Argentina vs South Africa LIVE: Rugby Championship result as Springboks see off stubborn Argentina

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South Africa hooker Malcolm Marx scored a try in the final minute of the game to secure a 36-20 bonus-point victory over Argentina at Estadio Libertadores de America in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

The result sees the Springboks join New Zealand on 14 points on the competition table and keeps them in hunt for the Rugby Championship title with one round of fixtures left to play. They host Argentina in Durban next weekend with the All Blacks facing Australia at home.

A penalty try and tries for scrumhalf Jaden Hendrikse, two for Marx and one for centre Damian de Allende saw the Springboks dominate the contest in Buenos Aires as they outclassed their opponents to lead 22-6 at the break.

However, after a tactical start to the second half the Pumas fought back with a penalty try of their own before Matias Moroni crosses the line to bring them within two points 22-20 away again. Their resistance ended as they ran out of gas in with 10 minutes to go and the Springboks pulled ahead to ease to a comfortable win.

Relive the action from Argentina vs South Africa, below:

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FT Argentina 20-36 South Africa

South Africa’s victory over Argentina closes out the fifth round of the Rugby Championship with New Zealand, Australia and the Springboks themselves still in the hunt for the title.

We’ll have plenty of reaction to South Africa’s win coming up across The Independent in the coming days but for now, farewell, and thanks for joining us!

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FT Argentina 20-36 South Africa

It’s unfortunate for Argentina who mounted a fine comeback in the second half and got themselves within two points before running out of gas.

Two tries inside the last 10 minutes got the Springboks comfortably over the line and they’ll have thoughts of winning the whole thing next time out.

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FT Argentina 20-36 South Africa

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Full-time: Argentina 20-36 South Africa

80 mins: There’s no time left to restart the match and the buzzer goes to end the game. South Africa take the points and move up to second in the Rugby Championship table just behind New Zealand.

The title is going to come down to the final gameweek.

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TRY! Argentina 20-36 South Africa (Malcolm Marx, 80 mins)

80 mins: That’ll be enough for South Africa to win the game. Beautiful, intricate play on the left sends the ball out wide to Makazole Mapimpi.

He draws in the final defender and passes it inside to Malcolm Marx who bombs to the line and grounds the ball, Frans Steyn completes the conversion.

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Argentina 20-29 South Africa

77 mins: South Africa need another two tries to secure another bonus point but that seems unlikely. Argentina are driving down the right wing and win a penalty after a poor tackle from Frans Steyn.

They kick the ball back down the pitch and get into South Africa’s half. They need to score here if they want to win the game.

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TRY! Argentina 20-29 South Africa (De Allende, 74 mins)

74 mins: Malcolm Marx drives towards the line after South Africa recover the ball from a decent line-out play. Argentina continue to tackle from offside positions gifting the Springbok’s penalty advantage.

De Klerk lays the ball off to De Allende who bursts through two defenders and grounds the ball!

South Africa have a bit of breathing room now.

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Argentina 20-22 South Africa

71 mins: A tactical and well-fought second half has fully turned Argentina’s way and they’re pushing for another try. 10 minutes to play and the Springboks lead but two.

Faf de Klerk boots the ball down the pitch and South Africa win a penalty which they kick over to the Pumas’ 22 metre line.

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TRY! Argentina 20-22 South Africa (Moroni, 69 mins)

69 mins: There’s a game on now! A short pass Kremer gives the ball to Moroni who nips through a gap in the Springbok’s line and sprints towards the line.

He throws himself over and grounds the ball before Boffelli converts.

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PENALTY TRY Argentina 13-22 South Africa (Tomas Cubelli, 66 mins)

67 mins: The officials come to their decision and say that if Smith didn’t twist Cubelli over his body the Argentinian would have been able to reach out and ground the ball for a try.

They award the Pumas a penalty try and Smith is sent to the sin bin.

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