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Meyer has two matches left to shape his group that he will take to the World Cup and this Saturday nothing else but a good win will be good enough.

Meyer has gambled with bringing back Jean De Villiers in the backline and break up the one combination that was brilliant so far this season in De Allende and Kriel. That Kriel is a type of player that you can play from 11 to 15, but you do not want the youngster to be moved around every game to accommodate other players.

With two narrow loses against the Wallabies and the All Blacks the team will want to beat the Pumas and beat them well to stay in the mould of getting to top shape when the World Cup starts.

Meyer has made no secret that next week’s game in Argentina will not be is strongest team so this will really be the last time his top players will get a change in a test before the World Cup.

All eyes will be on De Villiers as he start at the outside of Pollard and De Allende with Kriel on the wing. Meyer said in the week that this was his hardest decision to make the final 15 this week as he also opted to keep Pollard at ten and Lambie playing of the bench.

One can understand that Meyer did not want to make a whole backline change with putting Lambie in at ten and also changing his midfield. I do feel that Lambie could have started at least at fullback but then I suppose Kriel will be his backup in that position for the Wolrd Cup.

The Pumas have not been great this year and the have made some pretty desperate changes again for this test.

Seeing that they did not dominate the All Blacks in the scrums, the Springboks should have the edge again in that department.

With a new front row in Koch, Du Plessis and Beast one can only look forward to that battle to see how good Koch really are.

Another huge positive for the Boks will be the return of Coetzee to the side of the scrum combining with Burger at number eight and Brussow.

The Springboks should take this test much but some margin but one can never underestimate the Pumas.

Springboks – 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Jesse Kriel, 13 Jean de Villiers (c), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Lwazi Mvovo.

Argentina – 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Jerónimo De la Fuente, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Juan Martín Hernández, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Subs: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Matías Díaz, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Tomás Lezana, 21 Martín Landajo, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Lucas González Amorosino.

Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: JP Doyle (England), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)


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  1. I want all RW readers to know that I will be keeping a very close eye on one Mr. Romaine Poite during this game.
    I will set aside obvious past transgressions done on his part & my bias that he is a communist bent on destroying rugby union.

  2. Best thing that could’ve happened actually. A hammering by argentina at home – never in our history.

    This coach is going to come under Fire and he very well may come apart – he’s just been beaten 3 times in a row.

    The public got fkall faith left in him now and know the boks are unlikely to even get close in World Cup. He’s hit ground zero – actually there might still be a little further to fall next week in Mendoza.

    Schalk is kaput and so is Marcell. Zero effectively at breakfiwn punt.

    Jean de villier should be nowhere near the centre berth – what a rudiculius move after probably the most attackinh center partnership in woyld rugby has been broken up. There is only one position for devilliers and its in Habana’s place on fhe wing.

    The only player who stuck his hands up v high tonight (and Boertjie was right anout him) was lood de jäger – outstanding.

    Next week Alberts abd PSDT must come into flank and 8th man to partner brussiw and the argies won’t even have a chance

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