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Springboks v Argentina Betting Tips – Rugby Championship Round One

Springboks v Argentina Betting Tips – Rugby Championship Round One

Following a tough series win over the British and Irish Lions, the Springboks are thrust straight into the defence of their Rugby Championship title when they welcome Argentina to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday. The bruising series victory has taken it’s toll on the World Champions with Pieter-Steph du Toit ruled out for the remainder of the year after undergoing shoulder surgery, while Jacques Nienaber has been forced to make 10-changes to his team for the opening exchanges in order to give some of the squad time to recuperate. Tipsters Form Labs guide you to where the value might lie with their betting tips for what should be another physical encounter.


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Having lost the opening Test against the British and Irish Lions, South Africa pulled together to bring back the series for a 2-1 win. 

Not many could have seen them managing that feat following an 18 month break without a single fixture, but they proved why they’re the current world champions.  

This will be the 31st meeting between the South Africans and Argentina dating back to when they first locked horns in 1993. 

The Pumas have won just three of those tussles but have shown remarkable improvement across the last six years, as prior to that they’d failed to win any of the opening 19 head-to-heads. 

Following the 2020 Rugby Championship you have to look at Argentina in a different light. They overturned New Zealand for the first time in their history, and they are more than capable of beating any team in the world. 

They’ve been warming up for this competition against a Welsh side without their Lions players, drawing the first match 20-20 after receiving a red card in the opening half an hour, while they won the second Test by 22 points, so they’re on the right track. 

Argentina +9 Point Handicap

Jacques Nienaber has made as many as 10 changes to his starting team for this encounter. That sees the likes of Elton Jantjies at fly half, Francois Steyn and Jesse Kriel in the centres and fresh faces in the back three as well. 

In fact, only Siya Kolisi, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Jasper Wiese and Cobus Reinach have kept their starting spots from the final Lions Test. 

Considering the vast amount of changes to the World Cup winners, we’re inclined to take them on in one way or another given their short price. 

The bookies give them a 77% chance of victory, but the Pumas have now won three of the last eight Rugby Championship meetings between them since 2015, and this should go to the wire considering the respective starting teams. 

Argentina have only once lost against a Tier One nation since the 2019 World Cup, having played New Zealand, Australia and Wales all twice. 

That sole defeat came against the Kiwis and we can forgive them for that, while two draws against the Aussies on the road is respectable, and they’ll take some beating this weekend. 

Argentina +9 Point Handicap At Evs

Springboks v Argentina Teams

South Africa: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sbu Nkosi, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Aphelele Fassi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ox Nché.

Replacements: 16 Malcolm Marx, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Dan du Preez, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Morné Steyn.

Argentina: 15 Santiago Carreras, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Santiago Chocobares, 12 Jerónimo De La Fuente, 11 Matías Moroni, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Facundo Isa, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Marco Kremer, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela,2 Julian Montoya (Captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Replacements:16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Carlos Muzzio, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Tomas Lavanini, 20 Matias Alemanno, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere





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