Argentina beats Springboks in Ledesma's first home test

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Handre Pollard of South Africa, center, runs with the ball during a rugby Championship match against Argentina, in Mendoza, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Prados)

Handre Pollard of South Africa, center, runs with the ball during a rugby Championship match against Argentina, in Mendoza, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Prados) (Photo: Gonzalo Prados)

MENDOZA, Argentina (AP) — Argentina beat South Africa in coach Mario Ledesma's first home test in charge as the Pumas produced a rampaging first-half performance in a 32-19 victory in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

The hosts scored four touchdowns and flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez collected a try and 17 points in total to give Argentina its third win over South Africa, all coming in the last three years.

Argentina led 27-7 at halftime and 32-7 early in the second half despite South Africa captain Siya Kolisi having claimed the game's first try.

Siya Kolisi of South Africa, scores a try during a rugby Championship match against Argentina in Mendoza, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Prados)
Siya Kolisi of South Africa, scores a try during a rugby Championship match against Argentina in Mendoza, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Prados)
Siya Kolisi of South Africa, center left, runs with the ball during a rugby Championship match against Argentina in Mendoza, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Prados)
Siya Kolisi of South Africa, center left, runs with the ball during a rugby Championship match against Argentina in Mendoza, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Prados)
Malcolm Marx of South Africa, center, is tackled by Juan Figallo of Argentina, during a rugby Championship match in Mendoza, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Prados)
Malcolm Marx of South Africa, center, is tackled by Juan Figallo of Argentina, during a rugby Championship match in Mendoza, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Prados)
Siya Kolisi of South Africa, center, runs with the ball during a rugby Championship match against Argentina, in Mendoza, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Prados)
Siya Kolisi of South Africa, center, runs with the ball during a rugby Championship match against Argentina, in Mendoza, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Prados)
Handre Pollard of South Africa, center, runs with the ball during a rugby Championship match against Argentina, in Mendoza, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Prados)
Handre Pollard of South Africa, center, runs with the ball during a rugby Championship match against Argentina, in Mendoza, Argentina, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Gonzalo Prados)

Ledesma's team scored three tries in the space of eight minutes in the first half, wrestling control with a double by right wing Bautista Delguy and one by Sanchez.

It was a first test win this year for Argentina, which lost three straight home games in June to see the end of former coach Daniel Hourcade.

Ledesma started with a loss to the Springboks in South Africa last weekend.

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