Mon, Sep 17, 11:30am by Staff Writer
Week four of the Rugby Championship produced two stunning results, with South Africa defeating New Zealand and Argentina toppling Australia.
The Springboks produced one of its best performances in recent memory, downing the All Blacks 36-34 in Wellington.
South Africa was as much as $11 in head-to-head betting for the match, with New Zealand paying $1.04 to win.
The hosts got off to a great start, with tries to Jordie Barrett and Aaron Smith giving them a 12-0 lead after 17 minutes.
All signs pointed to a regulation win for the hosts, but a stunning 11 minute period from the Springboks where they scored three tries gave them real hope of an upset win.
Aphiwe Dyantyi scored a wonderful running try from mid-field to register the visitor’s first score.
Full back Willie Le Roux pounced on an errant pass by Beauden Barrett to score untouched to make the score 14-12 in South Africa’s favour.
Malcolm Marx bullied his way over the line from the maul to make it three consecutive tries for South Africa, giving them a 21-12 lead.
Rieko Ioane scored just before half-time for New Zealand, with Handre Pollard slotting a field goal after the hooter, with South Africa taking a 24-17 lead into half-time.
Cheslin Kolbe scored early in the second half, but his try was countered by Rieko Ioane’s second.
In a high-scoring match, Willie Le Roux was sent to the sin bin for cynical play, as South Africa were down to 14-men and staunchly defending its goal line.
New Zealand scored a try in the 74th minute through Ardie Savea, with Beauden Barrett inexplicably missing a regulation conversion that would have tied the game.
The New Zealand kicker was only two from six on the night, in a poor performance with the boot.
South Africa held on and was forced to defeat well after the hooter in a famous victory for the Boks.
They are $1.40 to defeat Australia in a fortnight’s time, with the Wallabies paying $3.
Just over 16,000 fans saw Argentina defeat Australia 23-19 at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday night.
After a free-flowing match in the first half, the second half produced only 11 points total, as the Pumas held on for a narrow four point win.
Israel Folau scored a wonderful diving try in the first half to give Australia a 14-10 advantage, before Bautista Delguy answered just before half-time. The visitors had a 17-14 lead at the break.
The second half was a dour affair, with Australia unable to capitalise on Argentina’s errors and vice versa.
Both teams missed penalty goals late in the game to either extend its lead in Argentina’s case or give them the lead in Australia’s.
Emiliano Boffelli slotted a long penalty goal in the 77th minute to give the visitors their decisive four-point lead.
Australia attacked relentlessly late in the game, but was unable to score.
They have now won only one of their Rugby Championship games this season and are bottom of the standings.
Argentina has now won two games in the Rugby Championship and has home games against Australia and New Zealand remaining.
They are $6 for their next match in a fortnight’s time against the All Blacks, who are paying $1.13.
Rugby Championship Week 5 Matches
South Africa $1.40 Australia $3
Argentina $6 New Zealand $1.13
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