The Springboks will face Los Pumas on the 17th of August 2019 for an international friendly game at the LoftusVersfeld in Pretoria in a game that’ll also serve as a Rugby World Cup 2019 warm-up game. The Boks started the Rugby Championship strongly and despite the result in the final game, they will be eyeing a victory in this one as they gather momentum towards the WC that’s just a few weeks away. Argentina, on the other hand, will be looking for a very vital win having lost both of their opening matches of the Rugby Championship. The Pumas will be hoping for a morale boosting win ahead of the WC that’ll be played in Japan.
South Africa vs Argentina RWC 2019 Warm-up Game Kickoff Time, Dates, Venue, What Channel is the Game On
- What: South Africa vs Argentinad Rugby 2019 Live
- When: Saturday, 17th August
- Where: Pretoria
- Kickoff: 19:35 local, 07:35 GMT
- Television Match Official (TMO): ESPN
- TV: BBC Sport, S4C, NBC Sports, DMAX
Los Pumas have only won once in the previous 12 visits to South Africa, losing all the 11 others. Additionally, they are winless in the past 5 matches. On the other hand, South Africa have their mojo back, having beaten Australia and drawn with New Zealand in Auckland and their morale is on the ceiling. These two teams are enjoying contrasting runs of form with the Boks being the outright favorites in this game.
South Africa to win
Most Recent Meeting
The Boks and Pumas last met in 2018 in the Southern Hemisphere tournament in a series that saw each side win its home game. The Boks were 34-21 victors in South Africa while the Pumas won the return leg by 32-19. The second game saw the Pumas produce a superb performance in the opening half which gave them a 27-7 lead at the break. South Africa rallied in the second half via Lionel Mapoe but it wasn’t enough to stage a successful comeback.
Head to Head
South Africa and Argentina have met 28 times in their history in both test and official tournament games. The Boks have a dominant record over the Pumas having won 24 of these meetings. On one game has ended in a draw with the Argies winning just 3 of these meetings.
Boks’ lock Franco Mostert has been impressive in the past two games with his work rate while K. Smith also was impressive with his tireless running in the past two games. Specifically, Smith has been point on in all of his tackles and surely will be in the plane to Japan but still will need this game to reassert his position in the squad. It is also worth noting that Boks’ captain, SiyaKolisi, will be making a comeback having been out for 5 months and South Africa will cherish his return to the squad. Ramiro Moyano has been on top of his game in the recent games for Argentina while Guido Petti is increasingly gaining confidence with each single game. These two have been the shining light amidst a poor run of form by Los Pumas and they will get another go to inspire their side to victory against the Boks on the 17th of August.