Pumas and Boks change one lock each for second clash

The Rugby Championship
by AFP

South Africa lock Franco Mostert has been recalled in the only change to the starting line-up for the Rugby Championship return match against Argentina in Mendoza Saturday. 

The forward, a recent signing by English Premiership outfit Gloucester from the Lions, replaces Pieter-Steph du Toit, who drops to the bench.

In changes among the substitutes, tighthead prop Wilco Louw and lock RG Snyman come in and Thomas du Toit, Marvin Orie and Marco van Staden are omitted.

Coach Johan 'Rassie' Erasmus said: "Franco needed rest after the Super Rugby campaign and the June internationals against England and we did not consider him for Durban.

"He has been our first-choice number five lock and that is why is starting in Mendoza this Saturday."

South Africa came from nine points behind during the first half in Durban last Saturday to score a bonus-point 34-21 victory. They share first place with New Zealand.

Erasmus resisted the temptation to reshuffle his back row of flankers Francois Louw and captain Siya Kolisi and number eight Warren Whiteley, who were average last weekend.

Siya Kolisi will skipper the Springboks from a new position on Sunday morning. Photo: Getty Images"I want to build more continuity and this combination now has another opportunity to play together and gain more experience," he said.

South Africa found the going tough during two previous visits to Estadio Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza, a western city at the foothills of the Andes mountains.

The Springboks scraped a 16-16 draw in 2012 -- the year the Pumas joined the southern hemisphere championship -- and won 22-17 the following season.

"We have always rated Argentina as a very powerful team and we felt the game in Durban was physical," said Erasmus.

"They are going to step it up and I think they will come hard at our mauling, scrums and the breakdowns."

Meanwhile, Tomas Lavanini replaces Matias Alemanno at lock in the only change to the Argentina starting line-up. 

Alemanno replaces Lavanini on the bench, where there are three other changes with centre Jeronimo de la Fuente, scrum-half Tomas Cubelli and hooker Facundo Bosch promoted.   

Utility back Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, hooker Diego Fortuny and veteran scrum-half Martin Landajo drop out of the matchday 23 for the game at Estadio 
Malvinas Argentinas.

Cubelli is back in the squad after a long absence having been injured against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship last year.

The Pumas will be seeking only a second home victory over the Springboks after one win, one draw and 11 losses in the South American nation since they first met there 25 years ago. 

Hooker Agustin Creevy skippers a side that lost twice to Wales and once to Scotland at home during June before coming off second best to South Africa in Durban. 


Argentina to face South Africa

1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

2. Agustin Creevy

3. Juan Figallo

4. Guido Petti

5. Tomas Lavanini

6. Pablo Matera 

7. Marcos Kremer

8. Javier Ortega Desio

9. Gonzalo Bertranou

10. Nicolas Sanchez

11. Ramiro Moyano

12. Bautista Ezcurra 

13. Matias Moroni

14. Bautista Delguy

15. Emiliano Boffelli


16. Facundo Bosch

17. Santiago Garcia Botta

18. Santiago Medrano

19. Matias Alemanno

20. Tomas Lezana

21. Tomas Cubelli

22. Jeronimo de la Fuente

23. Juan Cruz Mallia 

Springboks to face Argentina

1. Tendai Mtawarira

2. Malcolm Marx

3. Franz Malherbe

4. Eben Etzebeth

5. Franco Mostert

6. Francois Louw

7. Siya Kolisi

8. Warren Whiteley

9. Faf de Klerk

10. Handre Pollard

11. Aphiwe Dyantyi

12. Andre Esterhuizen

13. Lukhanyo Am

14. Makazole Mapimpi

15. Willie le Roux


16. Bongi Mbonambi

17. Steven Kitshoff

18. Wilco Louw

19. RG Snyman

20. Pieter-Steph du Toit

21. Embrose Papier

22. Lionel Mapoe

23. Damian Willemse