Creevy to score half-ton against Boks

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:33
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Argentina captain Agustin Creevy will bring up his half-ton against South Africa in Nelspruit on Saturday.

Creevy will lead the team out in his 50th Test - which is their opening match of the 2016 Rugby Championship.

The team shows four changes from their last outing, a 0-27 loss to France in June.

Juan Martin Hernández starts at inside centre in place of the injured Jeronimo de la Fuente - who suffered a contraction in the soleus (lower calf) of his right leg in the build-up to the Rugby Championship.

There is also a change at scrumhalf, with 9 Martín Landajo
starting in the No.9 jersey and Tomas Cubelli dropping down to the replacement bench.

Juan Manuel Leguizamon returns to the starting XV in place of Javier Ortega Desio, who will also play off the bench.

The last change is at lock, where Matías Alemanno starts at No.4 and Guido Petti Pagadizaval drops down to the bench.

The Pumas have been training in Johannesburg and only travel to Nelspruit on Thursday.

It will be the 23rd encounter between the two countries, with the Pumas having won only once - in Durban last year. There was also a draw in 2012.

Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Juan Martin Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Felipe Arregui, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Ramiro Moyano.

Date: Saturday, August 20
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT, 12.00 Argentina time)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garcès (France), Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
TMO: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

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