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South Africa and Argentina open their 2016 Rugby Championship campaign at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. The Springboks had a disastrous Rugby Championship last year, when they picked up the wooden spoon in a truncated competition, losing all three of their fixtures, including a surprise reverse against the Pumas in Durban, when they were defeated 27-35. They did recover to make the semi-finals of the World Cup, despite a humiliating loss to Japan in their opening Pool fixture, before losing narrowly 18-20 to the eventual winners, New Zealand.
In June, the South Africa played a home series against Ireland. After losing to the 14-man Irish by 20-26 in Cape Town, they recovered to win close contests in Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth to take the series 2-1. The 2015 victory against the Springboks, was just a second win in 18 Rugby Championship outings for the Pumas. However, that result propelled them to produce some of the most stunning rugby in the World Cup. However, despite qualifying for the semi-finals of the World Tournament, it should be noted that the three defeats suffered by the South Americans, were all against their rivals in the Rugby Championships. The Pumas played two Tests against an understrength France side in the Summer, winning the first clash 30-19, before losing 0-27 in the second meeting.
Posted: 8th August 2015
South Africa and Argentina have both experienced disappointing 2015 Rugby Championship campaigns, although for different reasons. The Springboks with two home games, and just one away, in the curtailed season, due to the World Cup in England, had high hopes of talking the title, which has been in the possession of the All Blacks for the past three seasons. However, two narrow defeats have left them needing to defeat the Argentine Pumas in Durban on Saturday, in order to avoid the wooden spoon. The Boks had lead the Wallabies by 21-7 in Perth in Round 1, but collapsed in the final quarter, and lost by 24-20, when they home side claimed a last gasp score. In Round 2 in Johannesburg, the Boks once more failed to close out a game that seemed to be in their grasp. Losing 20-27 to the All Blacks. This maintained a run that has seen the All Blacks as the only side to lower the South Africa colours on South African soil during their 20 matches at home. During that sequence they have won 16 and also drawn with England in 2012 in Port Elizabeth.
The Pumas hoped to build on their performances from the 2014 tournament, when they were highly competitive, and managed to defeat the Wallabies in Mendoza, their first ever win in the tournament. However, they have slipped to heavy defeats in Christchurch to the All Blacks by 18-39, and in Mendoza against the Wallabies by 9-34.
Posted: 16th August 2014
The Springboks and Pumas open their 2014 Rugby Championship campaign in Loftus Versfeld Stadium Pretoria on Saturday, with the two teams in all reality, having vastly different expectations of the tournament. After a successful summer international series, in which they defeated a World XV, Wales by 2-0, and finally thumped Scotland in a one off Test, the home team will be looking to make a sustained challenge for this season's title. The Pumas on the other hand, were defeated at home by Ireland 2-0, and by Scotland who also played a one off Test in the country. Admittedly the Pumas were under strength, missing many of their top players who are based with leading European clubs. They will seek to record their first win since their admittance to the Rugby Championship in 2012. Last season saw the Springboks challenge the All Blacks for the title, going into the last match of the competition, with a chance, all be it a slender one, of stealing the silverware from under the Kiwis noses. Ultimately, the New Zealand triumphed in what was a truly great international.
Argentina managed a draw with the Springboks in 2012, but has lost their other 11 fixtures over the past two seasons, including a 73-13 mauling by South Africa last season. The 17 internationals between the two sides have resulted in 16 wins for South Africa and just that one draw in 2012 to blight the record.
Posted: 17th August 2013
The second of this weekend’s Rugby Championship games sees South Africa host Argentina in Johannesburg. Watch the Boks take on Argentina live on your pc by joining watchliverugby.tv today. The Boks had an average Rugby Championship last year. They lost to Australia and New Zealand away, escaped by the skin of their teeth with a draw in Argentina, and beat the Pumas and Wallabies comfortably at home before losing to the All Blacks. Since then, they have won six in a row, keeping a 100% record in their overseas tour last year and the incoming tests against Samoa, Scotland and Italy in June. Coach Heyneke Meyer has decided to recall veteran scrumhalf Fourie du Preez to the mix and will be hoping that the former Bulls 9 can have the same impact that his Suntory team mate George Smith did in Super Rugby this year. However Meyer does not have the likes of Pierre Spies, Arno Botha, JP Pietersen, Frans Steyn and Johan Goosen available at his disposal.
The Pumas were impressive last year and come into this game on the back of a couple of wins in their warm up games against the NSW Barbarians at home. With the new scrum laws taking the hit out of the equation, the Pumas tight five will be looking to cause the Boks a few problems upfront. Will Argentina upset the Springboks in Johannesburg? See South Africa v Argentina online and find out.
Posted: 18th August 2012
On Saturday, August 18th, the Rugby Championship continues with South Africa and Argentina playing in Cape Town at 17:00 local time and two hours earlier GMT. Argentina debuts this week in a major event when they play in Cape Town. It will be a first for the Pumas, sitting next to the three biggest teams from the southern hemisphere of the globe in the Tri-Nations competition. They've doine well in the World Cup, taking third in 2007 and then they were taken out by the All Blacks in the quarterfinals in last years event.
As for South Africa, they started out the test series in June with a win over England, but this will be their first time facing their rivals. They haven't won a title since 2009, but fans are hoping they will prevail against the Pumas.
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