Argentina’s Michael Chica welcomes the Springboks into their backyard with everything they play for in the fiercely competitive rugby tournament.
The two teams go into the confrontation on the back of different fortunes in their previous tests, with Los Pumas being put to the sword by the rampant All Blacks while South Africa claimed a positive win over Australia.
Cheika has been building something special with this group of Los Pumas players, managing to get the best out of most of the team with work ethic and implementing the fundamentals as the cornerstones of their success in 2022.
Springboks coach Jack Nyenber has had a hot and cold season as he tore his side to injury at key locations at Fly Half and outside the center. The Elton Jantjies scandal where the playmaker was sent home over reports of an affair with team nutritionist Zeenat Simjee certainly doesn’t help the cause either.
Nynaber is lucky to have talented Damien Willems, who appears to be comfortable at the test level no matter where he plays. However, with no “specialist” players on the team, this leaves the coach with great fears going forward.
However, the side has coped well with the injuries and will remain relatively unaffected by the scandal, with question marks over the testability of the Jantjies regardless.
He is set up for a mouth-watering match topped by two big groups, both of whom are group savvy and menacing when they break down.
Winning bonus points is crucial for either side if they want to go on and claim the title after the All Blacks beat the Wallabies in death on Thursday.
last time they met
In the second round of 2021 Rugby ChampionshipThe Springboks managed to win 29-10 at Nelson Mandela Bay in Gqeberha. The first half was restricted to Handry Pollard who defeated five Springboks penalty kicks to one from Argentina’s Domingo Meute to give the Boks the lead in the first half. The South Africans exited the first half well, scoring two attempts in the 52nd minute courtesy of Makazul Mbembe and Malcolm Marks – both converted by Pollard, who racked up 19 points on the day. Argentina struggled to enter the match but managed to score a late consolation attempt via Pablo Matera, which was turned around by veteran Nicolas Sanchez. However, it was a day to forget Los Pumas, who had never caught the test.
What did they say
Springboks tighthead prop Frans Malherbe has no illusions about the challenge of facing Argentina in their backyard this weekend.
“They are a very good team, and they are very successful on their home ground,” Malherbe said.
“I can’t say why they are so good at home, but what we do know for sure is that they are a passionate country and nation, always giving their best in front of their fans.”
Meanwhile, Half Scrum’s Pav de Klerk credited Argentina’s development to its overseas-playing people and called them the “best” team worldwide.
“They are a physical team, and they have now added kicking to their skill set,” said de Klerk.
“They also have a lot of players playing for foreign clubs, so they’ve definitely become a big team in the rugby world.”
players to watch
Argentina Pavilion Emiliano Bovelli He was the standout player for his country in 2022, kicking just about everything from a tee while scoring some key attempts. The Edinburgh Man is an absolute points machine, and the Springboks must be aware of their half-discipline, or Buffelli will simply keep the scoreboard ticking and build pressure.
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Paul Matera He is one of those players who will always be in the spotlight and will undoubtedly remain one of the greatest players Argentina has ever produced. If they win, Los Pumas will need the star to hit their belts this weekend. Matera is a complete contender and will stop at nothing to try and win. He defends like a Trojan horse, loads like a cement truck and has an impressive rugby IQ. So expect the number eight to be in the faces of the Springboks on Saturday consistently.
Elsewhere, skipper Pumas Julian Montoya He is a giant for his country every time he goes to the field. The prostitute is a committed defender and a strong ball bearer, but his real threat lies in the breakdown where the Argentine is a major scavenger. The Springboks would be wise about this, but any player isolated with the ball on hand would be exploited by Montoya. Argentina will absolutely need everything from their passionate captain in Buenos Aires.
only when Willy Le Rouge It seemed like time in the starting lineup was running out, the veteran stepped up and handed the Springboks over again. The linebacker is the master in choosing when to join the offensive line at the first receiver. Between him and Willemse, the Springboks can move the ball into wider channels faster due to their superior distributing skills. Once again, Le Roux will be instrumental in what the Springboks do going forward. A big game is required of the experienced player if his team is to achieve the bonus point they desperately need.
Half Scrum Jaden Hendricks It may be the discovery of the season for Ninapper. The Sharks star still shows his inexperience at times but he has an extraordinary ability to read the game and kick the match ability. His flair adds an ounce of dynamism to the Springboks, and his partnership with Willemse seemed sometimes killer last, which is something to expect again this week after the pair spent more time together. If Hendrikse continues the trend, Nienaber may have found his starting half at next year’s World Cup.
Bungee Mbonambe’s injury and Joseph Dwiba’s loss of form opened the door for Malcolm Marks, who took the starting role exceptionally well as expected. The prostitute is extremely powerful in both interfering and carrying, but like Montoya, his ability to break the game is often when he breaks down. In the first round, Marks made five massive turnovers in his 50th Test and in breakout play, Springbok essentially doubled as an extra winger. Montoya vs. Marx will be a battle worth watching.
face to face
Fly-half is one of the most influential roles in rugby union, and this weekend’s match between two talented attacking stars who aren’t strictly specialists at the center.
Los Pumas game maker Santiago Carreras He spent much of his career as a linebacker and winger, but under Sheikha this season he has excelled at the half-fly. There is cunning about the 24-year-old in attack who sees the game in slow motion, picking up passes and holes from himself and around him. The Gloucester man proved not one-dimensional with a thrilling performance in Argentina’s historic win over the All Blacks, as he got exceptionally out of control and dominated the match for extended periods. We expect the superstar to be back in song again on Saturday as Argentina looks back on the world champions.
while, Damien Willemsey‘s Variety has been a lifesaver for Ninapper as the Stormers star split into a pivot against the Wallabies with aplomb. The 24-year-old is a deadly ball runner who often gains meters if he decides to carry it while having the ability to distribute or kick the ball effectively. His partnership with Hendrikse has the potential to blast and give a flair to what has been a regular Springbok offensive for most of 2022. This will be crucial to South Africa’s chance to claim the bonus point. The only negative thing is the goal kick from the back assist who will be in the spotlight this weekend. However, the pivot will be a threat to attack, defeating defenders and creating space in and around him on Saturday.
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Argentina will inevitably recover after their poor performance against the All Blacks and will stick to their performance. However, the Springboks are a team with a “knockout” mentality and will pay for the bonus point. Expect a high-score game where Springboks wins 15 And claim the bonus point.
2021: South Africa won 29-10 in Gqeberha
2021: South Africa won 32-12 in Gqeberha
2019: South Africa won 24-18 in Pretoria
2019: South Africa won 46-13 in Salta
2018: Argentina won 32-19 in Mendoza
2018: South Africa won 34-21 in Durban
2017: South Africa won 41-23 in Salta
2017: South Africa won 37-15 in Gqeberha
Argentina:15 Juan Cruz Malia, 14 Emiliano Bovelli, 13 Jeronimo de la Fountain, 12 Matthias Orlando, 11 Lucio Centi, 10 James Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertrano, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kramer, 6 John Martin Gonzalez, 5 Thomas Lavanini, 4 Matthias German, 3 Edward Bello, 2 Julian Montoya (c), 1 Nahuel Tetas Chaparro
Alternatives: 16 Augustin Crevi, 17 Thomas Gallo, 18 Joel Sclavey, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Thomas Cobelli, 22 Benjamin Ordabileta, 23 Matthias Moroni
South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Canan Moodie, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jaden Hendrikse, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 France Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Stephen Kitchoff
Alternatives: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Elrigh Louw, 20 Kwagga Smith, 21 Faf de Klerk, 22 Andre Esterhuizen, 23 Frans Steyn
Date: Saturday 17th September
place: President Peron Stadium, Buenos Aires
Starting: 4:10 p.m. local time (8:10 p.m. GMT, 7:10 p.m. GMT)
Rule: James Doleman (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Damon Murphy (Australia), Craig Evans (Wales)
TMO: Chris Hart (New Zealand)