Argentina host South Africa tonight as a brilliantly open rugby championship continues with the conclusion of the fifth round in Buenos Aires. Both Argentina and South Africa are still fighting to wrest the title from New Zealand in the penultimate round of play and a bonus point win for both would put them level with the All Blacks at the top of the standings.
New Zealand took over their fate as they beat Australia in a wild and dramatic contest in Melbourne on Thursday, with Ian Foster’s side clinching an incredible 39-37 win after the buzzer, and the twists and turns of this year’s Rugby Championship look set to continue here .
South Africa rallied against Australia in their last game two weeks ago but chaos has reigned off the pitch since then as Elton Jantjies, who left half the squad, was sent home from camp while Argentina bounced back from their historic win over New Zealand the earth was reclaimed – with the All Blacks taking revenge with a 50-point win in Hamilton. Follow Argentina vs South Africa live updates below:
How to watch the game
Viewers in the UK can watch the rugby championship match live on Sky Sports Arena, broadcasting from 8pm BST.
Subscribers can also stream the game through the Sky Go app.
Michael JonesSep 17, 2022 7:53 p.m
Kolisi on the game against Argentina
When asked to rate Argentina’s strengths earlier this week, South Africa captain Siya Kolisi explained how he expects the hosts to join his side tonight.
“We’re expecting a tough fight against the hosts and we know we have to bring as much intensity as possible from the start because they start the games strong,” he said.
“We had a good week and a half of training last week and also a few days off so we’re looking forward to the duel… it will be important to stick to our game plan.
“Their loose forwards are all good off the ball so we need to be mindful of the ball in the event of mishaps and make sure we take the chances we create in the game.”
Michael JonesSep 17, 2022 7:47 p.m
Can Argentina win the rugby championship?
With two wins and two losses, Argentina still have a chance to win the rugby championship for the first time.
If they manage to get past South Africa tonight – by a bonus point – they will draw level with New Zealand on 14 points and close the competition on an exciting conclusion in the final week of matches.
Michael JonesSep 17, 2022 7:41 p.m
Argentina vs. South Africa: bonus points crucial
In addition to beating Argentina in Saturday’s penultimate rugby championship clash in Buenos Aires, South Africa will hope for an opportunity to pick up important bonus points, said scrum half Faf de Klerk.
This year’s Southern Hemisphere Championship is a hard-fought affair, with all four countries winning two of their first four games and losing two.
However, New Zealand tops the table by 10 points, one more than South Africa, Australia and Argentina after earning an extra bonus point for scoring three or more tries than their opponents.
This weekend, the All Blacks take on Australia in Melbourne while South Africa seek success in Argentina, where they have won 12 times in 15 previous Tests.
“Anyone who knows rugby and looks at the log table knows the situation and knows that we have to get the maximum of five points in our next two games,” De Klerk said at a virtual press conference on Wednesday.
“Bonus points will be everything in the last two games. Here we are and we know what we have to do. We are determined to do it.”
Jack RatbornSeptember 17, 2022 7:35 p.m
Siya Kolisi previews the fight between Julian Montoya and Jasper Wiese
One of the much-anticipated clashes will see Argentina captain Julian Montoya take on Leicester Tigers team-mate Jasper Wiese, who has been largely outstanding this year with his powerful tumbles in eighth place for the Springboks.
“He was incredible, he always takes his opportunity. You know exactly what he’s going to bring to the team with his energy,” Kolisi said of back-row partner Wiese.
“He was dismissed early in one of the tests against Wales (in July). Some guys might have gotten excited and made a scene, but he understood that he wasn’t doing what was needed at the time.
“He stayed calm and came back the next week and became man of the match, which says a lot about him. He is an important part of our team.”
Jack RatbornSep 17, 2022 7:28 p.m
Argentina vs. South Africa: Siya Kolisi predicts a fierce battle at the breakdown
South Africa captain Siya Kolisi predicts an uphill battle in losing her must-win rugby championship match against Argentina in Buenos Aires on Saturday, where victory for both sides will keep them in contention for the title.
They are each five points behind leaders New Zealand and will draw level with the All Blacks if they can pick up a bonus point win.
Both sides have been inconsistent this season, struggling to string together a string of good performances, but Kolisi believes whoever wins the battle on the ground will prevail.
“We will make sure we play according to the game plan, but also according to what lies ahead,” he told reporters on Friday. “(Pablo) Matera is good on the ball, as are (Marcos) Kremer and (Julian) Montoya. Even (Agustin) Creevy when he comes.
“We have to make sure we take care of the breakdown. You can’t do anything without the ball and we have to take care of it. If we don’t, they’re going to have a great day. As loose forwards we have to make sure we manage the field.”
Jack RatbornSeptember 17, 2022 7:20 p.m
Argentina vs South Africa Prediction
If Argentina put on the kind of defensive display they did against the All Blacks in Hamilton, it could be difficult for South Africa, but the Springboks will assess their chances of overtaking their hosts up front. South Africa wins by ten points.
Jack RatbornSep 17, 2022 7:14 p.m
Argentina vs South Africa odds
Jack RatbornSep 17, 2022 7:07 p.m
Line-up Argentina vs. South Africa
Argentina XV (1-15): Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Julian Montoya (Captain), Eduardo Bello; Matias Alemanno, Tomas Lavanini; Juan Martin González, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera; Gonzalo Bertranou, Santiago Carreras; Lucio Cinti, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Emiliano Boffelli; Juan Cruz Mallia
Substitutes: Agustin Creevy, Thomas Gallo, Joel Sclavi, Guido Petti, Rodrigo Bruni, Tomas Cubelli, Benjamin Urdapilleta.
South Africa XV (1-15): Steven Kitshoff, Malcolm Marx, Frans Malherbe; Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jäger; Siya Kolisi (Captain), Franco Mostert, Jasper Wiese; Jaden Hendrikse, Damian Willemse; Makazole Mapimpi, Damian de Allende, Jesse Kriel, Canan Moodie; Willie le Roux.
Substitute: Deon Fourie, Ox Nche, Trevor Nyakane, Elrigh Louw, Kwagga Smith, Faf de Klerk, Frans Steyn, Andre Esterhuizen
Jack RatbornSeptember 17, 2022 7:00 p.m
Team News Argentina vs. South Africa
Argentina have made seven changes from the side that were badly beaten by New Zealand two weeks ago. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro and Eduardo Bello form a new support pair, while Matias Alemanno and Juan Martin Gonzalez return to the starting XI on the second and back rows respectively. Gonzalo Bertranou replaces Tomas Cubelli in the scrum half, a fit Jeronimo de la Fuente is back in midfield and Lucio Cinti starts on the wing. Assuming the hooker is used from the bench, Agustin Creevy will surpass Nicolas Sanchez as the all-time all-time most capped Argentine player.
South Africa’s starting XI is unchanged after winning in Sydney. Canan Moodie, a try-scorer on debut in Australia’s win, earns a second cap while Damian Willemse continues at half-time and Elton Jantjies is sent home for disciplinary reasons. Faf de Klerk is back on the bench alongside Andre Esterhuizen and Elrigh Louw, with Jacques Nienaber again favoring a conventional 5-3 split for his substitutes.
Jack RatbornSep 17, 2022 6:54 p.m
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