Springboks beat Argentina, All Blacks nip it against Australia

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Updated: August 19, 2012

South Africa kicked off their Castle Rugby Championship campaign with a solid, workmanlike 27-6 victory over newcomers Argentina at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

But while the Springboks eventually cruised to victory with some ease, and gave Los Pumas a rude welcoming into the Southern Hemisphere competition, they failed to get a bonus point, which could be crucial as the competition runs its course.

SCORERS

South Africa – Tries: Zane Kirchner, Marcell Coetzee, Bryan Habana. Conversions: Morne Steyn (3). Penalty: Steyn (2).

Argentina – Penalties: Juan Martin Hernández (2).

New Zealand landed an early blow in the battle for the inaugural Rugby Championship when they beat Australia 27-19 on Saturday to maintain their iron grip on the Bledisloe Cup.

The World Cup holders raced into an 18-3 lead in the opening game of the newly expanded tournament, which now includes Argentina, through tries by Israel Dagg and Cory Jane before veteran lock Nathan Sharpecrossed just before halftime for the Wallabies’ only try.

SCORERS

AUSTRALIA – Try: Nathan Sharpe. Conversion: Berrick Barnes. Penalties: Berrick Barnes(3).

NEW ZEALAND – Tries: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane. Conversion: Dan Carter. Penalties: Dan Carter(5).

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