The Pumas will be measured this Saturday as a visitor against the Springboks, for the first day of the Rugby Championship. In case of winning, the Argentine team could climb to a historic position.
The Pumas could rise to their best historical position (3rd) in the World Rugby Rankings, if they manage to beat the Springboks by more than 15 points, regardless of the result of the Wallabies. For the world champions, the first place will remain assured, regardless of any result.
With a great streak (eight played, four won, three draws and one defeat), those led by Mario Ledesma will have one more incentive in their first match against the World champions. For the ranking made by World Rugby, a good result by the albiceleste cast will see them rise from seventh to fourth (winning by less than 15 points), in case Australia does not beat the All Blacks. If Los Pumas win by 15 or less than 15 points, and Australia does the same, the Argentine team will be placed in fifth place.
The best historical position of an Argentine national team in the ranking was in June 2008, after the third place obtained in France 2007. To return to that privileged place, Los Pumas will have to improve what they did in 2018, when they beat the South Africans by 32 to 19 in Mendoza, in what was the Argentine victory with the greatest difference in the history.
The scenarios in the event of a Los Pumas win:
The Pumas will rise to the third position in the ranking if they beat South Africa by more than 15 points.
The Pumas will climb to fourth position if they win by 15 or less points, and Australia does not win the victory against the All Blacks
The Pumas will be in fifth place if they beat South Africa by 15 or fewer points, and if the Wallabies defeat the All Blacks.