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Rugby: Argentina vs. South Africa Round Two

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Argentine rugbyIf the past few years are anything to go by, the Springboks must pass a difficult test to seal victory on Saturday in Argentina.

Since their arrival in Rugby Championship, Argentina has hosted South Africa just twice. The results have been a draw of 16-16 and a narrow loss 22-17.

In both games, South Africa entered confident and on both occasions, they went home disappointed despite not losing.

Many observers feel that could be the case again as on home soil the Argentines could push the close and could end up a winner.

The rain at Loftus Versfeld equalized things, but great team are able to adapt to conditions and judging form that South Africa did not give their faithful much to be confident about in wet weather the club will face in the World Cup next year in England.

Kicking was an area the Springboks lacked in as Handre Pollard and Ruan Pienaar faced much pressure from the Pumas, who were able to adjust to the rain better.

Nicolas Sanchez the fly half for the Pumas had a performance that indicated that fact, with an improving confidence as the game got older, he made more meters than any on his side while beating more defenders at Loftus than any other.

Juan Martin Hernandez will join Sanchez this week. As El Mago returns following a withdrawal late in Round One, and Marcelo Bosch taking up the outside centre, Argentina arguable have a better variety than the opposing Boks that wear the 10, 12 and 13.

Hernandez is just one of the changes for Argentina at the backline. Lucas Gonzalez Amoroshire will come on alongside Manuel Montero and Joaquin Tuculet and Horacio Agulla will be benched.

With the temperature expected to be 33C and the rain chance 0%, the trio at the back will be playing much more ball.

Argentina will need to be near perfect to win, but its home field and second round changes likely will give them the edge needed.

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