Argentina primed to put up a fight in return clash with South Africa
Expect physical onslaught from wounded Pumas pack
Sky Sports Action, 8.10pm Saturday
South Africa had to work hard for their 34-21 victory over the Pumas in Durban last week and they know they will be in for a tough workout when the action moves to Argentinian soil in Mendoza.
The Springboks held a clear edge in the set-piece over an Argentina team who are usually famed for the power of their pack.
New Pumas coach Mario Ledesma is sure to be smarting from coming out second-best up front and with a boisterous home crowd behind them, we can expect the Pumas pack to front up big time.
Argentina did enjoy some success last week with the high line-speed of their defence, while they also scored three tries, the most they have managed against the Boks since 2015, and were in front at the break, so there are encouraging signs for Ledesma.
Last year South Africa were comfortable 41-23 winners when the teams met in Salta, but the previous Rugby Championship clashes were settled by two, two and five points, while the 2012 meeting ended in a draw.
Despite the defeat in Durban, Argentina's performance looked a step up from their surprisingly heavy defeats to Wales and Scotland in June, and the signs are that Ledesma's priority on taking over has been to make the side hard to beat, and Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus has said he fully expects a physically committed onslaught.
Both coaches have made just one change each to their starting teams, both in the second row. Franco Mostert returns to the Springbok pack having been rested last week, while Tomas Lavanini comes into the home side.
The Boks look to have enough in their locker to overcome their obdurate opponents but it should be a close-fought affair.
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