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#RWC10: Clinical Boks book their spot in the final

Tries from Fourie du Preez, Danie Rossouw and two from the potent Bryan Habana were supplemented by the metronomic goal kicking of Percy Montgomery.

The Springboks take on the Pumas in the 2007 Rugby World Cup semi-final. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - South Africa booked a place in their second Rugby World Cup final with a 37-13 victory over Argentina.

The Pumas attempted to come back from a 24-6 deficit at half time but they could not keep their extraordinary World Cup run going.

Tries from Fourie du Preez, Danie Rossouw and two from the potent Bryan Habana were supplemented by the metronomic goal kicking of Percy Montgomery, who kicked 17 points.

Argentina began the match positively, but after seven minutes Du Preez intercepted a Felipe Contepomi pass. He sprinted 70 metres to score South Africa's opener. Montgomery added the extra two points.

The two sides then exchanged penalties making the score at 10-3, until Contepomi unleashed a a 60 metre penalty to get within four points on the half hour mark.

Shortly after that, the Boks spread the ball wide to Habana, who chipped ahead and collected his own kick to muscle himself over the line. It soon became a double blow for the Pumas, as man of the match Rossouw added a late try to make it 24-6 heading into the break.

Four minutes of the second half had gone when Argentina hit back. Capitalising on turn over ball, they moved the ball down the line to Manuel Contepomi, who just about dotted down the ball. His brother Felipe converted, giving Argentina hope at 24-13 but that would be their last score.

With 10 minutes to go, Montgomery kicked his second penalty to make it 27-13 to just about settle the semi-final. The free scoring Habana put the seal on the victory with his second try, sprinting clear after intercepting a wayward pass.

South Africa will meet defending champions England at Stade de France on 20 October, with both vying for their second Webb Ellis Cup.

Match 6 Semi Final, Saint Denis:

South Africa 37-13 Argentina

SA tries:
du Preez
Habana (2)
Rossouw

Conversions:
Montgomery 4/4

Penalties:
Montgomery 3/3

Argentina tries:
M Contepomi

Conversions:
F Contepomi

Penalties:
F Contepomi 2/4

Man of the Match:
Danie Rossouw

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