South Africa v Argentina - Saturday 16.00
South Africa are rightly the clear favourites for Saturday's opener against an Argentinian side who have only won just one of their last 10 Tests. The two sides both beat each other at home in last year’s Rugby Championship but the Pumas have only won one Test since, against rugby minnows Georgia, and lost their most recent series at home to a weakened England side 2-0.
It hasn’t been plain sailing for the Springboks however, with Allister Coetzee’s debut campaign in 2016 quickly becoming somewhat of a horror show, with only a 33% winning ratio, losing eight of the first 12 Tests under his leadership, including a home defeat to Ireland - the first in the countries history. With both the attack and defence coaches being replaced before the most recent series, it appears that the Springbok's fortunes may be changing, following those three resounding victories over the French.
Although Argentina failed to register a win against England, they pushed them all the way on both occasions but winning is a habit, and Argentina have certainly not been able to find that in recent times. However, the hope is they can at least give the South African's a game and with a fully fresh squad to go to war with, Argentina's best performances will likely come in the first few games of the Championships.