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Argentina vs South Africa LIVE: Rugby Championship score and updates tonight

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Argentina host South Africa tonight as a brilliantly open Rugby Championship continues with the conclusion of Round Five in Buenos Aires. Both Argentina and South Africa head into the penultimate round of fixtures still in contention of wrestling the title from New Zealand’s grasp, and a bonus-point win for either would draw them level with the All Blacks at the top of the standings.

New Zealand took control of their fate as they won a wild and dramatic contest against Australia in Melbourne on Thursday, with Ian Foster’s side scoring after the buzzer to claim an unbelievable 39-37  win, and the twists and turns of this year’s Rugby Championship look set to continue here.

South Africa bounced back to defeat Australia in their last match two weeks ago, but there has since been chaos off the field with fly-half Elton Jantjies being sent home from camp, while Argentina were brought back to earth after their historic win over New Zealand – with the All Blacks getting revenge with a 50-point win in Hamilton. Follow live updates from Argentina vs South Africa, below:

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Argentina 6-22 South Africa

45 mins: Wow! An interception from Gonzalez sees the Pumas push forward on the left before working it across the pitch.

South Africa then win an interception of their own but confusion or panic sets in on Damian de Allende who tries to offload before getting hit with a tackle and ends up giving the ball straight back.

More composure and South Africa were in on the break.

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Argentina 6-22 South Africa

43 mins: The Pumas turn over the ball and gain field position from a kick that Boffelli chases down and plucks out of the air. They try to work it down the line quickly but a pass out to Cavanini is short and he fumbles it before knocking on.

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Second half: Argentina 6-22 South Africa

The Springboks resume the match and immediately win a line-out in opposition territory. Marx sends it into Mostert and South Africa attempt to drive the maul forwards but Argentina’s defence is strong and hardly budges.

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HT Argentina 6-22 South Africa

Argentina’s discipline has been their undoing so far. They’ve given away way too many penalties and South Africa’s precise and penetrating attacks have seen them notch up three tries.

Will the Pumas improve in the second half?

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Half-time: Argentina 6-22 South Africa

43 mins: South Africa almost get lucky from a line-out but Franco Mostert knocks on at the back of the line before flicking the ball back to Lood de Jager on his second attempt at catching it.

De Jager bruises his way over the line and thinks he’s scored but the video referee is called into action and NO TRY is the result.

Mostert knocks it forward from the line-out first.

South Africa lead comfortably at half-time.

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Argentina 6-22 South Africa

40 mins: Argentina are punished from not rolling away from the maul with South Africa earning a penalty right as the buzzer goes for half-time.

They elect to play a scrum and Hendrikse feeds it. Jasper Wiese collects the ball but runs into trouble. South Africa play advantage but are forced back by the Pumas but Gonzlao Bertanou is shown a yellow card for an offside tackle.

South Africa are going to keep this attack going.

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Argentina 6-22 South Africa

36 mins: That try from Marx also gives South Africa a bonus point which is what they’re after. They need a bonus points win to catch up with New Zealand who currently lead the Rugby Championship table.

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TRY! Argentina 6-22 South Africa (Malcolm Marx, 33 mins)

33 mins: Malcolm Marx picks out Lood de Jager from the line-out and the Springboks drive the resultant maul towards the line. Marx is in control at the back and as his team-mates fall away he lunges forward for another try!

Willemse misses the kick from out wide on the left side of the pitch.

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TRY! Argentina 6-17 South Africa (Jaden Hendrikse, 28 mins)

28mins: Jaden Hendrikse sells the dummy and flies between the sticks for his second try of the night and the simple kick is converted by Damian Willemse.



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