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Watch: Springboks get hit for a try with the same play as Pumas copy Wallabies

By Sam Smith

Argentina gave the Springboks an almighty scare after two tries in three minutes cut the deficit to just two points with quarter of an hour to go.


After receiving a penalty try when Kwagga Smith was yellow carded, deemed to have prevented Tomas Cubelli from scoring with a tackle around the neck, the Pumas called a move that was recently used by the Wallabies and got the same result.

In the Wallabies 25-17 win over South Africa in Adelaide, the bait and switch ruck play saw Noah Lolesio make a break up the middle next to the breakdown before throwing a back hand flip pass to openside Fraser McReight who swan-dived over.

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Argentinian midfielder Matias Moroni was the recipient on this occasion, ripping through the heart of the South African ruck defence with the same planned strike play.

Tomas Cubelli ran the fake wrap around Marcos Kremer before the Pumas flanker played the centre through the yawning gap.

Moroni split the cover defence of the two Springbok wingers, Canan Moodie and Makazole Mapimpi, before slamming the ball down with one hand under the posts.

There was a question mark over the pass and the put down but the TMO cleared both to award Argentina the try, which was one of the best highlights of the game.


The Pumas couldn’t stop the Springboks hitting back five minutes later when centre Damian de Allende powered over from close range through multiple defenders in the 75th minute to essentially seal the game.

South Africa then scored their best try of the test with less than twenty seconds remaining to secure the all important bonus point, attacking the left hand edge and finding a break through Mapimpi.

The left wing found hooker Malcolm Marx backing up on the inside to dive over for the crucial score.



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