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Springboks finish 3rd at Rugby World Cup

Springboks finish 3rd at Rugby World Cup after subduing Pumas 24-13

Springboks finish 3rd at Rugby World Cup

LONDON (AP) -- South Africa finished third in the Rugby World Cup after subduing Argentina 24-13 on Friday in a consolation playoff that only the players will remember.

Both sides were earnest and willing at Olympic Stadium in a game that was watchable, including a couple of shoving contests that roused the sellout crowd of almost 56,000.

But the Springboks, pragmatic to the end, scored only two tries and none to Bryan Habana, who had some half-chances to claim the World Cup's all-time tries record to himself and was replaced with 13 minutes to go.

The Pumas were handicapped by wholesale changes and lacked cohesion. Marcos Ayerza, arguably the world's best loosehead prop, strained his hamstring in training and had to withdraw, the 10th change to their starting lineup. It took them until the second minute of injury time to score their only try.


Updated : 2021-09-26 00:13 GMT+08:00