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.