2007 Rugby World Cup: South Africa 37 - 13 Argentina

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Sunday, October 14, 2007

October 14, 2007
21:00 (UTC+2)
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'

South Africa have beaten Argentina 37 - 13 in the second semi-final of the 2007 Rugby World Cup at the Stade de France, Saint-Denis, France.

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.

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