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Under fire Springboks beat Argentina

The visitors kept the Pumas under immense power and finally ground out the win the Test by 26-12.

Springboks played against Argentina in Buenos Aires on Saturday. Picture: South African Rugby ‏@Springboks.

JOHANNESBURG - Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer praised his players for the way in which they bounced back against Argentina in Buenos Aires on Saturday, winning the Test by 26-12 at Vélez Sarsfield.

Bryan Habana and Lwazi Mvovo scored tries during a great first-half display. Pat Lambie added two conversions and two penalties, which saw the Springboks take a commanding 20-9 lead at the break.

The visitors squandered a number of try-scoring opportunities in the second half, but still managed to keep the Pumas under immense power and finally ground out the win, with Lambie adding another penalty goal and a drop goal in a flawless kicking display.

Meyer said, "This is a very harsh environment to play in and it's very tough every time you come here.

"They were on a high after beating us last weekend and we were under pressure all week, but this is the type of game we can expect at the Rugby World Cup and I'm very proud of the players."

Springbok captain Victor Matfield echoed Meyer's sentiments, with the Rugby World Cup starting in five weeks' time.

"We played much better than last week, but there were still a few mistakes out there and probably left two or three tries out there," said Matfield.