Richard Ferguson

Rugby Champs 2017: Springboks v Argentina

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Argentina, Original Content, Springboks, The Rugby Championship on 19 Aug 2017 at 13:00
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The Springboks kick off their 2017 Rugby Championship campaign with a home fixture against Argentina. A decent way to get the ball rolling or a potential banana peel? We shall soon find out.

The Boks have a new skipper for this competition in Eben Etzebeth, will he be able to get the same passion out of the players as Whiteley did? Will the pressure of leading his country influence his form? This is his first real test captaining, let’s be honest, there wasn’t a lot of pressure in the third dead rubber against France.

Argentina has been a difficult side for the Boks to put away lately, thanks in part to a stronger Pumas outfit. This is by no means an easy match and the Boks will make life difficult for themselves should they go into it with that mindset. This is where good leadership comes in.

There are plenty of questions around the selected team and the combinations, especially looking at the opposition still to come. Is the loose trio balanced for a dog fight against the Pumas? Do we have enough fire power in the back three, and will they be able to keep the much bigger attackers at bay? In the series against France we continually asked for a better defensive effort, will we finally see the numbers improving?

Argentina will come into this match with some confidence. Remember that two years ago they had never beaten the Boks, now they are 2 from 4 in the last two years, one of which came in Durban. They seem to have figured out how to beat the Boks and will surely target this match as one they can win.

Where will this match be won? In my mind, there are three key elements.

Firstly, Bok Pivot Elton Jantjies will have to be on his game. He is a confidence player and the green and gold can hardly afford for him to have a bad game. Not only because of the damage he can cause but also considering his backup is on debut.

Then comes the battle of the loose forwards, Kriel and co will have to deal with not only the Pumas loosies but also the pit bull that is Creevy. Hopefully Marx is at his best and can counter the experience of the opposition captain. This is one battle I am looking forward to most.

Lastly, it will come down to leadership, the ability of Eben Etzebeth to get his charges back in the game should something not go exactly to plan. His opposite is very experienced and is sure to take full advantage of this.

My prediction is for an initially close game with plenty of points scored. It is sure to see-saw the entire match with the winner unknown until the last quarter. The Springboks, with the confidence gained against the French and continuity from that series, should be able to pull away in the last 20 minutes to take the game by 10.

South Africa: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi, 5 Francois Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Coenraad Oosthuizen, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Mbongeni Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Curwin Bosch, 23 Damian de Allende.

Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matías Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Juan Martín Hernández, 23 Matías Moroni.

Date: Saturday, 19 August 2017
Venue: Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT; 12.00 Argentina time)
Expected weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 19°C and a low of 11°C
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Pascal Gaüzère (France), Nic Berry (Australia)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)


  • Boks by 15+

  • Comment 1, posted at 19.08.17 15:21:44 by McLovin Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : did you see the all blacks this morning? freighting stuff 😥

  • Comment 2, posted at 19.08.17 17:16:53 by Poisy Reply
  • this ref is a French idiot

  • Comment 3, posted at 19.08.17 17:25:38 by Poisy Reply
  • @Poisy (Comment 3) : more like incompetent

  • Comment 4, posted at 19.08.17 17:28:37 by byron Reply

  • @Poisy (Comment 3) : ‘Redcard’ Poite is as incompetent as they come. Worse than Bryce

  • Comment 5, posted at 19.08.17 18:18:53 by Die Kriek Reply

  • Luckily we can’t lose this one

  • Comment 6, posted at 19.08.17 18:45:56 by jdolivier Reply

  • That is the easiest game of the tournament playing the weakest team in comp at home, every game gets harder.We hardly dominated,and now we will be filled with false confidence.

  • Comment 7, posted at 19.08.17 18:54:22 by The hound Reply
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  • See on rugby3shitty5 that the motm (coenie ) gets rated a 6 how they love sharks players

  • Comment 8, posted at 19.08.17 20:33:14 by jdolivier Reply

  • I dont see why the championship doesnt rotate its schedule, it has become stale. Always first week it is the pumas vs the bokke in sa and the kiwi’s vs aus. I would rather they rotate it a bit.

  • Comment 9, posted at 19.08.17 21:20:16 by Dunx Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 8) : That is a bit ridiculous…Coenie was really good today!

  • Comment 10, posted at 19.08.17 21:27:37 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : Spot on… 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 19.08.17 21:28:47 by pastorshark Reply
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  • @pastorshark (Comment 10) : Go read their ratings, always makes one wonder if the game broadcast on my screen differed from theirs.

  • Comment 12, posted at 19.08.17 21:29:32 by jdolivier Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 9) : yes that would be nice but then again the guys from NZ and Oz want it that way so they will not change!!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 20.08.17 11:38:13 by JD Reply
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  • Think Cassiem and Shrek answered their critics on the field. Not much to choose between and JLduP, both played well in their respective riles.

  • Comment 14, posted at 20.08.17 11:42:58 by KingCheetah Reply

  • @JD (Comment 13) : NZ/AUS were forced to roll the Bledislo Cup into this competition,
    Seriously Look at all the fuss being made of Rhule and Skosan,but how inferior are they to JPP and Habanna in their heyday,similariy Kriel and Serfontein couldn’t shine Frans Steyn and jaque Fourie’s boots,Ethebeth and Mostert versus Victor and Bakkies,even Marx versus Bismark,
    There is not one player in this team that would have made Jake’s world cup team.

  • Comment 15, posted at 20.08.17 12:35:40 by The hound Reply
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  • The Boks did a lot of left right stuff with very little forward motion.
    That 1st turnover was won on the 22. Maximum forward progress was about 5m beyond. They gave up the ball on the 10m line. Penalty. Result of 10+ phases of left, right, retreat was about 50m of lost territory.
    The same scenario repeated several times in the game.

  • Comment 16, posted at 20.08.17 14:44:19 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @The hound (Comment 15) : Don’t you think it’s a bit unfair to compare the current players to greats in their heyday? Most of the current players are at the start of their international careers, 15 of the 23 had less than 20 caps, only 3 had more than 30.

    BTW, Bismarck didn’t make JW’s RWC squad and only came in because Pierre Spies withdrew

  • Comment 17, posted at 20.08.17 15:49:55 by Baylion Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 17) : didnt remember that part about bizzie replaces spies. I remeber spies withdrawing tho

  • Comment 18, posted at 20.08.17 16:29:23 by Dunx Reply

  • @Baylion (Comment 17) : Frans Steyn and JPP were only 20 when they won the world cup, he was 19 when he got his first Bok cap which made him a lot younger than even Bosch.

  • Comment 19, posted at 20.08.17 16:42:50 by The hound Reply
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  • I think we should all just be honest with ourselves and realise that SA rugby has no idea about how to manage emerging talent. McKenzie is just one of many examples of how NZ gets it right. We can count ours on one hand over 10 years Don’t forget that, in SA, McKenzie would be too small.

  • Comment 20, posted at 20.08.17 18:55:31 by Spirit of Rugby Reply
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  • @Spirit of Rugby (Comment 20) : Or forced to play scrumhalf

  • Comment 21, posted at 20.08.17 21:45:45 by jdolivier Reply

  • Its funny how critical we can be even after a win. In 2016 we didnt look like winning a game. In 2017 we have won all convincingly. Yes tougher games to come but give credit where it is due at the moment. There has been a massive turn around since 2016. Yes the Boks were not perfect, far from it but they still won. Im still not convinced by some selections and this week in Arg will be a big test. But will give credit and say well done on the win this past weekend.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.08.17 08:32:03 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 22) : South African rugby supporters will never accept anything less than flawless, the harshest critics in world sport. Also the most passionate

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.08.17 09:13:31 by jdolivier Reply

  • @jdolivier (Comment 23) : Cant argue with that statement

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.08.17 09:53:44 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 22) : Agree. We have already won the same number of tests this year than all of last year.

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.08.17 11:37:52 by MysticShark Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 25) : We have also played the weakest opposition we have faced in 2l years, starting Saturday each test gets harder.

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.08.17 11:42:19 by The hound Reply
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  • @MysticShark (Comment 25) :

    We may take hart then, that by the end of this year we will at least have won the same amount of tests as last year. 🙂

  • Comment 27, posted at 21.08.17 13:30:14 by fyndraai Reply
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  • Interesting to note, that over the last 3 weekends, the NZ teams raced ahead to a massive scoreboard advantage in the 1st half, only to fall apart around minute 50, allowing their opponents to launch a comeback.
    If Hanson figures out how to keep his teams focussed for 80 minutes, it’s going to be ugly for the rest of us.

  • Comment 28, posted at 21.08.17 13:36:33 by fyndraai Reply
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