Springboks top of the championship table

The Springboks beat Argentina 13-6 at Loftus Stadium yesterday.

The Springboks. Picture: Rugby15.

JOHANNESBURG - The Springboks are top of the Rugby Championship table but only after eking out a narrow 13-6 win over Argentina at Loftus yesterday.

Ruan Pienaar scored the game's only try within 90 seconds of the start with the conditions being called as some of the worst ever as a result of torrential rain and hail.

Handre Pollard kicked a penalty and a conversion with Morne Steyn another penalty.

While Nicolas Sanchez slotted two penalties for the visitors.

Despite the narrow escape coach Heyneke Meyer declared himself happy.

"I'm very proud of the team but the game could have gone either way. A lot of the players play in Europe and they are used to the conditions and they forced us into a kicking battle."

Meyer says that considering the abnormal conditions the result and the conditions count for little.

"We mustn't read too much into the game because we showed a lot of character and our forwards will be better in the next game."

The Boks coach argued that overall he's still looking for his side to tick all the boxes from a performance point of view.

Argentina were pushing for a draw as they spent the last five minutes camped on the Bok tryline, Meyer says his side's resilience in that position pleased him.

"There was a 5 metre line and they could have scored but we were awesome and there was great captaincy."

Meanwhile, the Springbok captain, Jean de Villiers, says that his team were delighted to walk away with a 13-6 win over Argentina considering that the conditions were among the worst that he's ever played in.

De Villiers highlighted how bad conditions were.

"It was one of those days were the conditions didn't allow us to play at all."'

He added that all things considered his team are happy.

"It's great to get the win but unfortunately we couldn't play the brand we wanted to, but there's still five games left in the competition for us and it's just being able to refocus for next week."