Wed, Sep 7, 9:25am by Staff Writer
Date and Time: Saturday September 10, 8pm AEST
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
After a torrid opening two Rounds of The Rugby Championships, Australia will be looking for redemption against South Africa. Those losses to the current ranked number one team in the world, New Zealand were not unexpected. The manner of defeat, however, is what has caused a stir with Wallabies supporters. Australia need a much improved performance all most as much as they need the win over the Springboks in Brisbane.
South Africa themselves are also feeling the pressure of a nation after two uninspired performances against Argentina the lowest ranked team in the competition. A narrow home victory in Round one was not enough to cover the cracks as they went down in Salta by two points. Heading into this match against the Wallabies they have just as much to prove as the home side. Sportsbet has a South African win priced at $2.35 as these two nations look to get back to winning ways.
Despite the current predicament of the Wallabies, they head into this Test match as favourites with Sportsbet. The home side are priced at $1.60. For this to happen though they will need to show vast improvements from their last six matches as they are currently in the middle of a six-game losing streak.
Selection issues and injuries abound for head coach Michael Cheika who must decide to stick with his tried and tested selections or roll the dice and introduce a younger generation of Wallabies. The axis of Michael Hooper and David Pocock in the back row is coming under increasing scrutiny and may well be a casualty of the Wallabies results.
A close-fought win for Australia stands as favourite with Sportsbet. As they are offering $2.63 for the addition of a margin of 1-12 points on top of a Wallabies victory. The odds rise dramatically for a more comprehensive win of 13 or more points which is priced at $3.60. A South African win coupled with a margin sees prices of $3.40 for 1-12 points and $6.50 for 13 or more points. A draw between the two sides stands at $21.00.
In what may be a closely fought match the first team to score may well dictate the rest of the match. Australia stand at $1.65 to be the team to score any points first whether that is a try, penalty goal or drop kick. Whilst South Africa are priced at $2.15. With the Springboks not in fine form they may well return to their brand of rugby that was so dominating for years with a strong pack and a seasoned kicker in place so they could well notch up the first penalty. Australia are again favourites to score the first ($1.62) and last ($2.06) try. South Africa are currently priced at $2.06 to score the first try and $1.91 for the last. With no try scored the price is $66.00.
With both teams desperate for victory this Test may well not be a spectacular showcase of rugby. Rather it will be a match in which these sides grind out a hard fought battle for victory.
Rugby Championship Odds: (William Hill)
Australia v South Africa
Australia: $1.60 (-4.5)
South Africa: $2.35 (+4.5)
Australia 1-12: $2.55
Australia 13+: $3.30
South Africa 1-12: $3.40
South Africa 13+: $8.20
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