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Gonzalo Camacho on the burst for Argentina

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Article Published: Friday 15 August 2014|

Out of the last five matches between South Africa's Springboks and Argentina's Pumas the Springboks have won four and drawn one.

The Springboks have played Argentina 17 times since 1993 and they have won 16 times.

That history gives the Springboks a record of winning 94% of their matches against the Pumas.

The average score when South Africa play Argentina across all venues is South Africa 40 Argentina 19.

This week the match will be played at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria which is a home venue for South Africa.

South Africa have had home advantage over Argentina on 7 of the 17 matches between the teams but they have never met in Pretoria before.

Pretoria , Johannesburg and Springs are all at altitude and the teams have played each other 4 times at altitude. The records show that it is at altitude that the Pumas struggle the most against South Africa.

The first test match between the teams at altitude was in 1994 at Ellis Park when the Springboks won 46-26. The next match at altitude was in Springs and the Boks won that match 49-29.

In 2008 South Africa played Argentina again at Ellis Park and the Boks won 63-9. The last time they met at altitude was last year in August in Soweto and the Boks won 73-13.

In terms of form Argentina have not been at their best since they joined the Rugby Championship. A string of losses led to coach Santiago Phelan being replaced by Daniel Hourcade and there is a new style of play and a change of mood in the camp since he took over late last year.

The Pumas will go into the match better prepared than ever before in the Rugby Championship as they played three Tests in June and have warmed up with matches against a French Top 14 side.

The All Blacks have made the headlines this week as they are looking for their 18th consecutive victory but the Springboks are also on a winning streak as they have won their last six matches against all teams.

They go into the match having gone through the June Internationals unbeaten and have had an extra week to prepare as the South African Super Rugby teams were eliminated a week earlier than the Australian and New Zealand teams.

The Pumas have made two changes for this match with Horacio Agulla on the right wing replacing Juan Imhoff who is injured.

The other change to the side is Juan Martin Hernandez replacing Jeronimo de la Fuente at inside centre.

The Springboks have handed a debut to Damian de Allende who has impressed this season with the Stormers in Super Rugby. Bulls flyhalf Handre Pollard has been given the starting jersey as coach Heyneke Meyer knows was Morne Steyn offers and wanted to experiment with some new blood. In forwards Bakkies Botha is back from France and gives the Boks a bit more physicality.

The Bookies have given Argentina a 26 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. Argentina may be a lot better prepared this year but they are up against the Springboks at home and at altitude. Loftus Versfeld is a tough place for visiting to win at any level and the Springboks should win this comfortably. South Africa should win by 17 or more.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD

Average score: South Africa 39 Argentina 18

Last five results
24 Aug 2013 South Africa v Argentina 22-17 Mendoza
17 Aug 2013 South Africa v Argentina 73-13 Soweto, Johannesburg
25 Aug 2012 South Africa v Argentina 16-16 Mendoza
18 Aug 2012 South Africa v Argentina 27-6 Newlands, Cape Town
09 Aug 2008 South Africa v Argentina 63-9 Ellis Park, Johannesburg

South Africa's overall record against Argentina
Played 17 , Wins 16 , Losses 0 , Draws 1

Match No.2: South Africa v Argentina
Date :16 August 2014
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa
Referee: John Lacey
Assistant Ref 1:Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 2:Marius Mitrea
TMO : McDowell


South Africa

15. Willie le Roux , 14. Cornal Hendricks , 13. Damian de Allende , 12. Jean de Villiers (c) , 11. Bryan Habana , 10. Handre Pollard , 9. Ruan Pienaar , 8. Duane Vermeulen , 7. Willem Alberts , 6. Francois Louw , 5. Lood de Jager , 4. Bakkies Botha , 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (vc) , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16. Adriaan Strauss , 17. Trevor Nyakane , 18. Frans Malherbe , 19. Eben Etzebeth , 20. Marcell Coetzee , 21. Francois Hougaard , 22. Morne Steyn , 23. Jan Serfontein


Joaquin Tuculet; Horacio Agulla, Marcelo Bosch, Juan Martin Hernandez, Manuel Montero; Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Pablo Matera; Tomas Lavanini, Mariano Galarza; Ramiro Herrera, Agustin Creevy (capt), Marcos Ayerza

Replacements: Matias Cortese, Lucas Noguera Paz, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Matias Alemanno, Leonardo Senatore, Tomas Cubelli, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.

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