South Africa’s lead at the top of the World Rugby Men’s Rankings is back to over five points following their second victory in as many tests against Argentina in the Rugby Championship.
Jacques Nienaber’s side followed up their 32-12 win at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth the previous Saturday with a similarly comfortable 29-10 victory at the same venue.
Five Handré Pollard penalties to one from Domingo Miotti saw the Springboks lead 15-3 at the end of a scrappy first half.
Tries from winger Makazole Mapimpi and hooker Malcolm Marx early in the second half extended the world champions’ advantage before Pablo Matera crossed late on for a consolation try for the visitors.
South Africa picked up 0.29 of a rating point for the victory and their lead over the All Blacks is now up to 5.20 points.
Meanwhile, Argentina drop back down to seventh place as a result of the defeat, with Australia moving back up to sixth.