SOWETO, South Africa - South Africa crushed Argentina 73-13 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto on Saturday to set the early pace in the Rugby Championship.
The bonus-point win over rivals who had two forwards sin-binned put the Springboks level with New Zealand on five points, but well ahead on points difference.
South Africa scored nine tries to open their championship campaign emphatically, avenging a surprise 16-16 draw between the teams in their last meeting a year ago with the biggest win in the southern hemisphere competition.
The Springboks took control at FNB Stadium in Soweto from a 30th-minute penalty try and crossed seven times in the second half to keep Argentina winless in seven games in the four-nation competition.
South Africa moved powerfully to a seventh straight Test win under coach Heyneke Meyer, with five-eighth Morne Steyn kicking 28 points.
The Boks had eight different tryscorers after the penalty try and kept a meek Argentina scoreless from the 23rd minute until their only try through Felipe Contepomi in the last minute.