South Africa vs Argentina : Rugby Championship – prediction, head-to-head, time, TV and scores The Springboks have one hand on a piece of silverware as they head into the final fixture of the 2019 Rugby Championship.
Rugby Championship 2019
The Pumas are yet to avoid defeat in the competition so far having lost to both New Zealand and Australia, but the Springboks have enjoyed an impressive run, beating the Wallabies before earning a draw with the All Blacks.
The Springboks are aiming for Rugby Championship glory
Rassie Erasmus’s men top the standings heading into the final weekend, and are within touching distance of putting an end to the ten-year wait since they last won the tournament.
When is Argentina vs South Africa?
Argentina take on South Africa on Saturday, August 10.
The match kicks off at 8.40pm in the UK – that’s 4.40pm in Argentina and 9.40pm in South Africa.
It will be held at the Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena in Salta.
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What TV channel is it on and can I live stream it?
Argentina vs South Africa will be shown live in the UK on Sky Sports Action.
Coverage will commence 40 minutes before kick-off, at 8pm.
Sky Sports customers will be able to live stream online via the app on their computer, tablet and mobile devices.
Those without a subscription can purchase a Sky Sports Day Pass from NowTV for £8.99.
ARGENTINA: Emiliano Boffelli, Santiago Cordero, Matias Moroni, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Ramiro Moyano, Nicolas Sanchez, Tomas Cubelli; Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Agustin Creevy, Juan Figallo, Matias Alemanno, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera (c), Javier Ortega Desio, Facundo Isa.
Replacements: Julian Montoya, Mayco Vivas, Santiago Medrano, Guido Petti, Tomas Lezana, Gonzalo Bertranou, Benjamin Urdapilleta, Joaquin Tuculet.
SOUTH AFRICA: Willie le Roux, Cheslin Kolbe, Lukhanyo Am, Damian de Allende, Makazole Mapimpi, Handre Pollard, Faf de Klerk; Tendai Mtawarira, Bongi Mbonambi, Trevor Nyakane, Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Kwagga Smith, Pieter-Stepth du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.
Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe, RG Snyman, Francois Louw, Herschel Jantjies, Frans Steyn, Jesse Kriel.
The Boks and New Zealand drew in the second round of fixtures, so this could go down to the wire.
Australia and New Zealand will square off in the early fixture on Saturday, which means the Boks will know exactly what they need to do to clinch the title.
Rassie Erasmus rattled the changes, mixing up the entire front row as the Boks go in search of a bonus-point win against Los Pumas.
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Props Tendai ‘The Beast’ Mtawarira and Trevor Nyakane and hooker Bongi Mbonambi have been promoted with Steven Kitshoff, Frans Malherbe and hooker Malcolm Marx benched.
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The changes for the Salta Test are the continuation of a rotational system with Mtawarira, Mbonambi and Nyakane beginning in a home win over Australia last month.
Kitshoff, Marx and Malherbe began the drawn Test away to World Cup trophy-holders New Zealand the following weekend.
There are no other alterations to the matchday 23 as the Springboks seek to win a competition that has been dominated by New Zealand with six titles while Australia came first once.
“This Test is a good opportunity for Bongi and Trevor to start next to the ‘Beast’, who has a wealth of experience from playing more than 100 Tests,” said coach Rassie Erasmus.
“We all know about the massively difficult forward threat of Argentina,” he said of opponents who have recalled fit-again hooker Agustin Creevy for the Test.
“However, they are also a clever side with skill and pace out wide so we will have to be alert on defence right until the final whistle.
“The Pumas are a very difficult team to play at home and they will be fired up for this one in front of their passionate crowd in Salta,” warned Erasmus.
Kick off time and how to watch
Kick off time is 21:40 (SAST). SuperSport 1 will stream the action live – a subscription is required to watch.
Prediction and head-to-head
South Africa have a vastly superior record over Argentina. Out of the 28 fixtures between the two sides, the Boks have won 24, losing three and drawing one. But, one of those losses came most recently in 2018. Another one in 2016 – in Salta. As we have learned from this competition, history often means very little.