock-on from Carreras gifts the ball back to the hosts. A bit scrappy, yes, but still plenty of early good signs for the Pumas.

04:10 PM

2 mins: South Africa 0-0 Argentina

Steyn kicks straight into the arms of an Argentine before Santiago Carreras finds touch with a wonderful kick.

From the resulting lineout, in their own half, the host pass the ball down the line, but there’s a stray pass. The visitors were offside, however, and the scrappy bit of play doesn’t result in any points.

04:08 PM

1 min: South Africa 0-0 Argentina

They’re under way in Durban as Steyn kicks off.

04:06 PM

Plenty of emotion in display

This promises to be a good, close match.

04:05 PM

It’s national anthem time

Argentina’s is a lovely, almost operatic number, you cannot help but smile upon hearing it. That’s followed by  Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika which is easily in the top three national anthems in the world, rousing.

04:01 PM

The commentator has just said…

…”The Boks have it all to do.” Bit of an understatement there.

But a 40-point win isn’t beyond the realms of possibility.

03:59 PM

The teams are out on the pitch

And met with a wall of noise at this packed stadium.

03:48 PM

So…

…For the hosts Frans Steyn starts at No 10 for the first time since 2008. Pieter-Steph du Toit comes in at openside. There is a lot of brute strength on the bench for the Boks with Duane Vermeulen, Kwagga Smith and Bongi Mbonambi ready to come on if needed.

For the Pumas Wing Lucio Cinti is replaced by Juan Imhoff, with Matias Moroni in for Matias Orlando at centre.

03:44 PM

Here are the two XVs

SOUTH AFRICA XI TO FACE ARGENTINA: 15. Willie le Roux, 14. Canan Moodie, 13. Jesse Kriel, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Makazole Mapimpi, 10. Frans Steyn, 9. Jaden Hendrikse, 1. Steven Kitshoff, 2. Malcolm Marx, 3. Frans Malherbe, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 5. Lood de Jager, 6. Siya Kolisi (capt), 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 8. Jasper Wiese.

Replacements: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Ox Nche, 18. Vincent Koch, 19. Franco Mostert, 20. Duane Vermeulen, 21. Kwagga Smith, 22. Faf de Klerk, 23. Kurt-Lee Arendse.

ARGENTINA XV TO FACE SOUTH AFRICA: 15. Juan Cruz Mallia, 14. Emiliano Boffelli, 13. Matias Moroni, 12. Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11. Juan Imhoff, 10. Santiago Carreras, 9. Gonzalo Bertranou, 1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2. Julian Montoya (capt), 3. Eduardo Bello, 4. Matias Alemanno, 5. Tomas Lavanini, 6. Juan Martin Gonzalez, 7. Marcos Kremer, 8. Pablo Matera.

Replacements: 16. Agustin Creevy, 17. Mayco Vivas, 18. Joel Sclavi, 19. Guido Petti, 20. Pedro Rubiolo, 21. Tomas Cubelli, 22. Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23. Bautista Delguy.

03:35 PM

Here’s how it looks going into the final match

03:34 PM

Always good to see a side turn up

You cannot win a game if you’re not on the pitch

02:59 PM

South Africa left with a mountain to climb

South Africa go into their last Rugby Championship match against Argentina knowing exactly the height of the mountain they need to climb if they are to leapfrog the All Blacks and claim the title.

After New Zealand’s 40-14 win over Australia this morning the Springboks have to beat the Pumas by more than 40 points to pip the seven-time winners of the expanded tournament to the trophy.

Speaking before this morning’s match in Auckland the Springboks captain Siya Kolisi said that regardless of what unfolded this morning his side will be treating the clash again Argentina as a final.

“We’re definitely going to watch the morning (South Africa time) game – we need to know what happens in that match so that we know what we need to do against Argentina, and the same applies to them,” Kolisi said.

“As things stand all four teams can still win the competition, but regardless of what happens in the match between Australia and New Zealand, it will still be a proper final for us and the Pumas.”

Siya Kolisi taking on the Argentina defence last week - AFPSiya Kolisi taking on the Argentina defence last week - AFP

Siya Kolisi taking on the Argentina defence last week – AFP

The Boks had a game of two halves last weekend in Buenos Aires, where they outclassed their hosts in the first 40 minutes and would have led by more than 22-6 with better execution.

A huge fightback from Argentina after the interval put South Africa under intense pressure and only late tries in the final few minutes saw them claim a 36-20 victory.

“I don’t think they’ll change their mindset going into this game,” Kolisi said. “Their scrums went well last week, and they would have worked on their mauls. And depending on the outcome of the other match, they may have a chance of winning the competition for the first time.”

The last match of one of the most open and entertaining Rugby Championships ever gets under way at 4.05, stay here for all the pre-match build up and action.