South Africa vs Argentina : SouthSouth Africa have named a new front row for their Rugby Championship showdown with Argentina in Salta on Saturday as they seek a first title in the competition since 2009.
South Africa vs Argentina
Africa will control their own destiny when they face Argentina in their final match of the 2019 Rugby Championship on Saturday, as the Springboks will be crowned champions if they beat the Pumas with the bonus, regardless of the result in the match between New Zealand and Australia.
Stats and facts for the Rugby Championship match between Argentina and the Springboks in Salta on Saturday.
– Argentina will be on the hunt for back-to-back wins against South Africa for the first time after picking up a 32-19 win in their last encounter.
– Two of the previous three games between Argentina and South Africa at Ernesto Maltearena in Salta have been decided by a margin of just two points; however, South Africa ran out to a 41-23 win in their most recent encounter there.
– South Africa’s last seven Tests on the road have all been decided by a single-figure margin; the Springboks’ results have been evenly split during that run, winning three, losing three and drawing once.
– Argentina’s only victory in their last 10 Tests on home soil (L9) came against South Africa (25 August 2018).
– South Africa have lost just one of their last five matches in the Rugby Championship (W3, D1), scoring 30 points or more three times in that span.
South Africa vs Argentina in the Rugby Championship in 2019, the fewest of any team.
The All Blacks sit one point behind the Springboks in the standings and will face old rivals Australia in Perth earlier on Saturday.
The Springboks know they will get a hostile reception when they take on Argentina at the Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena in Salta.
The Springboks have a one-point advantage on the Rugby Championship log and a bonus-point win in Saturday’s decider will take all the permutations out of the equation and land them the Rugby Championship title.
It will be a tough test for the visitors, but Springbok captain Duane Vermeulen believes his team is ready for a massive Argentinian onslaught
Mtawarira, the most experienced Springbok prop in history, and Nyakane replace Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe, while Mbonambi takes over the hooker duties from Malcolm Marx.
National director of rugby, Rassie Erasmus, described Saturday’s vital clash as another very important opportunity to build momentum towards the Rugby World Cup in Japan.