LONDON: Handre Pollard kicked 14 points to help South Africa to a 24-13 win over Argentina in the bronze medal third-place playoff at the Olympic Stadium last night but fell agonisingly short of becoming the leading pointscorer at the Rugby World Cup.
Pollard booted four penalties and one conversion to take his total points tally for the tournament to 93 but ended four behind Argentine flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez, who replied with a drop goal, a penalty and a last-minute conversion in the match between the two beaten semi-finalists.
The Springboks, whose coach Heyneke Meyer had described the third place playoff as akin to kissing your sister, dominated the game from the outset, finishing with two tries.
JP Pietersen scored the first in the sixth minute when he dived over in the right corner then giant lock Eben Etzebeth crashed over out wide early in the second half.
Argentina pressed all match without ever really looking dangerous but their efforts were rewarded with a consolation try after the siren by replacement prop Juan Pablo Orlandi.