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Springboks vs Pumas highlights: South Africa secure bronze at the Rugby World Cup

30th October, 2015
Time: 7:00am (AEDT)
Venue: Twickenham
TV: GEM (LIVE), Fox Sports (LIVE)

Teams
South Africa
1. Tendai Mtawarira
2. Bismarck du Plessis
3. Frans Malherbe
4. Eben Etzebeth
5. Victor Matfield ©
6. Francois Louw
7. Schalk Burger
8. Duane Vermeulen
9. Ruan Pienaar
10. Handre Pollard
11. Brian Habana
12. Damian De Allende
13. Jesse Kriel
14. JP Pietersen
15. Willie le Roux

16. Adriaan Strauss
17. Trevor Nyakane
18. Jannie du Plessis
19. Lodewyke de Jager
20. Willem Alberts
21. Rudy Paige
22. Patrick Lambie
23. Jan Serfontein

Argentina
1. Marcos Ayerza
2. Julian Montoya
3. Ramiro Herrera
4. Matias Alemanno
5. Tomas Lavanini
6. Javier Ortega Desio
7. Juan Fernandez Lobbe
8. Juan Manuel Leguizamon
9. Tomas Cubelli
10. Nicolas Sanchez ©
11. Horacio Agulla
12. Jeronimo De La Fuente
13. Matias Moroni
14. Santiago Condero
15. Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino

16. Lucas Noguera
17. Juan Pablo Orlandi
18. Juan Figallo
19. Guido Petti
20. Facundo Isa
21. Martin Landajo
22. Gonzalez Iglesias
23. Juan Pablo Socino
The Pumas and Springboks will fight it out for bronze at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. (AFP PHOTO/GORDON HARNOLS)
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Match result:

South Africa claimed third place in the Rugby World Cup with a convincing win over Argentina, defeating the Pumas 24-13 on the eve of the Rugby World Cup final.

The Springboks were in control on the scoreboard for most of the match and it was only in the last play of the game that Argentina managed to score a try and convert, avoiding what would’ve been an 18-point defeat.

The Boks made the first score in the sixth minute with a try through JP Pietersen – converted by Handre Pollard – and went on to lead throughout the match, picking up three penalties to lead 16-0 at half time.

The Pumas found a drop goal in the 42nd minute, but a try from Eben Etzebeth for the Boks just moments later widened South Africa’s lead.

South Africa were out to a 24-3 advantage in the 48th minute after another penalty but didn’t score for the rest of the match as a penalty and a last-minute try through Juan Pablo Orlandi and conversion from Nicolas Sanchez saw them bring the final margin in to 11 points.

Final scores
Argentina 13
South Africa 24

Match preview:

An exhilarating spectacle is sure to ensue when the South Africa and Argentina face-off for the bronze at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Join The Roar from 7:00am (AEDT) for live scores and coverage.

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Even though the Wallabies and All-Blacks will be fighting for ‘Bill’, there is no doubt that the Springboks and Pumas were unlucky not to find themselves in the same position.

Both teams pushed hard in the respective semi-final matchups, but will have to settle for a third-place playoff and pride to cap off what has been a wonderful World Cup.

Argentina will head into the game with coach Daniel Hourcade making nine changes to the team that suffered a 29-15 loss to Australia only a week earlier.

Having repeatedly shown their ability to spread the ball, along with their renowned scrimmaging skills, the Pumas will no doubt struggle to beat an in-form South African side without numerous key players.

Centres Juan Martin Hernandez and Marcelo Bosch, captain Augustin Creevy, Juan Imhoff and Joaquin Tuculet will all be missing.

On the plus side, Horacio Agulla and Juan Manuel Leguizamon return in time to steady the ship and provide some much needed experience to the team.

For the South Africans, Heyneke Meyer has only made two changes to the side that lost a tight affair against New Zealand in the semi-finals.

Victor Matfield re-enters the side as captain for his final international game, replacing Lodewyke de Jager who drops back to the bench, whilst Ruan Pienaar takes over from Fourie du Preez at scrumhalf.

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In the Rugby Championship earlier this year, victories were one apiece. Argentina won a high-scoring affair 37-25 in Durban, and then the result was flipped in Buenos Aires with the Springboks triumphing 26-12.

This match has the possibility to go down to the wire. Both teams will play with pride, but it may be too much to overcome for the Argentineans thanks to a string of injuries.

Prediction
South Africa by 20

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