The first half was a war of attrition, three Pollard penalties giving the Springboks a lead as they sought to overpower Wales up front and kick them into submission. South Africa deserved to win - Gatland Dan Biggar dragged Wales level with a penalty early in the second half, but then Damian de Allende burst through the Welsh defensive line to put South Africa ahead. Wales sensed they had to go for broke and, after boldly opting for a scrum rather than a penalty in front of the posts against their hulking opponents, they worked the ball wide for Josh Adams to dive over for a converted try that made it Josh Adams is the top try scorer at the tournament with six That set up a captivating final 10 minutes in which Wales drove forward in desperate search of the score that would keep alive their hopes of ending Warren Gatland's reign with the ultimate prize in rugby. But they were denied as Pollard struck a fourth and match-winning penalty in the 76th minute.
The All Blacks sit one point behind the Springboks in the standings and will face old rivals Australia in Perth earlier on Saturday. Australia, New Zealand and South Africa all still have the chance to lift the trophy, who will it be?
South Africa are the current Rugby Championship holders, winning the tournament for the first time since the Tri-Nations. Argentina did not win a match during the Rugby Championship, losing all three fixtures despite playing twice in South America.
SA can clinch the Castle Lager Rugby Championship for the first time since - they just need to beat the Pumas with a bonus point. The match will start at p.
The Springboks have little reason to make any other changes to the side, which is coming off an impressive draw against New Zealand in Wellington. Coupled with their win over the Wallabies in their opener, that puts them in a great position to end the All Blacks' reign over the tournament.
With this year's World Cup less than two months away, Saturday's clash is about more than just the Rugby Championship. Both teams will try to build momentum heading into the World Cup, and they will believe they're in a great position to do so.
Argentina are winless so far in the tournament, but they lost their two matches by a combined 10 points. New Zealand, in particular, had to dig deep in Buenos Aires, holding on for a win. The two teams have met three times in Salta, and the Springboks hold a advantage.