The Boks’ 20-18 loss to New Zealand means they face the Pumas before heading home for some well-deserved rest and recuperation.
Matfield won’t be on the return flight as he will take up his latest challenge in England’s Premiership with Northampton Saints, but he wants Heyneke Meyer’s team to send out a strong message before then.
“It is never a meaningless game when you pull on the Springbok jersey,” he said. “We will have a good couple of practice sessions these next two days.
“For one or two guys it is their last match in the Springbok jersey and we want to make it special for them. We want to make people fear the Springbok jersey again.”
Matfield was part of a success-laden era for South Africa that featured the 2007 World Cup win and a series victory over the British and Irish Lions in 2009, which they followed up by winning the Tri-Nations title against Australia and New Zealand.