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Rugby Championship Rd 5 Preview: Sprinboks & All Blacks our picks

Thu, Sep 28, 3:56pm by Staff Writer

South Africa v Australia, Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein, Sunday October 1, 1:05am AEST

South Africa have returned home from their two-match tour of Australia and New Zealand with plenty of questions needing to be answered. A draw with the Wallabies in Perth was disappointing for a resurgent Springboks side, but the thrashing they received in New Zealand has stopped them in their tracks.

Prior to the last Round of matches, the Springboks were being talked of as contenders once again with the All Blacks. That 57-0 win stopped them in their tracks as they looked to regain the form that has seen them crowned World Rugby Champions twice in the past. Now they must look to rebuild as they welcome the Wallabies. South Africa stand as favourites to win this match at $1.40 with no away side winning this fixture in the last seven meetings.

The Wallabies secured their first win of this year’s tournament in the last Round against Argentina in Canberra. Spirits will be high in the camp on the back of that win after the dramatic draw with South Africa the week before. That second half performance which allowed the Springboks back into the game has come under much scrutiny and they can’t afford any repeats in Bloemfontein.

Much of the pre-match hype has surrounded Australia’s last win on South African soil in 2011 that was at the same venue. The hero that night was Kurtley Beale from the kicking tee but the Wallabies will need him to be on song across the park this weekend. If they are to overturn a price of $2.95

Bet of the Match: South Africa to Win by 1-12 points at $2.75

Argentina v New Zealand, Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Sunday October 1, 9:30am AEST

Winless in 25 matches against the All Blacks, Argentina face a monumental task this weekend. A first ever win would be a massive boost for the Pumas who continue to struggle in The Rugby Championship. There is no doubt that they have improved, indeed they pushed the All Blacks all the way in Round 3, but they need to start winning games.

Nobody wants the unlucky losers tag and Argentina will need to be on top of their game this weekend. They are heavy underdogs priced at $10. The Pumas latest loss to the Wallabies, 45-20, highlighted the gulf in class between them and their rivals.

Fresh from their destruction of the Springboks, the All Blacks will make the trip across the Pacific in high spirits. The last time they played Argentina they were put under real pressure and rare criticism was directed at the team. They will be looking to make up for that performance with a comprehensive victory here.

Although they have made several changes to the side that beat South Africa, the quality of depth in their squad is unparalleled in World Rugby. New Zealand stands at $1.05 to claim the win in Argentina, it is probably more a question of by how many points.

Bet of the Match: New Zealand to Win by 13+ points at $1.27


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