Saturday, August 17, 2013



Venue:  FNB Stadium, Soweto, Johannesburg

Referee: Christopher Pollock (New Zealand)

The Rugby Championship is now into its second season. With the addition of Argentina this competition replaced the Tri-Nations competition. New Zealand was the first winners of the Rugby Championship. This, the second game in the Championship this weekend, sees hosts South Africa take on Argentina.

Argentina proved their place in this competition last year with a 16-16 draw against South Africa in Mendoza. Also last year they held New Zealand 5-21 in Wellington and pushed Australia twice, losing 19-23 in the Gold Coast and again 19-26 in Rosario.

South Africa emerged from the inaugural 2013 Triangular tournament against Samoa, Scotland and Italy as comfortable winners but failed to field a team in the Super Rugby final.

Last Five Encounters
25.08.2012 Drawn 16-16 in Mendoza (Rugby Championship)
18.08.2012 South Africa 27-6 in Capetown (Rugby Championship)
09.08.2008 South Africa 63-7 in Johannesburg
14.10.2007 South Africa 37-13 in Paris (World Cup, Semi-final)
05.11.2005 South Africa 34-23 in Buenos Aires

South Africa Last Five
22.06.2013 v Samoa W 56-23 in Pretoria (Quadrangular Tournament)
15.06.2013 v Scotland W 30-17 in Nelspruit (Quadrangular Tournament)
08.06.2013 v Italy W 44-10 in Durban (Quadrangular Tournament)
24.11.2012 v England W 16-15 at Twickenham
17.11.2012 v Scotland W 21-10 at Murrayfield

Argentina Last Five
22.06.2013 v Georgia W 29-18 in San Juan
15.06.2013 v England L 26-51 in Buenos Aires
08.06.2013 v England L 3-32 in Salta
04.05.2013 v Brazil W 83-0 in Montevideo (WCQ America; CONSUR A)
02.05.2013 v Chile W 84-10 in Montevideo (WCQ America; CONSUR A)

GWC Rugby Rankings
World Table: South Africa 6th, Argentina 15th

IRB Ranking Points
South Africa 87.03, Argentina 76.67

Prediction: South Africa by 20 points

Fourie du Preez had last played a test for South Africa v Australia on 09.10. 2011 in Wellington in the quarter-final of the Rugby World Cup, which South Africa lost 9-11.


South Africa


15   Willie le Roux  Griqualand West
14   Bjorn Basson Blue Bulls
13   JJ Engelbrecht Blue Bulls
12   Jean de Villiers (capt.) Western Province 
11   Bryan Habana  RC Toulonnais, France
10   Morne Steyn  Blue Bulls
9   Ruan Pienaar  Ulster, Ireland
8   Duane Vermeulen  Western Province 
7   Willem Alberts  Natal Sharks
6   Francoise Louw  Bath, England
5   Juandré Kruger  Racing Metro 92, France
4   Eben Etzebeth  Western Province 
3   Jannie du Plessis  Natal Sharks
2   Adriaan Strauss  Free State Cheetahs
1   Tendai Mtawarira  Natal Sharks
16   Bismarck du Plessis  Natal Sharks
17   Gurthrö Steenkamp  Stade Toulousain, France
18   Coenie Oosthuizen  Free State Cheetahs
19   Flip van der Merwe  Blue Bulls
20   Siya Kolisi  Western Province
21   Fourie du Preez  Suntory, Japan
22   Patrick Lambie  Natal Sharks
23   Jan Serfontein  Blue Bulls
    HEAD COACH: Heyneke Meyer



15   Juan Martín Hernández  Racing Metro 92, France
14   Gonzalo Camacho  Exeter Chiefs, England
13   Marcelo Bosch  Saracens, England
12   Felipe Contepomi (Capt.) Stade Français, France
11   Juan Imhoff  Racing Metro 92, France
10   Nicolás Sánchez  Union Bordeaux Bègles, France 
9   Martin Landajo  Club Atletico San Isidro
8   Leonardo Senatore  Worcester Warriors, England 
7   Juan Manuel Leguizamón  RC Toulonnais, France
6   Pablo Matera  Asociación Alumni 
5   Patricio Albacete  Stade Toulousian, France
4   Manuel Carizza  Racing Metro 92, France
3   Matías Díaz  Teqüé RC 
2   Eusebio Guiñazú  Bath Rugby, England
1   Juan Figallo  Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
16   Agustín Creevy  Worcester Warriors, England 
17   Nahuel Lobo  Newcastle Falcons, England
18   Juan Pablo Orlandi  Bath Rugby, England
19   Mariano Galarza  Leinster, Ireland
20   Julio Farías Cabello  London Welsh, England
21   Tomás Cubelli  Belgrano Athletic
22   Santiago Fernández  Montpellier Hérault Rugby, France
23   Horacio Agulla  Bath Rugby, England
    HEAD COACH: Santiago Phelan

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