Beast starts in Salta

Written by Henk Terblanche (Bokhoring)

Posted in :The Rugby Championship on 8 Aug 2019 at 08:51

Rassie has swapped front rows for the final Rugby Championship game. He has kept the rest of the squad the same as in the draw in New Zealand.

The match could decide the winner of the Rugby Championship – a bonus point win against the Pumas will definitely clinch it for the Boks. If the All Blacks cannot manage a bonus point against the Wallabies, a win will do it for the Boks.

Apart from the 18 point margin in 2017, South Africa’s wins in Argentina has been close affairs. Argentina also won 2 of the last 3 RC games at home with the last one with a 13 point margin.

25 August 2012     Mendoza  16 – 16     draw
24 August 2013     Mendoza  17 – 22      South Africa
23 August 2014     Salta     31 – 33      South Africa
15 August 2015     Buenos Aires     12 – 26      South Africa     2015 RWC Warm-up
27 August 2016     Salta     26 – 24      Argentina
26 August 2017     Salta     23 – 41      South Africa
25 August 2018     Mendoza 32 – 19      Argentina

It looks like Rassie wants to take on the Pumas at scrum time. It is the part of the game where they are really struggling over recent years. Lavanini is rested and Petti is on the bench, but expect the Pumas to compete strongly on Mbonambi and Marx’s throws.

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Subs: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Jesse Kriel.

Argentina – 15 Emilian Boffelli , 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Agustin Creevy (c), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Subs: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Ramiro Herera, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Benjamín Urdapilleta, 23 Joaquin Tuculet.


  • Another 5 points in the bag.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.08.19 11:38:10 by McLovin Reply
  • I get what Rassie is doing but I’d like to have seen Marcell at least on the bench. I’d also have tried a back three of Mapimpi, Nkosi and Kolbe.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.08.19 17:43:40 by Hulk Reply
  • How weird is this RC – Wallabies end up on top of the log by beating the All Blacks (playing with 14 for 40 minutes) 47-26. Boks need to beat the Pumas tonight to win the trophy.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.08.19 13:41:51 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 3) : Actually just need a losing bonus point

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.08.19 15:45:18 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Boks will suddenly have a lot of “loyal” supporters again today. But I must say I’m a lot more comfortable with what Rassie gets out of players. Even Jantjies seems better.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.08.19 15:52:48 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 5) : Maybe Sharks should get Rassie for head coach. He and Everitt could work well.

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.08.19 15:53:25 by coolfusion Reply

  • Not the prettiest match but the Boks using their chances when they get them

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.08.19 23:10:25 by Bokhoring Reply
  • PSDT must be close to the best blindside in the world

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.08.19 23:14:23 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Boks getting some silverware again. 46-13

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.08.19 23:26:24 by Bokhoring Reply
  • At long last Boks get a trophy again. I wonder if this would have been possible with Allister Coetzee at the helm? Probably not.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.08.19 23:31:23 by coolfusion Reply

  • @coolfusion (Comment 10) : Maybe only the Africa cup after we were relegated from tier 1 status

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.08.19 12:23:23 by SheldonK Reply

  • The Argies have been poor this rugby championship, I do believe that they will be better at the world cup though. They just need to refresh and go again, they look tired especially up front.
    Faf De Klerk is lucky this wasn’t club rugby, because after that performance he would be seriously drunk from all the fines.
    Pollard was good and abrasive but I would have liked to see Steyn play 10 in the last bit as that is where he was covering from the bench.
    Jantjies speedy and effective again.
    And then lastly Leroux needs to communicate better with his wingers on defence, they both go walk about too often

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.08.19 12:28:56 by SheldonK Reply

  • @SheldonK (Comment 12) : They will have to sort out their scrum urgently. Hard to believe the country that gave us the Bajada scrum now can’t scrum – I blame Graham Henry :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.08.19 13:30:44 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 13) : Pretty much those same players scrummed well just over a year or so ago, I honestly think they are tired and fatigued. If I was their coach id send very much a fringe side to loftus and let the main guys rest.

  • Comment 14, posted at 12.08.19 14:08:47 by SheldonK Reply


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