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Young Boks praised for win

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Monday, August 18, 2014

PRETORIA - South Africa coach Heyneke Meyer hailed newcomers Handre Pollard and Lood de Jager after starting their Rugby Championship campaign with a laboured 13-6 home win over Argentina.

It was a Test the Springboks were expected to win convincingly, but monsoon-like conditions put paid to any hopes of a try fest at Loftus Versfeld stadium in Pretoria.

The result gave South Africa an early lead in the southern hemisphere championship with four points, two more than Australia and title-holders New Zealand, who drew 12-12 in Sydney.

Argentina collected a losing bonus point and are relishing the chance to tackle the Springboks again at home next weekend in Salta.

Bulls fly-half Pollard and Cheetahs lock De Jager debuted in a 55-6 Port Elizabeth romp over Scotland two months ago.

And Meyer liked what he saw when they got a second chance to stake claims for places in the 2015 Rugby World Cup squad.