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Argentina vs. South Africa: Live Stream, Preview for Rugby Championship 2019

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 10, 2019

Argentina's Los Pumas Bautista Delguy (C) vies for the ball with South Africa's Springboks Francois Louw (L) and Faf De Klerk (R) during a Rugby Championship 2018 test match at Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza, some 1050 km west of Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 25, 2018. - Argentina's Los Pumas won by 32-19. (Photo by Andres Larrovere / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANDRES LARROVERE/AFP/Getty Images)
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South Africa will control their own destiny when they face Argentina in their final match of the 2019 Rugby Championship on Saturday, as the Springboks will be crowned champions if they beat the Pumas with the bonus, regardless of the result in the match between New Zealand and Australia.

The All Blacks sit one point behind the Springboks in the standings and will face old rivals Australia in Perth earlier on Saturday.

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The final week of the #RugbyChampionship is approaching with the Wallabies welcoming the All Blacks to town while the Springboks travel to Argentina on Saturday night. Australia, New Zealand and South Africa all still have the chance to lift the trophy, who will it be? https://t.co/xcEuuODpU1

If the Springboks pull through in Salta, Argentina, it will be their first title in a decade:

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Here's the South African side that will go up against Argentina this Saturday. SA can clinch the Castle Lager Rugby Championship for the first time since 2009 - they just need to beat the Pumas with a bonus point. #ARGvRSA https://t.co/aAVYMOxgnx

British fans can tune in via Sky Sports Action. The match will start at 8:40 p.m. BST.

South Africa will shake up their front row for this contest, as props Tendai Mtawarira and Trevor Nyakane and hooker Bongi Mbonambi are in line for a start ahead of Steven Kitshoffโ€š Frans Malherbe and Malcolm Marx.

The Springboks have little reason to make any other changes to the side, which is coming off an impressive 16-16 draw against New Zealand in Wellington.

Coupled with their 35-17 win over the Wallabies in their opener, that puts them in a great position to end the All Blacks' reign over the tournament.

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - JULY 27: Lukhanyo Am of the Springboks is tackled by Jack Goodhue of the All Blacks during the 2019 Rugby Championship Test Match between New Zealand and South Africa at Westpac Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand
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Since 2012, New Zealand have won every edition of the competition, with the exception of 2015, when the Wallabies hoisted the trophy. That was also a World Cup year, however, and the All Blacks went on to win in England.

With this year's World Cup less than two months away, Saturday's clash is about more than just the Rugby Championship. Both teams will try to build momentum heading into the World Cup, and they will believe they're in a great position to do so.

Argentina are winless so far in the tournament, but they lost their two matches by a combined 10 points. New Zealand, in particular, had to dig deep in Buenos Aires, holding on for a 20-16 win.

A win in Salta and a Rugby Championship triumph would be the perfect World Cup preparation for South Africa.

The two teams have met three times in Salta, and the Springboks hold a 2-1 advantage.

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