S.Africa v Argentina Rugby Championship Preview

Out of the last six Rugby Championship matches between South Africa’s Springboks
and Argentina’s Pumas there has been one draw and South Africa have won five
matches.

Overall South Africa have played Argentina 19 times since 1993 and the Springboks
have won all but one match which ended in a draw. That gives South Africa a
record of winning 95% of their matches against Argentina.

The average score when South Africa play Argentina across all venues is South
Africa 36 Argentina 16.

This weekend the match will be played in South Africa so the Springboks will
have home advantage as they have done on 8 of the 19 matches between the nations.

South Africa have never lost to Argentina at home so they have a 100% record
against the Pumas. The average score when South Africa have played Argentina
at home is South Africa 42 Argentina 17.

So far in this Rugby Championship both of these teams have played Australia
and New Zealand and neither team has won a match so unless there is a draw the
winner will avoid a whitewash this year.

In terms of selection South Africa have been able to start regular captain
Jean de Villiers for his first Test match since November last year (he did feature
against a World XV but this was not a Test).

As a result of De Villiers’ inclusion for the final Test in the Rugby Championship,
Jesse Kriel will move to right wing. The other changes to the team are all injury-enforced.
Marcell Coetzee is back and will take over at flank from Francois Louw, while
Vincent Koch will get his first start for the Boks, in place of Jannie du Plessis.

Marcel van der Merwe (prop) has been pulled up to the bench for his first Test
of 2015, where Lwazi Mvovo (wing) is also back. In the forward replacements
Siya Kolisi and Pieter-Steph Du Toit are both included for the first time since
2013.

Argentina were well beaten last week and they have made 11 changes for this
contest. The most notable is Juan Martin Hernandez starting ahead of Nicolas
Sanchez who has been dropped. Hernandez was the star of Argentina’s 2007 Rugby
World Cup campaign but missed playing against South Africa in the Semi-final
due to injury.

Left winger Juan Imhoff is the only one of the seven backs who started in Mendoza
two Saturdays ago who retains his place. Joaquin Tuculet, Horacio Agulla, Marcelo
Bosch, Jeronimo De la Fuente, Hernandez and Tomas Cubelli will all start.

Loosehead prop Marcos Ayerza and Creevy remain in the front row and Nahuel
Tetaz Chaparro replaces injured tighthead Ramiro Herrera.

The Bookies
have given Argentina a 20 point start for this Match
– with an
offer of a FREE $150 BET.
Argentina’s 11 changes will have
a big impact on this match and they will benefit from the changes more at the
world cup than this weekend. South
Africa are too strong at home and should win this comfortably by 15 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 36 Argentina 16

Last six results
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 South Africa v Argentina 33-31 Salta
Sat, 16 Aug 2014 South Africa v Argentina 13-6 Loftus Versfeld,
Pretoria
Sat, 24 Aug 2013 South Africa v Argentina 22-17 Mendoza
Sat, 17 Aug 2013 South Africa v Argentina 73-13 Soweto, Johannesburg

Sat, 25 Aug 2012 South Africa v Argentina 16-16 Mendoza
Sat, 18 Aug 2012 South Africa v

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