South Africa beat Argentina to win first ever Rugby Championship

South Africa beat Argentina to win first ever Rugby Championship

The All Blacks will play the Springboks in their first World Cup pool match in Yokohama on September 21.

Mbongeni Mbonambi also touched down after Santiago Cordero opened the scoring with an early try, which proved to be a false dawn for the Pumas.

Consistency remains key for improving South Africa as they revel in a first Rugby Championship title in a decade, a significant psychological boost a little over a month out from the World Cup in Japan.

Springbok captain Siya Kolisi (L) passes the ball as he takes part in a training session at the Stade de France Stadium in Saint-Denis, north of Paris on 9 November 2018, on the eve of the worldwide rugby union test match against France.

"It's a fantastic feeling", captain Duane Vermuelen said.

"This is a nice thing for the team for all the hard work put in and it is also a big thing for us going on to the World Cup".

"Winning the trophy was part of the plan but if we hadn't won it we would've been happy with the work that has been done on and off the field since we got together", he said.

Argentina came out firing on all cylinders and they were in front inside two minutes, Cordero finishing in the right corner after getting on a clever kick from Sanchez - who then added the extras.

Sanchez converted and Argentina could not have wished for a better start as they sought to defeat the Springboks in South America for the third time in four seasons.

Pollard got the visitors up and running with a long-range penalty in the ninth minute, and they edged ahead five minutes later following a driving maul from a line-out which saw hooker Mbonambi dot the ball down.

Sanchez had fewer opportunities and made the majority, slotting the two penalties to keep the Pumas in touch for most of the half.

Argentina have struggled for some years in an aspect of the game where they used to be world class and there was no sign of any improvement in Salta.

As the match entered the final quarter, South Africa held a 32-13 lead against opponents who could not translate spells of pressure into points.

After Pollard scored his second try in the 53rd minute, outstanding handling and passing produced tries by wingers Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe.

South Africas' S'busiso Nkosi (L) is congratulated by South Africa's Eben Etzebeth (C) after scoring his try during the 2019 Rugby Championship match South Africa v Australia, at the Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg, on July 20, 2019.

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