South Africa’s Springboks continue their preparations for the Rugby World Cup with a match at home against Argentina who they beat last weekend in Salta.
The Springboks have won their last three matches at home against Argentina’s Pumas, who have not won on SA soil since 2015 in Durban.
- South Africa are the current Rugby Championship holders, winning the tournament for the first time since the 2009 Tri-Nations.
- Rassie Erasmus’ men thrashed Argentina 46-13 in Salta last weekend, bringing an end to their trophy drought.
- Argentina did not win a match during the Rugby Championship, losing all three fixtures despite playing twice in South America.
- The two countries have met only once at Loftus Versfeld when the Boks beat Los Pumas 13-6 in 2014.
- Marcell Coetzee and Lodewyk de Jager played for the Springboks that day and Joaquín Tuculet (on debut), Pablo Matera, Matías Alemanno (on debut) and Tomás Lavanini, played for the Pumas.
- Los Pumas have two new caps in Lucas Mensa and Santiago Carreras, who will make their debut in the Republic.
- Schalk Brits will become the oldest man to make his first Springbok captain’s appearance in a Test.
- Brits will be 38 years, two months and 24 days old, and he will become the oldest debut captain, passing Boy Morkel’s mark set in 1921.
We are waiting for the kick-off.
The score after 0 minutes is South Africa 0 Argentina 0
Referee: Luke Pearce (RFU)
Assistant Ref 1: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
Assistant Ref 2: Pierre Brousset (FFR)
TMO: Simon McDowell (IRFU)
15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Sibusiso Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 André Esterhuizen, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Marcell Coetzee, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Schalk Brits (captain), 1 Thomas du Toit.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Albertus Smith,
22 Francois de Klerk, 23 Frans Steyn.
15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Sebastián Cancelliere, 13 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 12 Lucas Mensa, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Mayco Vivas.
Replacements: 16 Agustín Creevy, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Tomás Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Santiago Carreras.