The 2019 Rugby Championship – Argentina vs South Africa Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Argentina vs South Africa taking place? Saturday 10th August, 20:45 (UK)

Where is Argentina vs South Africa taking place? Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta

What is the expected weather for Argentina vs South Africa? 19c with sunshine and clear skies

What channel is Argentina vs South Africa on? Argentina vs South Africa will be shown live on Sky Sports Action

Where can I stream Argentina vs South Africa? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Argentina vs South Africa? Check https://super.rugby/therugbychampionship/news/ for ticket information

What was the score in the last meeting? Argentina 32-19 South Africa

THE TEAM NEWS

ARGENTINA

  • Argentina were narrowly defeated by Australia in their last Rugby Championship encounter which was their second tight loss in a row following a gusty display against New Zealand in their opening game.

  • The Pumas have now lost eight matches in a row with their last win coming in the 2018 version of the Rugby Championship against Australia but they will take heart from their previous two performances.

  • Agustin Creevy was a big loss against Australia but the hooker is fit enough to return here and he is joined in the starting XV by Marcos Kremer at lock, Javier Ortega Desio at flanker and Emiliano Boffelli at fullback.

SOUTH AFRICA

  • South Africa backed up their superb display over Australia in their first game of this year’s Rugby Championship as they earned a battling draw in Wellington against New Zealand as their preparations for the World Cup continue to ramp up.

  • They now head to Argentina for what is likely to be another difficult contest but with the Pumas on a long losing run, they will be confident of another win despite the Pumas putting in two solid displays from their two games so far.

  • The Springboks have altered their front row for this clash with Tendai Mtawarira, Bongi Mbonambi and Trever Myakane packing down in the only changes to the side that started against the All Blacks.

THE PREDICTION

Argentina have not played like a side that have not won since September 2018 after pushing Australia close after they did the same to New Zealand. It is surely only a matter of time before their losing streak is ended but they face an in-form South Africa side here. The Springboks claimed a brilliant draw in Wellington last time out and after a big win over Australia, they can carry on their good start to the Rugby Championship by seeing off the Pumas but it could be another close contest.

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