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Argentina v South Africa, Rugby Championship, August 25
Pumas hoping to capitalise on home advantage
ESPN Staff
August 20, 2012
South Africa flanker Marcell Coetzee is congratulated after scoring, South Africa v Argentina, The Rugby Championship, Newlands, Cape Town, South Africa, August 18, 2012
Marcell Coetzee bagged South Africa's second try in Cape Town © Getty Images
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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

Statsguru archive:

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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