Three-try Springboks too strong for Argentina

Marcell Coetzee in action against the Pumas in Cape Town on 18 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
Heyneke Meyer, Jean de Villiers, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and coach Santiago Phelan speak after the Springboks match against Argentina.

CAPE TOWN - The Springboks on Saturday opened their Rugby Championship campaign with a victory over Argentina in Newlands, Cape Town. 

Zane Kirchner, Marcell Coetzee and Bryan Habana grabbed tries as South Africa defeated Argentina 27-6 in the inaugural Rugby Championship.

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.

Earlier in the day, New Zealand beat Australia 27-19 at Sydney's Olympic Stadium.