Bronze consolation for Springboks

South African winger Bryan Habana and flyhalf Handre Pollard fell just short in their bids for individual records despite helping the Springboks to a 24-13 win over Argentina in the bronze medal playoff at the Olympic Stadium on Friday.

Rugby World Cup 2015 Live: Third place playoff: South Africa v Argentina

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 17:  Victor Matfield of the Springboks calls the lineout during the Tri-Nations match between the New Zealand All Blacks and South African Springboks at the Westpac Stadium on July 17, 2010 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images)

Follow our interactive matchtracker for full live coverage of the third place play-off as South Africa take on Argentina.

The Pumas disguised in Wallabies gold

right Head Coach Michael Cheika and Wallabies forwards scrum coach Mario Ledesma .
Photography Brendan Esposito
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Chris Dutton   Argentinian passion never dies – just ask former Wallabies and Pumas prop Patricio Noriega, who was torn between his two loves when his rugby worlds crashed into each other 13 years ago.

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Australian Rugby bosses should have defended Joubert

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Spiro Zavos   Referee Craig Joubert has been unfairly treated.

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Pocock and Folau to play, but Scott Sio ruled out

Late call: A decision on David Pocock's inclusion in the Wallabies line-up for the semi-final against Argentina will be made at the captain's run.

Georgina Robinson   Australia's World Cup semi-final hopes have been given a massive boost after influential starters David Pocock and Israel Folau were named to start against Argentina on Sunday.

Your handy guide to getting on the Wallabies bandwagon

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Malcolm Knox   The Wallaby ABC - It's easy as 1 2 3. As simple as, do re mi.

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Fearless Pumas ready to crush Wallabies

Argentina halfback Tomas Cubelli says the Pumas will play without fear against Australia.

Chris Dutton   Argentina halfback Tomas Cubelli says freedom of expression will allow the Pumas to open up and play "without fear" as they chase their first World Cup final berth.

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How a Puma's pride, passion and tears resonates among Wallabies

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Rupert Guinness   Tighthead prop who respresented Australia and Argentina was in tears after addressing Wallabies before clash with Pumas in 2002.

Foley's no Maverick as the Iceman steps up

Having the time of his life: Bernard Foley.

Chris Dutton   Everyone wants to be Maverick because he gets the girl at the end of Top Gun, but Bernard Foley is happy to be the Wallabies' 'Iceman' as they chase World Cup glory.

Slipper spies redemption after horror pass against Scotland

Putting in the hard yards: James Slipper trains.

Georgina Robinson   James Slipper has revealed he felt "sick in the stomach" in the aftermath of the pass that almost cost Australia their spot in the World Cup semi-finals this weekend.

We're all hypocrites when it comes to referees

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Paul Cully   The scrambling for the moral high ground on both sides of the Craig Joubert debate is farcical - we are all guilty of naked self-interest in our treatment of whistleblowers.

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Wallabies put 'irrelevant' referee drama aside

Referee Craig Joubert shows a yellow card to Sean Maitland.

Chris Dutton   Forget the controversy and move on to the semi-final. That's the message coming out of Wallabies camp as they attempt to bury the lingering referee drama of their tense quarter-final win.

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Debate aside, Wallabies decide what happens next

Michael Cheika has urged his Wallabies team to believe in themselves.

Georgina Robinson   LONDON: It does not matter whether the Wallabies deserved to make the semi-final, only whether they would be satisfied with only making the semi-final.

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Argentina plotting for Ireland, 'the best in Europe'

Game on: Agustin Creevy runs the ball up.

Ed Osmond   Argentina have beaten Ireland twice in three previous World Cup meetings, but that means nada, says Los Pumas coach.

Omens, a 115kg horseman ... and Serge Blanco?

Open minded: Wales coach Warren Gatland.

Richard Shute   Wales coach Warren Gatland is banking on a slice of luck, and a small amount of superstition, as the Springboks loom large.

Ayerza putting Irish heritage to one side

"When I have time in the off-season I try to ride still and play polo for fun - I know I'm bigger than the average jockey!": Marcos Ayerza.

Part-Irishman and accomplished polo player Marcos Ayerza is itching to take down the land of his forefathers with Argentina's secret scrummaging weapon.

Pumas confident of beating Irish

"I know Ireland has European teams but for us it has become a nice challenge, a great derby:" Juan Martin Hernandez.

Juan Martin Hernandez believes Argentina can prove Ireland's World Cup scourge once more in a fourth "El Clasico".

Rugby World Cup 2015: Maradona brings 'royalty' to Argentina match

Different kind of royalty: Diego Maradona.

Simon Briggs   After appearances from Prince Harry and Prince William during the early stages of this World Cup, Argentina enjoyed a visit from a different kind of royalty

Rugby World Cup 2015: Argentina beat Tonga

Heading to the semis? Pablo Matera on the charge for the Pumas.

Argentina all but secured their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals as they subdued Tonga's physicality and flair to claim a 45-16 bonus-point victory in Leicester on Sunday.

Cordero snatches World Cup chance with both hands

Over: Santiago Cordero scores his team's sixth try against Georgia.

Rex Gowar   In April, Santiago Cordero was wondering what career to pursue. In his team's World Cup win over Georgia he became a hero.