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Boks beat Argentina 33-31

The Boks walked away from Salta with a 33-31 win against Argentina on Saturday.

The Springboks celebrate after defeating Argentina's Los Pumas by 33 to 31 in the Rugby Championship second round match at Padre Ernesto Martearena stadium in Salta on 23 August 2014. Picture: AFP/ Juan Mabromata

JOHANNESBURG - Jean de Villiers believes Argentina deserve to be far higher up the International Rugby Board (IRB) World Rankings.

Currently ranked 12th, the Pumas came close to picking up their first ever win over the Springboks as South Africa walked away from Salta with a 33-31 win, to remain top of the rugby championship table.

De Villiers believes teams shouldn't underestimate the South Americans.

"I think they're a much better team than their ranking at the moment. The losses that they've had in a row now, I think they're a much better team than that. I'm happy with the experience we showed to put it through but it could easily have gone the other way."

The scrums were an area of particular concern for the Boks being overpowered on multiple occasions by the Pumas.

Coach Heyneke Meyer says it's an area that needs a lot of attention.

"I thought they scrum brilliantly, that's an aspect we need to work on. We need to adapt to the referee and scrum better."