South Africa hosted Argentina at Port Elizabeth in June 2003 in what was the third match of the month for Los Pumas who had successfully defeated France in two matches, both in Buenos Aires. Despite these impressive victories, South Africa were still considered as being better - and by quite some distance. Argentina were looking to make history by defeating South Africa for the first time ever. A team called South America, which, in reality was essentially Argentina with a different name due to political issues during the apartheid era had defeated South Africa 21-12 at Bloemfontein in April 1982. The Hugo Porta captained team are, however, to this day, not granted test status which is odd considering British and Irish Lions matches are granted full test status.
The Springboks vs Los Pumas in 2003 was won by the homeside on fulltime after they came fron behind to win with a penalty from flyhalf Louis Koen who would go on to be selected for the crunch World Cup match several months latter vs England. The 26-25 result was another reminder of the need for Argentina to play in an expanded Tri Nations competition. Los Pumas were certainly the better side on the day as they scored three tries to two and played better rugby. Felipe Contepomi scored an amazing try which started from well within the Pumas half and ended following quick hands and backs helping Contepomi reach the line following a maul featuring a 21 yearold playing fullback named Juan Martín Hernández. It was certainly a warning to the world that Los Pumas could compete against any team in the world in away matches.