Australia will be looking to avoid a second successive Rugby Championship defeat when they host Argentina in Brisbane this weekend. The Wallabies were soundly beaten 35-17 by an effective second string Springbok side last week in Johannesburg, and will be keen to get back to winning ways before their Bledisloe clash against the All Blacks.
In Johannesburg, the Wallabies had their chances, but were hurt by several poor individual mistakes- Dane Haylett Petty knocking on with the try line at his mercy, Taniela Tupou being yellow carded for an after the whistle shoulder charge against Rynhardt Elstadt, to name a couple.
Haylett Petty is not in the XV this weekend, with Michael Cheika making wholesale changes. Will Genia and Kurtley Beale were excellent when they came off the bench in Joburg and both have been rewarded with starting spots. Brumbies star Christian Lealiifano will replace Bernard Foley at flyhalf this weekend. James O’Connor is on the bench and in line to play his first test for the Wallabies since 2013 (his last one was also against Argentina!)
Odds after squad announcements: Australia (4/7), Draw (25/1), Argentina (15/8)
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Perhaps the biggest rugby test before these two great nations square off in their World Cup opener on September 21 in Yokohama. The Springboks are looking for a second successive win on New Zealand soil against the All Blacks, while Steve Hansen’s men will be keen to avenge last year’s loss at this very stadium.
Both teams won their respective opening games, with South Africa beating Australia in Johannesburg and New Zealand getting the better of Los Pumas in Argentina.
However both teams have named vastly different XV’s for this clash- Rassie Erasmus even sent his “A” squad early to New Zealand in order to acclimatise while Steve Hansen has chosen to restore his Super Rugby winning Crusaders after the latter were rested for the trip to Argentina.
Current odds after naming of teams: New Zealand 1/4, Draw 40/1, Springboks 11/2 Continue reading “All Blacks vs Springboks Rugby Championship 2019 Betting Odds 27 July 2019 | Mounga and Barrett at 10 & 15”
South Africa complete their end of the year fixtures with this clash against Wales at the Millenium Stadium, one which has been described by coach Rassie Erasmus as the “toughest” of their tour. The Boks lost by a point to England at Twickenham, beat France in Paris thanks to a stoppage time try and saw off a strong Scotland side at Murrayfield last weekend. A win in Cardiff will mark this as a very satisfactory tour for Erasmus, and could see the Boks go to third in the World rankings. Continue reading “Wales v South Africa Betting Odds November 24 2018”
Two games from the weekend’s EOTY internationals that stand out are Scotland vs South Africa and Ireland vs New Zealand.
Scotland have won nine of their last ten tests at Murrayfield and will be looking to claim the scalp of the Springboks, who controversially lost by a point to a second string England side at Twickenham, and then beat France with an injury time try.
With Faf de Klerk having returned to Sale, coach Rassie Erasmus has named Embrose Papier at scrum half. Papier has had very limited game time with the Boks, but has the benefit of being paired with his Bulls flyhalf Handre Pollard.
With Warren Whiteley injured, Duane Vermeulen packs down at 8, with Pieter-Steph du Toit at blindside.
Pre match odds: Scotland to win at 6/4, South Africa to win at 8/11 Continue reading “Scotland vs South Africa 2018 Odds and Ireland v All Blacks Odds”
Can South Africa beat the All Blacks for the second time in a row? They upset them in Wellington three weeks ago, and victory at Loftus Versfeld would make this a very successful campaign for Rassie Erasmus’ men. By comparison, despite winning the tournament, a loss here would feel like a very poor RC for Steve Hansen’s side.
Odds on South Africa beating the All Blacks at Loftus 2018: 19/5
Odds on All Blacks beat Springboks at Loftus 2018: 3/10
Argentina can condemn Australia to last place in the Rugby Championship if they win at home. The Pumas beat the Wallabies on the Gold Coast, and another loss might see the powers that be at the A R U move to sack Michael Cheika before the November tour.
Argentina are being quoted at 16/19, while the Wallabies are at 6/5.
New Zealand will look to bounce back from their shock loss against South Africa in Wellington when they take on the Pumas at Velez Sarsfield. For Argentina, this represents one of their best opportunities to beat the All Blacks after running them close in Nelson and beating Australia on the Gold Coast in Round 4.
Victories for Argentina and South Africa would keep the Rugby Championship alive, with the potential of a mouth watering decider in Pretoria next week (a la the 2013 clash between the Springboks and the All Blacks at Ellis Park, regarded as one of the best games this decade)
South Africa v Australia: SA 2/5, Aus 11/4, Draw 33/1
South Africa lost to Australia in Brisbane in Round 3- the Wallabies’ only victory of the RC so far. Michael Cheika’s side had lineout issues in the loss to Argentina and Port Elizabeth being a windy city may not do much to improve stats on that front.
The Springboks will be without No.8 Warren Whiteley and the midfield pairing of Damian De Allende and Lukhanyo Am, all injured in the loss against the All Blacks.
Argentina v New Zealand: Argentina 15/2, Draw 50/1, All Blacks 1/8
The All Blacks have never lost in the Rugby Championship in Argentina, but the Pumas are brimming with confidence and will be backed by a partisan crowd. The All Black pack lacks a bit of experience, with skipper Kieran Read not making the trip to South America, and this could be an area for the Pumas to target.
The Rugby Championship has retained the same schedule for this year as it did for previous versions, and the results on the opening day of the weekend weren’t too difficult to predict- New Zealand beating Australia in Sydney and South Africa downing Argentina in Durban. Kings Park however saw only 27 000 in attendance– a far cry from the days one would’ve seen 40 or 50 000 at the venue comfortably.
New Zealand had a tough first half and so did South Africa- both teams trailed at the break to their opponents, but found their mojo in the second half to race to a comfortable win.
New Zealand will be without Ryan Crotty and Rieko Ioane this weekend, with Ngani Laumape and Jordie Barrett coming into the XV as replacements.
South Africa have effectively kept a similar squad, with the introduction of Franco Mostert for Pieter-Steph du Toit the only change in their XV. The likes of Ross Cronje, Lwazi Mvovo and Jean-luc du Preez, the last of whom was named in the Super Rugby Team of the Year for 2018, have not travelled to Argentina.
Odds for New Zealand v Australia
All Blacks: 1/14
Odds for Argentina v South Africa
Los Pumas: 23/10
South Africa: 1/2