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The Rugby Championship moves to Argentina for the second match in Round 2 as the Pumas host South Africa’s Springboks.

South Africa came from behind last week to beat Argentina 30-23 in Nelspruit but this week it will Argentina who will have home advantage.

While Argentina earned their first victory over the Springboks last year iun Durban they have never beaten South Africa in Argentina but they did come close in 2012 when they drew 16 all. At the time Argentina were ranked 9th and South Africa 3rd.

Both teams enjoy the same rankings but one could argue that Argentina are on the rise while South Africa are either in decline or stagnant which makes this match all the more exciting as the Pumas first victory over the Springboks could be very close.

Overall Argentina have played South Africa 23 times since 1993 and they have won 1, drawn 1 and lost 21. This gives them a record of winning just 4% of their matches.

In Argentina the Pumas have played South Africa 11 times and they have lost all but one. Their best result was the 2012 draw.

The average score when Argentina play South Africa in Argentina is Argentina 20 South Africa 34.

In terms of selection Springbok coach Allister Coetzee has made one change to the side that played last week as Vincent Koch earns his first Test start and comes in as replacement for the injured Julian Redelinghuys.

As a result of Koch’s promotion, Lourens Adriaanse moves onto the bench for what could be his second Springbok cap. Also amongst the replacements, the Springboks have opted for the experienced Morné Steyn, who will give the team an extra kicking-option, in place of Juan de Jongh.

Argentina head coach Daniel Hourcade has retained the team from last weekend for this match. His starting line up is the same but there is one change on the replacements bench where Lucas González Amorosino comes in to replace Ramiro Moyano.

The last time these teams met in Salta was in 2014 and the Springboks edged the match 31-33.

The Bookies have given Argentina a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Argentina have always played better at home and this week should be no different. With home advantage they should be able to hold on just a few minutes more for a historic victory. Argentina should edge this by 1. 

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD.

Average score: Argentina 19 South Africa 36

Last five results
Sat, 20 Aug 2016 Argentina v South Africa 23-30 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Fri, 30 Oct 2015 3&4 PO Argentina v South Africa 13-24 Olympic Stadium, London
Sat, 15 Aug 2015 Argentina v South Africa 12-26 Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires
Sat, 08 Aug 2015 Argentina v South Africa 37-25 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 Argentina v South Africa 31-33 Salta

Argentina’s overall record against South Africa
Played 23 , Wins 1 , Losses 21, Draws 1

Match No.4:Argentina v South Africa
Date : 27 Aug 2016
Venue : Estadio Martearena, Salta
Kick Off local: 16.40
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant Ref 1:Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant Ref 2:Ben O’Keeffe (New Zelaand)
TMO : George Ayoub (Australia)

Teams

Argentina

15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Felipe Arregui, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Lucas González Amorosino

South Africa

15 Johan Goosen, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Oupa Mohoje, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements : 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Jaco Kriel, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Morne Steyn, 23, Jesse Kriel

 

 

 

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