Springboks and Pumas lock horns at the Olympic Stadium on Friday in the game no-one wants to feature in – The third-place play-off. Don't miss our SOUTH AFRICA v ARGENTINA match preview with predictions, betting tips, best odds, starting XVs, betting promotions and no deposit bonuses!
SOUTH AFRICA v ARGENTINA BETTING PREVIEW South Africa were beaten by New Zealand in the semi finals with just two points of margin. They did not score any tries against the All Blacks, but their kicking game and the defense were both at a very high level.
Coach Heyneke Meyer has opted for minimal adjustments to his team. Victor Matfield will lead the Springboks in his final international match before he retires. Ruan Pienaar replaces Du Preez at scrum-half.
Argentina conceded a very early try in their semi final against the Wallabies and were unable to fight their way back as they went down 29-15. The Pumas went on to win 43-20 against Ireland in the quarters, but despite the emphatic win, there were signs of weakness there.
Injury-ravaged Argentina have made nine changes to the side that played last time out. There are four changes in the forwards and five in the backs as the decimated Pumas are without playmaker Juan Martin Hernandez, captain Agustin Creevy and try-scoring winger Juan Imhoff. Fullback Joaquin Tuculet suffered a shoulder injury.
South Africa and Argentina have met 21 times in Test rugby, with the Springboks winning 19 and the Pumas once. However, that victory came in August this year, with Argentina earning their first win against their southern hemisphere rivals in Durban. The Springboks avenged that defeat by beating the Pumas 26-12 in their final World Cup warmup in Buenos Aires a week later.
- 2005: South Africa won 26-12 in Buenos Aires
- 2015: Argentina won 37-25 in Durban
- 2014: South Africa won 33-31 in Salta
- 2014: South Africa won 13-6 in Pretoria
- 2013: South Africa won 22-17 in Mendoza
- 2013: South Africa won 73-13 in Soweto
- 2012: Draw 16-16 in Mendoza
- 2012: South Africa won 27-6 in Cape Town
SOUTH AFRICA v ARGENTINA STARTING XVsSouth Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar; 1 Tendai Mtawarira, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 3 Frans Malherbe, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 5 Victor Matfield (c), 6 Francois Louw, 7 Schalk Burger, 8 Duane Vermeulen.
Replacements: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Lodewyk de Jager, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein.
Argentina: 15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Nicolas Sanchez (c), 9 Tomas Cubelli; 1 Marcos Ayerza, 2 Julian Montoya, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 4 Matias Alemanno, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 6 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Juan Fernandez Lobbe, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon.
Replacements: 16 Lucas Noguera, 17 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Juan Pablo Socino.
SOUTH AFRICA v ARGENTINA BEST ODDS
|SOUTH AFRICA|| 5.00 with||Bet £10, win £50.00|
|THE DRAW||34.00 with||Bet £10, win £340.00|
|ARGENTINA||9.00 with||Bet £10, win £90.00|
SOUTH AFRICA v ARGENTINA PREDICTIONS
- Winner: South Africa @ 5.00
- Winning Margin: South Africa 11-20 points @ 3.60
- Anytime try-scorer: Bryan Habana @ 2.50
- Total tries: Over 4.5 tries @ 1.73
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