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Summary

  1. Play-off result: South Africa 24-13 Argentina
  2. Pietersen, Etzebeth tries, Pollard con & 4 pens for SA
  3. Orlandi try, Sanchez drop-goal, pen & con for Argentina

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By Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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South Africa 24-13 Argentina

Victor Matfield is swigging a bottle of beer handed to him by a female spectator so we're taking our cue from the great second-row, who is soaking up a World Cup atmosphere for one final time, and winding up this live commentary in a bid to make it to last orders. 

After quenching his thirst, Matfield then steps on to a makeshift stage to collect a bronze medal, as do the rest of his team-mates. 

The majority of the crowd have disappeared, though, which means it's definitely time for us to go. Thanks, as always, for joining us. There'll be more live coverage on Saturday for the big one - the final between New Zealand and Australia. 

'A bronze is better than fourth'

South Africa 24-13 Argentina

Victor Matfield
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We would loved to have played tomorrow but unfortunately things didn't go our way. We have a lot of respect for Argentina. A bronze medal is better than fourth place. I'm just so relieved we won the game. We'll have a beer with Schalk Burger and the guys I've spent so much of my life with.

South Africa captain Victor Matfield

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Great seeing #RSA player hugging the #ARG try scorer before even the conversion let alone the final whistle! #RWC2015 #BBCrugby

South Africa beat Argentina

South Africa 24-13 Argentina

If a match was won by possession and territory alone then victory would  have been Argentina's. They had over 90% of possession and territory in the final 10 minutes but by then the match was already lost.  

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South Africa beat Argentina

South Africa 24-13 Argentina

Former England full-back Iain Balshaw sticks up for the South African jackal Francois Louw. 

All the talk is of Pocock and McCaw but @FloLouw is up there being the best back row player in the world!

South Africa beat Argentina

South Africa 24-13 Argentina

Springbok Francois Louw dominated the breakdown, while the South African defence was bulletproof thanks largely to the 6ft 8in Eben Etzebeth who incredibly made 20 tackles - and scored a try. 

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Full-time

South Africa 24-13 Argentina

South Africa will now be known as the team which finished third at the 2015 World Cup. It was possibly the least entertaining match of the tournament, but understandably so. 

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Try - Orlandi; Sanchez conv

South Africa 24-13 Argentina

Replacement Juan Pablo Orlandi flops over a mass of bodies like a salmon swimming upstream and the Argentine behemoth touches down, adding a bit of joy to proceedings at the very end of the match. Even the Springboks are smiling. All that flattening and shoving was eventually worth it. 

Nicolas Sanchez easily converts. Game over. World Cup nearly over. 

Juan Pablo Orlandi scores
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South Africa 24-6 Argentina

Argentina continue to rumble forward. Regardless of the scoreline, the Pumas want to end the match on a high. 

Best fans?

South Africa 24-6 Argentina

BBC Sport's Sonja McLaughlan reckons the Pumas fans are the best...

Fans of the tournament; #ARG honourable mention for #IRE

Argentina fans
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South Africa 24-6 Argentina

Two minutes remaining and the Pumas patiently recycle... running into South Africa's 22m... but body can't do what the mind wants it. That is to be expected after six weeks of intense rugby. 

South Africa 24-6 Argentina

Under five minutes to go and then we can all prepare to watch Graham Norton and whomever is on his sofa this evening. 

Argentina running into a cul de sac - hooker Julian Montoya pushed into touch as the Pumas attempt to weaken South Africa's defence down the blindside. 

Javier Ortega Desio
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South Africa 24-6 Argentina

Bryan Habana did not have his best match in South African colours this evening and the 32-year-old was off colour in the semi-final against the All Blacks. But the winger has, nevertheless, enjoyed a fruitful World Cup, drawing level with Jonah Lomu in the history books. 

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Praise for Louw

South Africa 24-6 Argentina

Bath coach Neal Hatley has some nice words for Bath back-rower - and fellow South African - Francois Louw.

@FloLouw on a different level tonight - him and Pocock the best by some way

South Africa 24-6 Argentina

We're into the final 10 minutes and South Africa have possession in opposition territory. 

The forwards use their brawn before Damian de Allende weaves between defenders but, as has been the story of the match, the attacking team loses possession and a promising period of play ends with a whimper. 

Willie Le Roux
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South Africa 24-6 Argentina

Deary me. Handre Pollard with an ugly-looking kick to touch which arrows straight into Argentine hands. The outside-half messed up touch-finder an example of why this match hasn't been of the highest quality.

Who wants to win a plate?

South Africa 24-6 Argentina

Former England hooker Brian Moore has an idea...

No reflection on the two sides or their efforts tonight but 3/4 play-offs in RWC have to go; plate final would be much better.

Missed penalty - Pollard

South Africa 24-6 Argentina

The crowd hiss as they learn South Africa are going for the points rather than the touchline. Who needs tries, eh? 

Handre Pollard takes aims with the crowd's jeers ringing in his ears and his effort hits the uprights. 

Handre Pollard
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South Africa 24-6 Argentina

Bryan Habana looks skywards and applauds as he soaks up the cheers of the crowd. The winger will have to make do with being the joint top scorer in World Cup history because the 32-year-old will now forever be stuck on 15 tries alongside a fellow prime poacher Jonah Lomu. 

South Africa 24-6 Argentina

Time is against Argentina, and so too is the ball. Nicolas Sanchez again at the heart of a beautifully orchestrated back-line move, but the Pumas can't quite offload successfully. 

A genial bow from Schalk Burger as he leaves the field for the second time. That's probably the last we'll see of Burger, but there could be another encore.  

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Hoping Bryan Habana can hop over the TL in inspired mood to set a rugby world record tonight. #bbcrugby

Bryan Habana
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South Africa 24-6 Argentina

Victor Matfield need tackle no more. The captain's innings comes to an end. That is the last we'll see of him in a Springbok shirt. 

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The fight that's just broken out at least suggests that the game means something to the players. #bbcrugby #RSAvARG

oh this is getting ugly....with everyone smiling.... #bbcrugby

South Africa 24-6 Argentina

South Africa's forwards gaining ground blade by blade... the whitewash is in sight... but Argentina sniff out the ball. 

Oh, and what have we here - a fracas breaks out. How exciting. 

Eben Etzebeth and Tomas Lavanini are grabbing each other by the neck, their team-mates form a circle. Both locks are smiling as the red mist descends. Adriaan Strauss' hand-off on Lucas Noguera Paz seemed to spark the melee. 

Eben Etzebeth and Tomas Lavanini
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South Africa 24-6 Argentina

A gash on Francois Louw's head means Schalk Burger is back on the field. The flanker taking Frank Sinatra's lead when it comes to farewells. At least it gives the spectators something to cheer. 

South Africa 24-6 Argentina

Fuel gauge running low for both sets of players. Twenty minutes or so until their journey ends. Argentina doing all the running, but again and again they run into a green brick wall. 

Leonardo Senatore
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This game proves exactly why 3rd place games are pointless. An absolute dead rubber, no intensity. Even @BryanHabana drops things #bbcrugby

South Africa 24-6 Argentina

What's happening? Nothing too exciting. South Africa have the put-in on the halfway line, but Argentina nick possession... 

Juan Manuel Leguizamon gallops down the blindside before he is gang tackled by Handre Pollard and an unidentifiable team-mate. The move ending before the crowd can truly reach a crescendo. 

South Africa 24-6 Argentina

The men in blue and white are monopolizing possession, but rarely do they have the ball in South Africa's 22m. The Pumas showing the greater attacking intent, but South Africa have a big old feather-soft cuddly cushion of an advantage. 

Nicolas Sanchez
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South Africa 24-6 Argentina

Farewell Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe. The Argentine leaves the field to warm applause and gives Schalk Burger a thumbs up as he trots off. 

Moments later the great Springbok flanker Burger departs. The end of the road for two rugby greats. 

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Penalty - Sanchez

South Africa 24-6 Argentina

The captain's boot as reliable as ever. Three points for Nicolas Sanchez. The Argentine going toe-to-toe with Handre Pollard for the golden boot. 

South Africa 24-3 Argentina

Oh boy, the Pumas mess up the line-out when they were in prime position 10m from the Springbok line. They go again, however. 

Number eight Juan Manuel Leguizamon barging towards the opposition 22m. Flanker Francois Louw comes in at the side, illegally so and, this time, Nicolas Sanchez opts for the posts. 

Argentina line out
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South Africa 24-3 Argentina

The referee's whistle louder than anything else inside the Olympic Stadium. Replacement Adriaan Strauss is caught offside and Nicolas Sanchez decides to boot to touch. Three points would only tickle the scoreboard, a try would rattle it. 

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#bbcrugby why no consistency on checking tries? Clearly a forward pass in that SA try but TMO ignores it!

Penalty - Pollard

South Africa 24-3 Argentina

A beefy run from Jesse Kriel down the right wing, bumping off one would-be tackler and recycling the ball. Argentina are offside, so says John Lacey, and the referee warns captain Nicolas Sanchez that another player could be shown a yellow if they're not careful. 

Victor Matfield tells Handre Pollard to do damage with his boot and the outside-half obliges.

Handre Pollard kicks
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South Africa 21-3 Argentina

Argentina up against it. They must fight their way back into the light but face a seemingly impenetrable South Africa defence.  

Audacious from Willie Le Roux running across his own tryline, directing a looping pass to Bryan Habana who lets the ball slip through his arms. The winger isn't to be trusted with fine china tonight. Plastic cups for the Springbok during post-match drinks. 

Try - Etzebeth

South Africa 21-3 Argentina

Peachy handling from South Africa. Bryan Habana with a no-looker of a pass to Eben Etzebeth and the beefy lock slides over the line on his knees. 

Handre Pollard fails with the difficult touchline conversion. 

Eben Etzebeth scores
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Drop-goal - Sanchez

South Africa 16-3 Argentina

Both teams seemed to be running on empty in the first half, so too the crowd, but a canny dropper from Nicolas Sanchez gives Pumas fans something to cheer. 

Nicolas Sanchez of Argentina
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Kick-off

South Africa 16-0 Argentina

Nicolas Sanchez boots the ball into South Africa territory and we're off. 

South Africa 16-0 Argentina

The penalty which ended the first half took Handre Pollard to the top of the scoring charts. He's a point ahead of tonight's opposite number Nicolas Sanchez who hasn't had a sight on goal this evening. 

In other news, Llandudno are beating Aberystwyth 3-0 at half-time. They're away from home. Incredible. We're commentating on the wrong match, it seems. 

Points scorers
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