Pumas hoping to capitalise on home advantage
August 20, 2012
Marcell Coetzee bagged South Africa's second try in Cape Town © Getty Images
Argentina take on South Africa in Mendoza on Saturday and the Pumas will hope that home advantage can help them register a first win in the fixture.
Last weekend saw Santiago Phelan's side make their Rugby Championship bow in Cape Town, where the Springboks ran out 27-6 victors thanks to tries from Zane Kirchner, Marcell Coetzee and Bryan Habana.
Prior to that, the sides met most recently in 2008, when South Africa ran in nine tries in a 63-9 victory at Ellis Park, although the travelling side that day was far from full-strength.
The most important meeting in their 14-match history and came at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. South Africa prevailed 37-13 thanks to a Bryan Habana brace to book their place in the final - where they defeated England.
The teams first met in 1993 - although the South American Jaguars were regular visitors to South Africa during their sporting isolation - when the Springboks prevailed 29-26 in Buenos Aires.
Argentina v South Africa
All-time record: Played: 14, South Africa won 14
Biggest winning margin: South Africa: 54 (Johannesburg, 2008)
Highest score: Argentina 33 (33-37, Buenos Aires, 2000); South Africa 63 (63-9, Johannesburg, 2008)
Most tries: Argentina 3 (four occasions); South Africa 9 (Johannesburg, 2008)
Most points (individual): Argentina: 50 Gonzalo Quesada; South Africa: 47 Joel Stransky
Most tries (individual): Argentina: 2 Manuel and Felipe Contepomi, Gonzalo Camardon, Rolando Martin; South Africa: 5 James Small
Click here for Argentina's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click here for South Africa's Test record courtesy of Statsguru
Click here for a record of all Argentina v South Africa matches courtesy of Statsguru
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