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2004 South Africa rugby union tour of Argentina and Europe

The 2004 South Africa rugby union tour of Argentina and Europe was a series of matches played by the Springboks during November and December 2004 in Great Britain, Ireland, and Argentina.

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Their goal of obtaining a Grand Slam failed due to losses against Ireland and England. While the Springboks were in the British Isles, the South Africa A team made a three match tour of Argentina.

The Springboks tourEdit


In the first match, South Africa obtained a narrow victory over Wales thanks to a great performance from their goal kicker Percy Montgomery.[1]

6 November 2004
Wales   36–38   South Africa
Try: Henson 2, Peel
Con: S.Jones 3
Pen: S.Jones 5
Try: de Villiers, Montgomery
van der Westhuyzen, van Niekerk
Con: Montgomery 3
Pen: Montgomery 4
Millennium, Cardiff
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: PaddyO'Brien  


The dream of obtaining the Grand Slam vanished in the second match. Ronan O' Gara on one side, and Percy Montgomery on the other, were the only scorers for their respective teams. Ireland obtained their first victory against the Springboks in 39 years.[2]

13 November 2004
Ireland   17–12   South Africa
Try: O'Gara
Pen: O'Gara 3
Drop: O'Gara
Pen: Montogmery 4
Lansdowne Road, Dublin
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Paul Honiss  


England, led by fly-half Charlie Hodgson, beat South Africa for a sixth consecutive time, in the match which featured the debut of Brian Habana[3]

20 November 2004
England   32–16   South Africa
Try: Cueto, Hodgson
Con: Hodgson 2
Pen: Hodgson 5
Drop: Hodgson
Try: Habana
Con: Montgomery
Pen: Montgomery 3
Twickenham, London
Attendance: 73,000
Referee: A. Rolland  


The Springboks defeated Scotland easily in the fourth match of the tour.[4]

27 November 2004
Scotland   10–45   South Africa
Try: penalty try
Con: Paterson
Pen: Paterson
Try: Fourie, Habana 2,
Tyibilika, van der Westhuyzen
Con: Montgomery 4
Pen: Montgomery
Drop: van der Westhuyzen 3
Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Attendance: 44,237
Referee: Nigel Williams  


The last match against the "Pumas" was won by South Africa, with many of Argentina's best players remaining in Europe to play for their clubs.[5]

4 December 2004
Argentina   7–39   South Africa
Try: Artese
Con: J. Fernandez Miranda
Try: Cronje, du Preez
du Toit 2, Joubert
Con: du Toit 4
Pen: du Toit 2
Estadio J.Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Chris White  

South Africa "A" tourEdit

South Africa "A" won all three of their tour matches in Argentina.

6 November 2004
Argentina "A"   29–33   South Africa A
Try: Leonelli, Vernet Basualdo,
Avramovic, Guiñazu
Con: JC Fernández Miranda
Pen: JC Fernández Miranda 3
Try: Seconds, Jantjes
Brits, Jacobs
Con: Pretorius 4
Stadium of B.A. C & R, Buenos Aires
Referee: Daniel Jabase  
9 November 2004
Buenos Aires 28–47   South Africa A

13 November 2004
Provincias Argentinas   7–40   South Africa A
Try: Scarpatti
Con: G.Bustos.
Try: Seconds (2), O. Ndungane
A. Ettienne, E.Botha
Con: A. Pretorius 4 W. De Waal 2
la Tablada, Córdoba
Referee: Marcelo Toscano  

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Monty is ruthless but Wales rally at death". The Observer. 7 November 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  2. ^ * "O'Gara inspires historic win". 15 November 2004. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  3. ^ * "England break free from burden of past glories". The Guardian. 22 November 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  4. ^ * "Van der Westhuyzen and Habana overwhelm bedraggled Scotland". The Observer. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  5. ^ *Union Argentina de Rugby (December 2004). "MEMORIA Temporada año 2004" (PDF) (in Spanish). Archived from the original (.pdf) on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 28 June 2013.