South African prostitute Malcolm Marks made a last-minute effort to secure a 36-20 victory over Argentina on bonus points at the Libertadores de América stadium in Buenos Aires on Saturday and keep the Springboks in the hunt for the rugby title.

The win lifted Springboks 14 points in the table, level with New Zealand. Next weekend in Durban they will host Argentina and the All Blacks will be at home in Australia.

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Guests scored goals from the penalty spot: one scrum midfielder Jayden Hendrix and center Damian de Allende and two Marks.

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South Africa dominated the first half with their power play and took a 22-6 lead at half-time, but gave them a scare in the second period when Argentina bounced back in the last 15 minutes to take it to 22:20. Boxing pulled back.

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The hosts were also awarded a penalty and center Matias Moroni scored.

“Coming here is very difficult. Argentines are very passionate people and they are proud of their rugby. It was very special for us to get the bonus point,” said Bok captain Sia Kolisi at the post-match presentation.

“Argentina played very well, it was a great battle. It was hard for us and we had to come together as a group.”

It was a classic two-half game and South Africa really should have been ahead on the scoreboard at half-time.

Every time they used their muscular attackers they made yards and made Argentina concede penalties, but when they dribbled down the backline they made unforced errors that took the pressure off.

Boxing was penalized midway through the half when Argentine striker Santiago Carreras was unable to return to the game, tackling Kanan Moody and preventing Hendrix from making a point in the corner.

The scrimmage midfielder really crossed in when he noticed a huge gap in the hosts’ defense due to the incessant pressure, and Marks then made his first shot as the pits simply had too much power for their hosts.

Argentina went into the second half with big fire in their stomachs and although it took them 25 minutes to score on the board, they made the ‘boxes’ struggle on defense and were the dominant team for a while.

Quagga Smith awarded them a penalty for an illegal tackle, who got a yellow card and joined Willy le Roux in the wastebasket as there were 13 players left in Box’s roster.

When Moroni crossed and scored two minutes later, all momentum was on Argentina’s side, who were two points behind.

But in the final 10 minutes, the ‘boxes’ regained their composure, with new goals from De Allende and a second from Marx to earn a bonus point, sealing the win and continuing to put pressure on New Zealand in the competition.

“In the first half we were not where we wanted to be in terms of defense and discipline,” said Argentina captain Julian Montoya. “In the second half our mood was much better and we kept going. But that wasn’t enough.

“We have to learn from this, you have to play 80 minutes if you want to beat the world champions.”