Rugby Championship

Rassie expects Pumas to 'raise the bar'

2018-08-24 09:19
Rassie Erasmus (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus expects an improved Argentine side from the one they faced in Durban last weekend.

The Boks beat Los Pumas 34-21 in their opening Rugby Championship encounter and will be looking to replicate their bonus-point win in Mendoza this weekend.

"They are going to raise the bar from last weekend and the Springboks have battled on two previous visits to Mendoza,” Erasmus said on Thursday, as quoted by AFP.

The Boks were lucky to escape with a 16-16 draw in 2012 and equally fortunate to win 22-17 one year later at the 40 000-seat Estadio Malvinas Argentinas.

Also, while the Pumas have won only three of 34 Rugby Championship matches since debuting six years ago, two of those triumphs were against South Africa.

"The match in Durban was not the most beautiful to watch nor was our performance perfect," admitted Erasmus.

"Winning is our primary goal, however, as we build toward the 2019 World Cup in Japan and I will settle for five more points from our match in Mendoza."

Saturday’s Test is scheduled for 21:10 (SA time).

Teams:

Argentina

15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Substitutes: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21, Tomas Cubelli, 22 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia

South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Francois Louw, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Damian Willemse

 

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