The Pumas they will face this Saturday before South Africa as a visitor, in what will be the debut of both teams in the Rugby Championship 2021. History tells that, except for the great victory in Durban in 2015, it is not an easy terrain for the Argentines, with a single win and seven wins for the Springboks.
Since Los Pumas’ participation in the Rugby Championship, visits to South Africa have become commonplace, or at least annually. Except for 2020, the year in which the South Africans were left out of the tournament, then they saw each other frequently every year.
On August 18, 2012, Los Pumas performed in Cape Town and achieved what they had been looking for for several years: having a regular competition. In the debut of the team that Santiago Phelan directed at that time, the Albicelestes they lost in their presentation 27-6 to the Springboks.
For the following year, Soweto’s night witnessed the biggest win in team history at the championship. The Springboks were categorical with a 73-13 Before a team that went to new faces and gave his first game as a starter to Pablo Matera. Nicolás Sánchez and Juan Imhoff also appeared in the starting team and Agustín Creevy and Tomás Cubelli entered the substitute bench.
The story changed for 2014, where South Africa won again, but this time by a tight 13-6 at the Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria. They were times of Daniel Hourcade at the head of the team and the names of 2012 were joined by Joaquín Tuculet, Martín Landajo, Tomás Lavanini, Ramiro Herrera, Lucas Noguera Paz, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Matías Alemanno and Jerónimo de la Fuente.
It was 50 years since the epic of Los Pumas del 65 and the best tribute was given by the players on the night of Durban. In Kings Park, The Pumas beat the Springboks 37-25 for the first time in his land, with a magical night by Juan Imhoff who scored three tries.
In the last matches, the wins stayed at home. In 2016, it was a victory for South Africa with a 30-23 in Nelspruit. 2017 It was a triumph for the locals by 37-15 at Nelson Mandela Stadium in Porth Elizabeth. 2018 delivered another 34-21 loss in Durban, the last official match for the Rugby Championship.
There were eight African land games for the Rugby Championship, a fortress where the Springboks become strong and won seven games. The Pumas could only win once and Mario Ledesma, as in 2020, wants to start the tournament with a hit just like against the All Blacks.