Argentina claimed their first table points in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, holding South Africa to a draw at their first home fixture.
Adding Argentina to the old Tri Nations tournament was always going to be a positive move, but I expecected them to struggle for the first few seasons and last weeks match at Newlands certainly did nothing to change my mind about that. But at home the Pumas are a different prospect and were unlucky not to come away with a win over Rugby powerhouse South Africa.
Foxsports gave this match report.
Argentina mark their home Rugby Championship debut with 16-all draw against South Africa
South Africa scored 10 unanswered second-half points to snatch a lucky 16-16 draw with newcomers Argentina in their Rugby Championship match in Mendoza.
A Morne Steyn penalty cut the deficit to seven points before Francois Steyn charged down a kick by Marcelo Bosch and raced through to touch down for a converted try.
It was a bitter-sweet day for Argentina in front of a near-capacity crowd in the 45,000-seater as they ended a run of 14 consecutive losses against the Springboks since the first Test between them in Buenos Aires 19 years ago.
But happiness at banishing the jinx was mixed with disappointment at not winning a game they controlled for long stages through superb commitment in the tackle and at the breakdown.
Argentina led 13-3 at half-time against subdued opponents and it took South Africa 57 minutes to threaten a try only for Patrico Albacete to turn the ball over with the Springboks deep inside the 22.
Morne Steyn also made a 11-point contribution via three penalties and a conversion, but failed twice, including a late chance to win the Test with a penalty kick near the touchline.
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In Auckland Australia went down an embarrassing 22 points to nil against the old enemy (New Zealand). Quite honestly, the less said about that the better. But we may post a match report shortly if we can deal with the humiliation.