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Although New Zealand’s All Blacks have already won the 2017 Rugby Championship title they will be playing for a Grand Slam when they meet South Africa in Cape Town this weekend.

South Africa were well beaten in their last meeting with the All Blacks and will have home advantage in this contest so they will want to finish their campaign strongly.

Argentina can only finish in last place so they will be playing for pride and also playing to avoid a cleansweep of losses for their 2017 Rugby Championship campaign.


South Africa v New Zealand Rugby Championship Rd.6 Preview

South Africa will be hoping for a stronger performance than they have delivered in their last three outings as a win this weekend will secure them second place in the standings.

The Springboks started the tournament strongly with two wins over Argentina but since then they have failed to win a match. Their record for this championship shows two wins, two draws and one record loss so they will be desperate to finish on a high.

Unfortunately for the Springboks they will be hosting the All Blacks who beat them 57-0 last month and this weekend’s match will be in one of the All Blacks favourite venues in South Africa.

South Africa’s Springboks have played New Zealand’s All Blacks 94 times since 1921 and they have won 35 matches and lost 56 matches. There have been three draws.

On South African soil the the Springboks have played the All Blacks 48 times and they have won 25 matches and lost 22. There has been one draw in these matches.

Newlands has been kind to the All Blacks as the Springboks have hosted New Zealand nine times at the stadium and the All Blacks have won 6 times. That gives the All Blacks a record of winning 66% of their matches at Newlands.

The Bookies have given South Africa 15 a point start for this Match. After last month’s result between the teams, coupled with a draw at home last week, few will be picking South Africa to beat New Zealand this weekend. The Springboks will no doubt deliver an improved performance but the All Blacks should still win comfortably by 18 or more.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports.

Average score: South Africa 16 New Zealand 20

Last five results
16 Sep 2017 SAF v NZL 0-57 Albany
08 Oct 2016 SAF v NZL 15-57 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
17 Sep 2016 SAF v NZL 13-41 Rugby League Pk, Christchurch
24 Oct 2015 WC Semi SAF v NZL 18-20 Twickenham, London
25 Jul 2015 SAF v NZL 20-27 Ellis Park, Johannesburg

South Africa’s overall record against New Zealand
Played 94 , Wins 35, Losses 56 , Draws 3

South Africa’s Winning percentage against New Zealand = 37 %

Match Officials
Referee
: Jerome Garces (FFR)
Assistant Ref 1: Romain Poite (FFR)
Assistant Ref 2: Shuhei Kubo (JRFU)
TMO : Rowan Kitt (RFU)

Teams

South Africa

15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Dillyn Leyds, 13. Jesse Kriel, 12. Jan Serfontein, , 11. Courtnall Skosan, , 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Francois Louw, 7. Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Lood de Jager, 4. Eben Etzebeth (c), 3. Ruan Dreyer, 2. Malcolm Marx, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Wilco Louw, 19. Franco Mostert, 20. Jean-Luc du Preez, 21. Rudy Paige, 22. Handré Pollard, 23. Damian de Allende

New Zealand

1.Kane Hames ,2. Dane Coles ,3. Nepo Laulala ,4. Samuel Whitelock ,5. Scott Barrett ,6. Liam Squire ,7. Sam Cane ,8. Kieran Read (c) ,9. Aaron Smith ,10. Beauden Barrett ,11. Rieko Ioane ,12. Sonny Bill Williams ,13. Ryan Crotty ,14. Nehe Milner-Skudder ,15. Damian McKenzie

Replacements : 16. Codie Taylor ,17. Wyatt Crockett ,18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi ,19. Patrick Tuipulotu ,20. Matt Todd ,21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow ,22. Lima Sopoaga ,23.
David Havili


Argentina v Australia Rugby Championship Rd.6 Preview

The 2017 Rugby season has not been one that Argentina Rugby fans will look back on with much pride. The Jaguares finished in the bottom half of the Super Rugby standings and the Pumas have yet to register a win in the Rugby Championship.

Argentina and Australia both suffered two opening round losses but after those losses Australia have improved while Argentina have continued to struggle.

Overall Argentina have played Australia 28 times and they have won just five matches and drawn one. The last five matches have all been won by Australia. In the last 15 matches between the two nations Argentina have just one win. Overall Argentina have win 18% of the matches between the sides but on home soil they have won 36% of the clashes.

Argentina were ranked ninth in the world rankings and have dropped to 10th following 5 straight losses. Australia have also dropped one place in the rankings but they are ranked as the fifth best team in the world.

Australia look to be a team on the up while Argentina appear to be stagnant and struggling with the load of rugby they are playing with a small pool of players.

The Bookies have given Argentina a 6 point start for this Match. Australia will have taken confidence from their draw away from home last week while Argentina’s players will be low on confidence after just one (over Georgia) in eight tests this year. Australia should win by 8.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports.

Average score: Argentina 16 Australia 28

Last five results
16 Sep 2017 ARG v AUS 20-45 nib Stadium Perth
08 Oct 2016 ARG v AUS 21-33 Twickenham, London
17 Sep 2016 ARG v AUS 20-36 Perth Oval
25 Oct 2015 Semi ARG v AUS 15-29 Twickenham, London
25 Jul 2015 ARG v AUS 9-34 0:4 0-5 Mendoza

Argentina’s overall record against Australia
Played 28 , Wins 5, Losses 22, Draws 1

Argentina’s winning percentage against Australia =17.9%

Match Officials
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
Assistant Ref 1: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 2: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)
TMO : Marius Jonker (SARU)

Teams

Argentina

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Australia

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