Rugby Championship 2014: Argentina v South Africa head to head ratings

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No.ArgentinaRatingSouth AfricaRating
1.Marcos Ayerza – Very experienced and established loosehead. Gave Jannie du Plessis a tough ride last week and should do the same again.8Gurthro Steenkamp – In the starting line-up due to his superior scrummaging. Likes a carry and is as tough as nails.7
2.Agustin Creevy (c) – Didn’t have the best game in the world last week, especially with his set pieces. Things could be different on home soil though.6.5Bismarck du Plessis – The best hooker in the world. Solid at the set piece, a strong ball carrier and deadly at the breakdown.9.5
3.Ramiro Herrera – Put the more experienced Beast under the screw at times during the scrums last week. A big boy who uses his size well.8Jannie du Plessis – Struggled a bit at the set pieces last week but he is still an all-round superb player.8
4.Mariano Galarza – Dynamic lock who has been hit and miss lately. Needs a strong showing or could be dropped.6.5Eben Etzebeth – Stunningly good player but always gets involves in niggles when playing Argentina. Needs to keep his head.8.5
5.Tomas Lavanini – Inexperienced but another big lad with a reputation for wonderful things. Didn’t look out of place last week.7Lood de Jager – Great work rate and 1708900398ethic in the loose but one of the main reasons why the Bok lineout struggled in the previous match.7
6.Pablo Matera – Yet another talented Pumas youngster. Just 21 but plays like an experienced pro7.5Francois Louw – A tackling machine with the stamina to keep running all day. One of the best at what he does.8.5
7.Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe – The best player on the park last week. He worked non-stop and leads from the front.9Juan Smith – A remarkable comeback for the flanker but he deserves it after playing so well for Toulon. Should make a big impact.8
8.Juan Manuel Leguizamon – Needs a good game to halt this South African pack. Another Argentine who never stops.7.5Duane Vermuelen – Had a great game last week. The tackle-busting big carries are needed in this tricky test.8.5
9.Martin Landajo – Doesn’t necessarily have the ability to make a big impact on the game. Back-row will need to protect him.6Ruan Pienaar – Scored a typical Pienaar try last week and bossed his pack the entire game. Has a great boot.8
10.Nicolas Sanchez – Argentina’s best attacking player in the last test. He can kick the points and hold his own in defence.7Handre Pollard – Had a shocker last week but he’s an old head on young shoulders and he should learn from his mistakes.7
11.Manuel Montero – A great finisher but he needs the ball in his hands a lot more. If he goes looking, tries could come.7.5Bryan Habana – A hamstring injury means appearances have been limited this season but underestimate the cheetah racer at your peril.8
12.Juan Martin Hernandez – Placed in the centres again so hopefully should get decent ball in hand. Electric on his day.7Jean de Villiers – Captain Fantastic. Makes big tackles, hits hard lines and supports like he is still a teenager.8
13.Marcelo Bosch – Tends to play better for his country than for Saracens. Classy in attack and with a monster boot.8Damian de Allende – Had a solid debut last week and if the weather improves, expect to see a lot more of his attacking prowess.7
14.Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino – Another play who can be very hit and miss. Quick with a great step but doesn’t score too often.6Cornal Hendricks – Has made the transition from sevens to full international with ease. Superb finisher.7.5
15.Joaquin Tuculet – Good with ball in hand but has not played a lot recently. Wasn’t too shabby last week though.6.5Wille le Roux – One of the best attackers in the world. Can read the game like nobody else and threatens from everywhere.9
TOTAL108119.5

PREDICTION

Neither side was at its best last week, but then conditions were atrocious. If the weather’s better this weekend, we should (hopefully) be in for a better game, but it’s difficult to see anything other than the same result. South Africa by 15.

By Calum Gillon (@C_Gillon)

One thought on “Rugby Championship 2014: Argentina v South Africa head to head ratings

  1. Perhaps Calum’s predict will be more accurate than Jaimie’s? We’ll see, but I was somewhat surprised that the Argintines had SA on the rack @ the end last time & that the Saffas could only score 1. I thought that they’d be better, esp if they intend challanging NZ(?) for the title. Of course early days yet, but the S Times talk of NZ getting old & grey & in the way may be a mite prem.

    Here’s to watching the match @ the C&Horses, Kew Grn, 8.30pm tonight then.

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