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Springboks rely on 2nd-half surge to see off Argentina 34-21

Springboks rely on 2nd-half surge to see off Argentina 34-21

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa scored four tries in the second half to come from behind and beat Argentina 34-21 in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, avoiding a second straight surprise defeat to the Pumas in Durban.

The Springboks scored first but trailed 14-10 at halftime after Argentina hit back with tries by Nicolas Sanchez and Pablo Matera at Kings Park, where the Argentines won their first test over South Africa in 2015.

This time, South Africa replied with three tries and 17 unanswered points in the first 15 minutes of the second half, with wingers Aphiwe Dyantyi and Makazole Mapimpi each completing a double.

South Africa dominated territory throughout but wasted opportunities in attack and was sloppy again with 13 minutes left to gift Argentina center Matias Moroni an intercept try and the Pumas a chance to steal the game at 27-21 to South Africa.

Scrumhalf Faf de Klerk's snipe from close range, the sixth try for the Boks, put the game beyond doubt and gave coach Rassie Erasmus a winning start in the Rugby Championship.

Argentina was also playing under a new coach, with Mario Ledesma only taking over at the beginning of the month.