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Preview – Argentina v Springboks

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This week the Springboks have traveled to Mendoza to face the Argentinians.

With the first win at home against Argentina the Springbok coach have opted not to change to much for the second meeting and sticked with what worked last week.

The first test was a tight affair in the first forty minutes with the Boks only able to pull away in the second half of the match.

This week will see a different Puma side run onto the pitch infront of their passionate home support.

We expect a huge onslaught upfront and expect them to be much better in the set pieces and breakdown points.

Since Erasmus took over his side has fallen behind to many times and had to play catchup rugby. This needs to be something that they need to get right before facing the likes of the All Blacks and Aussies.

The line-speed defence from the Argentinians were great last week and they unsettled the Boks so much that they looked uncertain with ball in hand.

In the pack the Boks are waiting for a massive onslaught and coach Erasmus knows it.

“We’ve always rated them as a very physical team and we felt the game (in Durban) was physical. They’re going to step it up and I think they will come hard at our mauling, scrums and the breakdowns,” he said.

If the Pumas want to win this test they will have to sort out the set pieces, they only had a 64% success rate in the lineouts and 71% in the scrums which is just not good enough in test rugby.

For this same reason Erasmus have opted for Mostert to start with Etzebeth and have Wilco Louw and RG Snyman on the bench.

One has to feel the winner in this dark art of scrums and lineouts will have the better chance of winning the test.

Du Tiot will cover the loose trio and lock from the bench which makes the bench a bit better than what we saw last week.

Pollard need to step up and show he is the right man for the ten jumper. Last week was a poor performance from a kicking and tactical perspective.

His passing game has also lack this year and the Boks need to have a ten that can dominate with the ball on attack making that crucial decisions with the speed they have at wing.

A player to watch for Argentina will be Guido Petti, he is a very mobile lock at 108kg and 1.94 meters. He is a huge threat with ball in hand and the Springboks will have to look out for the big man.

Prediction: It will be a much closer contest but the Springboks should pull it through by 9 points

The teams:

Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Agustin Creevy (c), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Replacements: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Siya Kolisi (c), 6 Francois Louw, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Damian Willemse

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