Argentina host their first home match in the new Super Rugby Championship this Saturday as South Africa travel to Mendoza. South Africa ran out comfortable winners last weekend in Cape Town as Argentina looked worryingly out of their depth.
However it is not yet time to panic for Argentina as many as team have come unstuck away in South Africa. This weekend they have a far better chance of getting their maiden victory and for the success of the competition it is vital that Argentina record at least one win in the tournament. Realistically the two best chances for Argentina to win a match will be this weekend and against Australia at home.
Argentina struggled to create chances a week ago and their kicking game was nullified by a South African side that also used the boot, but to a far better degree of accuracy. It seems as though Argentina will pursue exactly the same tactic this weekend as they have brought in Santiago Fernandez at full-back.
Bet365 betting on this Rugby Championship match:
1/4 South Africa, 3/1 Argentina, 22/1 Draw
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Argentina’s chances were dealt a huge blow as influential fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez has been ruled out with a groin injury. His replacement has not yet been decided but it is likely that one of the two centres, Bosch or Rodriguez, will step up.
South Africa have also made two changes to their starting side. Bismark Du Plessis suffered a serious knee injury that will keep his out until the new year and Keegan Daniel has been dropped to the bench. Adriaan Strauss and Jacques Potgieter come into the side.
Although playing in Argentina will be a completely new challenge for the Springboks, Argentina have never beaten them. Without their star fly-half Hernandez the enormity of their task has doubled. In what is likely to be a battle of the boot, chances are likely to be few and far between, but South Africa’s quality in the back line should give them victory, but only just.
Argentina v South Africa Betting Tips Verdict
We expect South Africa to win by 6points. Looking at the bookies’ betting odds on the handicap, the home side Argentina can be bet on with +8 points with Bet365 Online Bookmaker and this is the value call. See the latest updated handicap odds on this match below.