Mon, Sep 18, 1:01pm by Head Editor
New Zealand moved away from the chasing pack at the top of The Rugby Championship ladder this weekend. Facing their closest rivals for the title, South Africa, the All Blacks showed their true class.
Despite scares in recent weeks against Australia and Argentina, the All Blacks never looked close to losing this match to the Springboks. They completely dominated them, running out 57-0 victors in a match where New Zealand silenced some critics after those below par performances in the past few rounds.
The All Blacks are priced as huge favourites to wrap up the title priced at $1.005, although they do now face two potentially tricky away Tests. They must travel to Argentina and then on to South Africa knowing at least that their fate is in their own hands.
All the talk leading up to the Springboks clash with the All Blacks was about how strong the rejuvenated South African side looked since last year’s inept performances. That all came undone though, as the Springboks set piece, defence and attack all wilted under pressure against the world’s best.
By no means is all hope lost for the Springboks but they must bounce back quickly against the Wallabies. They are priced at $51 to claim The Rugby Championship this year.
Australia face a huge uphill task for them to take the title. After registering their first win of this year’s tournament against Argentina, things look a little better for the Wallabies. A resurgent second half performance saw them blow the Pumas away to take a 45-20 win.
For Argentina, it was once again another disappointing defeat in which they dominated the opening 40 minutes only to fall away in the second. Another tough season in The Rugby Championship for the Pumas can hopefully be a stepping stone to them competing more in future games.
Australia and Argentina prop up the prices now to win The Rugby Championship. Australia stand at $67 whilst Argentina are at $276.
Sportsbet Markets – Rugby Championship Winner
New Zealand 1.005
South Africa 51.00
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