The Springboks recorded a bonus-point 36-20 win (halftime 22-6) over Argentina in a typical game of two halves, holding out against a strong fightback from the hosts to finish with two crucial tries to grab the full house of log points in Buenos Aires on Saturday.
The Boks looked good in the first half of their penultimate Castle Lager Rugby Championship Test and kept the scoreboard ticking over at regular intervals.
Apart from a penalty try, Jordan Hendrikse and Malcolm Marx also scored, while Lood de Jager went over right at the end of the first half, only to be denied by an earlier knock-on at the lineout.
Argentina played very well in the second half and with the Boks losing Willie le Roux and Kwagga Smith to the sin bin, the hosts were awarded a penalty try, followed shortly by a converted try by Matias Moroni, which brought them to within two points with 10 minutes to go.
However, the Boks stepped up a gear at the end and Damian de Allende added his name to the score sheet before Marx went over in the corner for the crucial try that secured the bonus point.
It was a fantastic outcome after drug allegations has threatened to distract the Springboks from their mission to win in Argentina, with SA Rugby declaring the rumours were a deliberate attempt to sabotage the Springboks.
Springboks 36 (22) – Tries: Penalty try, Jaden Hendrikse, Malcolm Marx (2), Damian de Allende. Conversions: Damian Willemse, Frans Steyn (2). Penalty goal: Willemse.
Argentina 20 (6) – Tries: Penalty try, Matias Moroni. Conversion: Emiliano Boffelli. Penalty goals: Boffelli (2).