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Rassie Erasmus coach of Springboks during ta training session. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Argentina vs South Africa – prediction, head-to-head, time, TV and scores

Here’s everything you need to know about 2019 Rugby Championship match between Argentina and South Africa.

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Rassie Erasmus coach of Springboks during ta training session. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

The Springboks have one hand on a piece of silverware as they head into the final fixture of the 2019 Rugby Championship. South Africa are sitting pretty at the top of the standings thanks to a bonus-point win against Australia on the opening weekend.

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.

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.

Prediction: Springboks should win, but don’t get a skrik if it’s a bit tighter than you might expect.

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