Rugby Union: Springboks sweep past Argentina

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Six Springboks scored tries as South Africa romped to a 44-21 victory in the second and final Test over Argentina in Buenos Aires yesterday.

The Springboks jumped out to a 12-0 lead by the seventh minute, scoring a converted try by Japie Mulder after only two minutes, followed by another from Mark Andrews five minutes later. The Pumas rallied strongly courtesy of a Jose Cilley penalty and a converted try by Rolando Martin to close the gap to 12-10. However, another pair of tries by Ruben Kruger and Andre Venter in the 24th and 37th minutes respectively gave the visitors a 27- 15 half-time lead.

James Small and Hennie le Roux added second-half tries for the Springboks, with the Argentinians replying through a Nicolas Fernandez Miranda try and penalties from Cilley and his replacement, Gonzalo Quesada.

The victory, before a crowd of 20,000 at Ferro Carril Oeste Stadium, concluded South Africa's four-match Argentinian tour, which also included last Saturday's 46-15 Test win.