The Barbarians make their traditional year-end appearance at Twickenham on Saturday when they take on Argentina in what should be an exciting encounter. We take a look at the game from a betting angle.
South African coach, Rassie Erasmus takes charge of the Barbarian side and he has picked a team which is laced with South Africans and will be captained by New Zealand veteran, Wyatt Crockett. There is very little value in reading into the Barbarians form as the side changes all the time but their last performance was a 63-45 victory over England at Twickenham back in May and we can only hope that we see a similar brand of rugby from both teams this time around.
15 Jack Debreczeni (Chiefs), 14 Tommaso Benvenuti (Benetton & Italy), 13 Tom English (Rebels & Australia), 12 Damian de Allende (Stormers & South Africa), 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi (Lions & South Africa), 10 Handre Pollard (Bulls & South Africa), 9 Leon Fukofuka (Auckland & Tonga), 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon (Jaguares & Argentina), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit (Stormers & South Africa), 6 Siya Kolisi (Stormers & South Africa), 5 Lood de Jager (Bulls & South Africa), 4 Luke Jones (Bordeaux Begles & Australia), 3 Trevor Nyakane (Bulls & South Africa), 2 Schalk Brits (South Africa), 1 Wyatt Crockett (Crusaders & New Zealand, captain)
Substitutes: 16 Steven Kitshoff (Stormers & South Africa), 17 Malcolm Marx (Lions & South Africa), 18 Anton Peikrishvili (Cardiff Blues & Georgia), 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe (Stormers & South Africa), 20 Jordan Taufua (Crusaders), 21 Frank Lomani (Rebels & Fiji), 22 Jesse Kriel (Bulls & South Africa), 23 Elton Jantjies (Lions & South Africa)
Argentina have made a number of changes following their 14-9 loss to Scotland last week. A week before that they were outplayed by France 28-13 and they also lost the opening match of their tour 28-17 to Ireland and a lot of the momentum that they built up in the Rugby Championship has dissipated.
15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Sebastian Cancelliere, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera (c), 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Juan Pablo Zeiss
Substitutes: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Tomas Lavanini, 20 Santiago Grondona, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 23 Santiago Carreras
Betting – click here to bet
Barbarians -5.5 at 9/0
Argentina +5.5 at 9/10
Suggested bet: Barbarians -5.5 at 9/10
The Barbarians have a strong side and I think Rassie will have them up for this. Argentina may not be quite as excited about the game after a log year and I am going Baa Baas to win by 6 or more.
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