If we arrived on Earth just in time to watch the two Rugby Championship matches played at the weekend without knowing any context, we’d probably reach consensus the Springboks should start as favourites to beat the All Blacks on Saturday.

The world champions were well short of their best in scraping to a fortunate four-point win over Argentina in Buenos Aires. It was an error-ridden and flat performance, with their usual high work rate noticeably absent.

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