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The Rugby Championship 2017 Review: All Blacks cruise to title

Mon, Oct 9, 10:01am by Head Editor

New Zealand once again dominated The Rugby Championship with a clean sweep. Winning all six of their matches, although there was a couple of scares for them against Australia in Dunedin and South Africa in their final match.

After the opening Round of the tournament, the All Blacks were as low as $1.08 as many expected them to continue their remarkable record in The Rugby Championship. Indeed, to simply keep up their incredible winning record in all of their games.

The Springboks bounced back from their humiliating 57-0 defeat at the hands of the All Blacks to put in a worthy performance. They had a terrible 2016 but have seen their fortunes rise this year as they start to build to the next Rugby World Cup in Japan.

South Africa had opportunities to win this weekend’s game but the late red card to Damian de Allende took the game away from them. The loss coupled with Australia’s win meant that they finished a disappointing third on the ladder after being priced at $9 to win the tournament.

The Wallabies were priced at $21 to win The Rugby Championship and never really looked like doing so. Despite a second placed finish it was not a great tournament for Australia as they only secured wins over Argentina and two draws with the Springboks. Whilst there has been improvement they still appear a long way behind the All Blacks.

A winless Argentina will once again be extremely disappointed. Their discipline, however, continues to be the Pumas downfall. In several of their matches this year they pushed the top sides all the way, only for indiscipline to let them down. They were an outside bet at $251 to win it outright but failed to even win a match.

With The Rugby Championship trophy back in New Zealand for another year, there is one game left of the three match Bledisloe Cup. Although even this is safely in the All Blacks hands with this dead rubber in Brisbane set to be just a chance for the Wallabies to restore some pride.

New Zealand are overwhelming favourites at $1.14, whilst the Wallabies are priced at $5.75. Australia came agonisingly close to beating the All Blacks in Dunedin in the second match and they will have to repeat those heroics if they are to get close again this week.

Australia will take heart from their attacking performance against the Pumas but will need a vast improvement in defence. At times they looked very poor and the All Blacks will carve them up if given the opportunity.

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