Pollard stars as South Africa win Rugby Championship

Title-seeking Springboks ring in changes for Pumas showdown

Title-seeking Springboks ring in changes for Pumas showdown

He has given a window into his thinking, keeping largely the same side that played in the 16-16 draw with the All Blacks, bar an all-new front-row to counter the considerable shove of the Argentine pack.

South Africa lead the Rugby Championship with seven points after two rounds, New Zealand have six, Australia four and Argentina two.

Tendai Mtawarira will make his 110th appearance for Springboks and will replace Steven Kitshoff at loosehead prop. Bongi Mbonambi returns as hooker with Malcolm Marx moved to the bench with Trevor Nyakane earning a promotion to take the tighthead prop position.

South Africa now are at the top place in the Rugby Championship with seven points and could win the tournament for the first time since 2009 if they secure a bonus point win over Argentina.

The changes for the Salta test are the continuation of a rotational system with Mtawarira, Mbonambi and Nyakane starting in a 35-17 win over Australia in Johannesburg.

Kitshoff, Marx and Malherbe began the drawn Test away to World Cup trophy-holders New Zealand the following weekend.

"This Test is a good opportunity for Bongi and Trevor to start next to the "Beast", who has a wealth of experience from playing more than 100 Tests", said coach Rassie Erasmus.

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"We all know about the massively hard forward threat of Argentina, however; they are a clever side with skill and pace out wide, so we will have to be alert on defence right until the final whistle".

"Argentina are a fantastic team and they play really well in front of their home crowd, especially here in Salta". SuperSport 1 will stream the action live - a subscription is required to watch.

- Argentina's only victory in their last 10 Tests on home soil (L9) came against South Africa (25 August 2018).

That suggests a territory game and speed at the breakdown against a home side that have won three of the Boks' last five visits to Argentina, including a handsome 32-19 victory in Mendoza previous year.

- Guido Petti Pagadizaval (Argentina) has won 12 lineouts (including 2 steals) in 2019, the most of any player and the only one to have already reached double figures.

Prediction: Springboks should win, but don't get a skrik if it's a bit tighter than you might expect.

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