It’s South Africa vs Argentina part two this weekend, as the Boks continue their Rugby Championship title defence in Gqeberha on Saturday.
Jacques Nienaber’s men made the perfect start to the 2021 competition at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium a week ago.
A 32-12 victory over the South Americans ensured a bonus point to boot, with the home side’s miserly defence ensuring yet another clean sheet in terms of tries conceded.
Cobus Reinach, Aphelele Fassi and Jaden Hendrikse on debut were the try scorers, as the reigning world champions began to tune up for the challenge of New Zealand and Australia in the weeks to come.
Such is the Springbok depth at the moment Nienaber has made 11 changes to his starting side, as Lood de Jager earns his 50th international cap in the green and gold.
He is joined by captain Siya Kolisi, Jasper Wiese and Reinach as the only survivors from the tournament opener as the Boks bring back a host of heroes from the British & Irish Lions series success.
Handre Pollard returns at fly-half, with star centres Damien de Allende and Lukhanyo Am back in the midfield.
Wings Makazole Mapimpi and Cheslin Kolbe bring their fresh legs back to the fray as Willie le Roux laces up at full-back once more.
A fresh front row sees Trevor Nyakane, Malcolm Marx and Thomas du Toit all included, while there’s a start in the locks for Marvin Orie as Franco Mostert boosts the back row.
Los Pumas also ring the changes, as Bautista Delguy, Matias Moroni, Nicolas Sanchez and Felipe Ezcurra all drop out.
Ignacio Mendy makes his first Argentina start on the wing.
Rugby Championship: Argentina vs South Africa prediction and teams
Prediction methodology explained: The expected win percentage is based off publicly available odds. For example, if a team’s odds are 2.30, the expected chance of winning is 43%. If the odds are 1.62 the expected chance of winning is 62% and so on. These are accurate at the time of writing but are subject to change. Where there is no value listed, the odds were not available at the time of writing. Score margins use the methodology developed by Rugby Vision.
Argentina Starting XV: 15 Juan Cruz Mallía, 14 Ignacio Mendy, 13 Santiago Chocobares, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Santiago Carreras, 10 Domingo Miotti, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Guido Petti, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Replacements: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Facundo Gigena, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Nicolas Sanchez, 23 Lucio Cinti.
Springboks Starting XV: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Thomas du Toit, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Trevor Nyakane.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Nicolaas van Rensburg, 20 Albertus Smith, 21 Dan du Preez, 22 Jaden Hendrikse, 23 Damian Willemse.