Koen saves the Springboks

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  • Monday, 30 Jun 2003

CLOSE CALL: South Africa's Gcobani Bobo (left) breaks through a tackle by Argentina's Mauricio Reggiardo during their one-off rugby Test match in South Africa on Saturday. South Africa won 26-25. - EPApic

PORT ELIZABETH (South Africa): Flyhalf Louis Koen kicked a penalty after the siren had sounded to give South Africa a fraught 26-25 victory over Argentina on Saturday. 

Argentina were denied their first win over the Springboks in nine attempts by a flawless kicking display from Koen, who scored 16 points from two conversions and four penalties. The Pumas had looked set to add another major scalp to their collection following their 2-0 home series win over France as they scored three tries in the middle portion of the match to lead 25-16 with only 11 minutes remaining. 

But a Springbok try by replacement wing Brent Russell, converted by Koen, put the Springboks back within one score of saving the game and an increasingly tattered reputation after two indifferent displays against Scotland. – Reuters 

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