After nearly beating the Springboks in Johannesburg final weekend, Argentina host South Africa in Buenos Aires in search of a momentum-building victory forward of the Rugby World Cup.
It can be a major event for Argentine rugby with hooker Agustin Creevy set to grow to be the primary Pumas participant to win 100 caps when he comes off the bench.
With each head coaches on account of title their last World Cup squads early subsequent week, it is a last probability for a lot of of these on the lower line to attempt to earn a spot.
“We’ve been emphasising the importance of giving as many players as possible a fair chance to show what they can do with an eye on finalising our Rugby World Cup squad,” Jacques Nienaber, South Africa’s head coach, stated this week. “This is going to be a massive physical battle and there will be a lot of pressure on the players mentally and physically, which is exactly the type of situation we would like to see them in as we enter our World Cup warm-up games.”
Here’s the whole lot it’s worthwhile to know.
When is Argentina vs South Africa?
Argentina vs South Africa is because of kick off at 8.10pm BST on Saturday 5 August on the José Amalfitani Stadium in Buenos Aires.
How can I watch it?
Viewers within the United Kingdom can watch the match dwell on Sky Sports Action, with protection on the channel from 8pm BST. Subscribers can stream the motion through the Sky Go app.
Agustin Creevy will make historical past as the primary Argentine to win 100 worldwide caps when he replaces captain Julian Montoya at hooker. Pedro Rubiolo is introduced into the beginning aspect within the place of Lucas Paulos, who was knocked out in South Africa final week, in the one change to the run-on pack. Gonzalo Bertranou is most well-liked to Lautaro Bazan Velez at scrum-half whereas Santiago Cordero makes his first look of the summer time on the wing.
With Juan Cruz Mallia suspended after colliding with Grant Williams in Johannesburg, Martin Bogado is handed a debut, with Emiliano Boffelli additionally again amongst issues within the again three and Guido Petti a useful returnee on the bench.
Fly-half Manie Libbok is the one member of the South Africa aspect that began final weekend to retain his place, with Jacques Nienaber electing to ring the modifications. Damian Willemse takes over from Willie le Roux within the important playmaking full-back function, whereas Cobus Reinach begins forward of Herschel Jantjies at 9 with Grant Williams recovering from that unlucky incident final weekend.
Bongi Mbonambi turns into the sixty fourth Springboks skipper, main the aspect from the center of the entrance row in a beginning forwards unit that options the versatile Deon Fourie, who can even play hooker, on the openside. Replacement loosehead Gerhard Steenekamp is about to win a primary cap.
Argentina XV: Thomas Gallo, Julian Montoya (capt.), Francisco Gomez Kodela; Pedro Rubiolo, Tomas Lavanini; Pablo Matera, Santiago Grondona, Juan Martin Gonzalez; Gonzalo Bertranou, Santiago Carreras; Santiago Cordero, Santiago Chocobares, Lucio Cinti, Emiliano Boffelli; Martin Bogado.
Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Joel Sclavi, Eduardo Bello, Guido Petti, Facundo Isa; Lautaro Bazan Velez, Tomas Albornoz, Matias Moroni.
South Africa XV: Trevor Nyakane, Bongi Mbonambi (capt.), Thomas du Toit; Jean Kleyn, Marvin Orie; Deon Fourie, Franco Mostert, Jasper Wiese; Cobus Reinach, Manie Libbok; Makazole Mapimpi, Andre Esterhuizen, Lukhano Am, Canan Moodie; Damian Willemse.
Replacements: Joseph Dweba, Gerhard Steenekamp, Vincent Koch, Jean-Luc du Preez, Evan Roos; Herschel Jantjies, Jesse Kriel, Kurt-Lee Arendse.
Argentina win 9/5
South Africa win 8/13
Argentina squeeze previous South Africa in a reversal of final week’s scoreline. Argentina 22-21 South Africa