Argentina hope a change of venue will bring a change of fortune when they host South Africa in a Rugby Championship second round match Saturday.
Los Pumas have lost all seven home Tests against the Springboks since they first met 19 years ago, and all were played in the capital Buenos Aires.
But for the first home game in a southern hemisphere championship that includes world champions New Zealand and Australia, Argentina have opted for western city Mendoza at the foothills of the snow-capped Andes mountains range.
The national team have beaten Italy and neighbours Chile at the 45,000-seat multi-sport Estadio Mundialista Malvinas Argentinas in this hub of the biggest Latin American wine-producing region.
But every Argentine player, coach, official and supporter craves a victory over South Africa, the only major rugby nation they have lost every match against. Even the mighty All Blacks were held 21-21 in a 1985 Test.
Including the 27-6 loss in Cape Town last Saturday, the Pumas have suffered 14 consecutive defeats against South Africa with 40-21 the average score when the men in blue and white host the men in green and gold.
"My players are thrilled to be part of the first Rugby Championship match to be played in Argentina. It is a big deal for us," coach and former Pumas flank Santiago Phelan told reporters.
"We are disappointed by the way things went in the first Test, but we did not play that poorly and were competitive. We hung in there, but the team need to play better this weekend.
"There was good quality ball for us from the scrums and line-outs and we tried to play it. Despite conceding three tries, our defensive screen was very good at time."
More than 1,000 spectators attended one Springbok training session this week and 38-year-old Phelan shares the admiration of his countrymen for two-time world champions South Africa.
"The Springboks are powerful, play head-on rugby and aim to impose a physical presence. They are a complete team - very powerful forwards and very skilful backs," said the coach.
Phelan originally made on change to the team beaten in Cape Town with fullback Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino replaced by Martin Rodriguez, but a training ground injury to flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez lets Nicolas Sanchez in.
The loss of regular casualty Hernandez - his Test start at Newlands was the first since 2009 - means both countries will lack a talismanic figure for the showdown at a stadium within the 1,000-acre General San Martin park.
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