2007 Rugby World Cup: South Africa 37 - 13 Argentina
Sunday, October 14, 2007
|October 14, 2007|
|South Africa||37 - 13||Argentina||Stade de France, Saint-Denis|
Referee: Steve Walsh
|Tries: F du Preez 7' c
B Habana (2) 32' c, 76' c
D Rossouw 40' c
Con: P Montgomery (4/4)
Pen: P Montgomery (3/3) 17', 71', 75'
|Try: M Contepomi 45' c|
Con: F Contepomi (1/1)
Pen: F Contepomi (2/4) 15', 30'
The first try of the match came in the seventh minute when Fourie du Preez gave South Africa the lead after a seventy metre run. Percy Montgomery added the conversion and South Africa led 7 - 0. Felipe Contepomi kicked a penalty to score Argentina's first points in the fifteenth minute, but Percy Montgomery restored South Africa's seven point lead with a penalty two minutes later. A second penalty from Felipe Contepomi brought the score to 10 - 6. However tries from Bryan Habana and Danie Rossouw gave South Africa a 24 - 6 lead at half time.
Soon after the interval Manuel Contepomi scored a try for Argentina to reduce the deficit to eleven points. Neither side could find a breakthrough for the next 25 minutes, but two Percy Montgomery penalties and a second try from Bryan Habana secured the match for South Africa.
South Africa, champions in 1995, will face defending champions England in the final, a repeat of an earlier pool match which South Africa won 36 - 0. Meanwhile, Argentina will play hosts France in the third place match. Argentina previously defeated France 17 - 12 in the opening match of the tournament.