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Rugby Championship Rd 6 Preview: All Blacks and Pumas our picks

Wed, Oct 4, 2:15pm by Head Editor

New Zealand wrapped up the title with a week spare as they beat Argentina last weekend. They will be looking to maintain their 100% record in The Rugby Championship 2017 when they take on South Africa. Whilst Australia travel to Argentina looking to end the tournament on a high ahead of the 3rd Bledisloe Cup game and Spring Tests.

Saturday 7 Oct: South Africa v New Zealand @ DHL Newlands, Cape Town

South Africa were humiliated the last time that the faced the All Blacks. That 57-0 loss severely dented the Springboks pride and they will out to make amends this week. It will be very difficult for them though as the number one side in the world, New Zealand, continue to show their class. South Africa have an impressive home record having lost only one of their last ten tests in the Republic. That, however, was to this week’s visitors. William Hill prices South Africa at $5.75.

The All Blacks appear to just go from strength to strength and have scored a combined 114 points in their last two Tests against the Springboks. A wounded Springbok tends to come back fighting so New Zealand will be wary of a backlash but they are likely to still have too much quality for the homes side to contain. They are comfortable favourites at $1.14

Bet of the Match: New Zealand to Win by 13+ points at $1.67

Saturday 7 Oct: Argentina v Australia @ Estadio Malvinas Argentinas. Mendoza

Australia’s 27-27 draw with the Springboks in Round 5, means that they have still only beaten this week’s opponents, Argentina, in the 2017 Rugby Championship. The Wallabies had opportunities to win both of the drawn Tests with South Africa and they will be disappointed to be sitting 3rd on the ladder. A win against the Pumas and a likely loss for South Africa, however, would mean they end the tournament in second place.

A morale boosting result for a Wallabies side still struggling for consistency. They are favourites with William Hill priced at $1.37 after winning the last five games between the two sides. Marika Koroibete impressed last week with two tries on his run on debut and could be a real danger man for them again.

Not since 2013 have Argentina failed to win a single match in The Rugby Championship. Yet that is the prospect that they face as they host Australia. They will be aiming to end a disappointing campaign with a win to give themselves hope moving forward. Discipline has again been an issue for the Pumas as they have averaged more than one card per card for this tournament. Something that drastically needs to change if they are to compete with the top sides. They stand at $3.10 and may well ride the emotions of a passionate home crowd to a surprise victory to end the tournament.

Bet of the Match: Argentina to Win by 1-12 points at $4

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