Boks beat Argentina in Rugby Champs

The Springboks began their campaign with a win against Argentina at Loftus on Saturday.

FILE: Handre Pollard restored the seven-point lead for the Boks and at half-time they lead 10-3. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Springboks got their Rugby Championship campaign off to a winning start as they beat Argentina 13-6 at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

The conditions made it impossible for either team to play a running game and Ruan Pienaar scored the only try of the match in the opening minutes after he combined with Cornal Hendricks after a driving maul.

Handre Pollard slotted the conversion before Nicolas Sanchez pulled three points back for the Pumas.

Pollard restored the seven-point lead for the Boks and at half-time they lead 10-3.

Sanchez added the first points of the second half with his second penalty of the day, but Morne Steyn, who replaced Pollard, kicked his first penalty to make it a seven-point game yet again.

The Argentines went on the attack late in the match and came close to scoring in the last couple of minutes after charging down Morne Steyn's kick, but they couldn't gather the ball in the in-goal area and the victory means the Boks go to the top of the Rugby Championship log after the All Blacks and Wallabies played to a 12-all draw earlier in the day.

Damian de Allende, who made his debut for the Springboks, will not only remember the game for the win, but he will also remember singing the anthem for the first time in the Boks jersey during a hailstorm in Pretoria.