Discipline seems to be the Puma's biggest let down
Argies’ have penchant
It should not come as a surprise that discipline was the Pumas’ biggest problem. Tomas Lavanini really sunk his team’s boat with a hugely reckless tackle first up, and then a foolish knock down-penalty try combination – not to mention scuffling with Pieter-Steph du Toit moments before getting that red card.
That, and Augustin Creevy’s poor attitude towards the ref also saw Juan Manuel Leguizamó* take one for the team in the bin.
More concerning perhaps was the Springboks’ need to raise to the bait in a niggly and tense atmosphere. The hostile environment that met them was something new.
Andries Coetzee let his frustrations bubble over after his error saw the Pumas score – this after the red card.
He jumped unnecessarily onto try-scorer Martí* Landajo and was shown yellow for it.
It is fantastic to see a player like Siya Kolisi emerging as a stand-out for this new-age Bok team week-in and week-out.
Kolisi has gone from making his Springbok debut under Heyneke Meyer, and getting shunted around the loose trio, to finally being offered a path of growth and taking it as a premier, modern day, openside flank.
The Springbok brand of rugby has never been associated with audacious counter-attacking and running from their own line, but more and more of it is popping up in a celebration of a skilful side. Kolisi’s second try, which originated from the Pumas knocking on over the Bok line, showed a side of the Springboks that should be exciting fans.
Players like Andries Coetzee and Courtnall Skosan, along with Elton Jantjies and Raymond Rhule, have all graduated from the Super Rugby school of free-flowing rugby and it is good to see it at the national level.
No 9 in deep trouble
Ross Cronjé’s absence was felt – again – by a Bok side that struggled to settle over the first 40 minutes. Francois Hougaard looks like a man going against the grain for a Bok team that is finally starting to all push in the right direction.
His indecision, and difficulty in finding his targets, saw him be easy prey for the rushing Pumas defence. Hougaard was intent on taking a few lateral steps before swinging the pass, leaving Jantjies under huge pressure. The Boks need to find another scrumhalf in the mould of Cronjé and perhaps cut the final foreign Springbok in the current squad.