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Santiago Fernandez celebrates an early try against the Springboks

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Article Published: Friday 16 August 2013

South Africa's Springboks have never lost to Argentina's Pumas but when they last met the Pumas almost pulled off a shock victory.

Argentina came as close as they ever have come to beating South Africa in their last meeting but in the end they had to settle for a 16 all draw at Mendoza.

These teams don't have a lot of history between them as South Africa have played Argentina just 15 times since they first met in November 1993.

Due to the last match ending in a draw Argentina ended a 14 match losing streak to the Springboks who now have a record of winning 93% of their matches against the Pumas.

South Africa have therefore won 14 of the 15 matches between the teams and the average score across all venues is South Africa 39 Argentina 20.

South Africa have played 6 matches against Argentina at home in South Africa but have never played Argentina at the FNB Stadium just outside Soweto.

Two matches have been played in Johannesburg (Ellis Park) and Springboks won both comfortably at 46-26 and 63-9.

When these teams meet in South Africa the average score is South Africa 42 Argentina 20 but in Johannesburg the average score is South Africa 55 Argentina 18.

This weekend's match will be a huge sporting celebration for South Africans. It will be the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day and three of South Africa's teams (in different sporting codes) will be playing one after the other at the same venue. This will no doubt bring a massive amount of home sport for the Springboks.

Just under 95 000 South African fans are expected to pack into the stadium which will provide a highly intimidating atmosphere for the Pumas.

South Africa have played two rugby matches at the FNB Stadium and both were against New Zealand and both were won by New Zealand - 16-32 and 22-29. Coach Heyneke Meyer has stuck to his tried and tested players in spite of a number of them taking up foreign contracts.

The Pumas will be without their captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe which is a massive blow for the visitors.

The Bookies have given Argentina a 16 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Springboks should win this match fairly comfortably with home advantage and a settled team. The Springboks should win by 14.

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

Average score: South Africa 39 Argentina 20

Average score in the Rugby Championship : South Africa 22 Argentina 11

Last five results
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
14 Oct 2007 (WC Semi) South Africa v Argentina 37-13 Stade de France, Paris
05 Nov 2005 South Africa v Argentina 34-23 Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires

South Africa's overall record against Argentina
Played 15 ,Wins 14,Losses, 0 ,Draws 1

South Africa's overall record against Argentina in the Rugby Championship
Played 2 ,Wins 4,Losses, 0, Draws 1

Match No.2 : South Africa v Argentina
Date : 17 Aug 2013
Venue : FNB Stadium, Soweto, South Africa
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1:Pascal Gauzere
Assistant Ref 2:John Lacey
TMO : Eric Gauzins


South Africa

15 Willie le Roux ,14 Bjorn Basson ,13 JJ Engelbrecht ,12 Jean de Villiers (captain) ,11 Bryan Habana ,10 Morne Steyn ,9 Ruan Pienaar ,8 Duane Vermeulen ,7 Willem Alberts ,6 Francois Louw,5 Juandre Kruger ,4 Eben Etzebeth ,3 Jannie du Plessis ,2 Adriaan Strauss,1 Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements :16 Bismarck du Plessis ,17 Gurthro Steenkamp ,18 Coenie Oosthuizen,19 Flip van der Merwe ,20 Siya Kolisi ,21 Fourie du Preez ,22 Pat Lambie ,23 Jan Serfontein


Juan Martin Hernandez; Gonzalo Camacho, Marcelo Bosch, Felipe Contepomi (capt), Juan Imhoff; Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Leonardo Senatore, Juan Martin Leguizamon, Pablo Matera; Patricio Albacete, Manuel Carizza; Matias Diaz, Eusebio Guinazu, Juan Figallo

Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Nahuel Lobo, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Mariano Galarza, Julio Farias Cabello, Tomas Cubelli, Santiago Fernandez, Horacio Agulla

Rugby Championship Standings
Nation Games Points    
1. New Zealand 6 4 1 1 164 91 73 4 22
2. South Africa 6 4 2 0 134 110 24 3 19
3. Australia 6 2 3 1 115 160 -45 1 11
4. Argentina 6 1 5 0 105 157 -52 3 7
Updated each Monday in order to verify with officials
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