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The Rugby championship resumes this weekend on Sunday with a double-header at CBUS Super Stadium on the Gold Coast in Queensland where the rest of the tournament is scheduled to be played.

With travel restrictions as they are due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all matches have been relocated to Queensland so although New Zealand and South Africa are the home sides this weekend the matches are in Australia.


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Unusually both matches will be on Sunday and even more unusually the matches will take place at the same venue. Here we look at the matches coming up on Sunday.


New Zealand v Argentina 2021 Rugby Championship Rd.3 Preview

New Zealand’s All Blacks have played Argentina’s Pumas 31 times and the All Blacks have won 29 matches, lost once times, and drawn once.

The All Blacks’ 29 wins out of 31 matches gives them a record of winning 93.5% of their matches against the Pumas regardless of venue.

In the Rugby Championship, New Zealand’s All Blacks have played Argentina’s Pumas 16 times and they have won 15 matches and lost once.

This gives the All Blacks a record of winning 93.7% of their Rugby Championship matches against the Pumas.

This weekend the match will be played in Queensland due to the pandemic so neither side will have true home advantage.

New Zealand will however have a stronger support base than Argentina in Queensland and they are more familiar with playing in the state so it will be similar to a home match.

New Zealand have had proper home advantage against Argentina 7 times in the Rugby Championship.

In those 7 home matches played on New Zealand soil the All Blacks have all 7.

This gives the All Blacks a record of winning 100% of their Rugby Championship matches against the Pumas at home in New Zealand.

The average score when the All Blacks play the Pumas at home is : All Blacks 36 Argentina 16.

The All Blacks have won four of the last five matches against Argentina.

The Bookies have given Argentina a 23 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets.

Average score: New Zealand 34 – 15 Argentina

Last five results
2018-09-08 New Zealand 46 – 24 Argentina
2018-09-29 Argentina 17 – 35 New Zealand
2019-07-20 Argentina 16 – 20 New Zealand
2020-11-14 New Zealand 15 – 25 Argentina
2020-11-28 Argentina 0 – 38 New Zealand

New Zealand overall record against Argentina
Played 31, won 29, lost 1, drawn 1

New Zealand overall record against Argentina in the Rugby Championship
Played 16, won 15, lost 1, drawn 0

New Zealand’s winning percentage against Argentina in the Rugby Championship = 93.7%

Match : New Zealand v Argentina
Date : Sunday 12 September
Venue : CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Kick Off local : 17:05
Referee :  Nic Berry (AUS)
Assistant Ref 1 :  Jaco Peyper (RSA)
Assistant Ref 2 : Graham Cooper (AUS)
TMO : Brett Cronan (AUS)

Teams

New Zealand

Karl Tu’inukuafe, Asafo Aumua, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick (c), Scott Barrett, Akira Ioane, Dalton Papalii, Luke Jacobson, TJ Perenara, Beauden Barrett, George Bridge, David Havili, Anton Lienert-Brown, Will Jordan, Jordie Barrett

Replacements: Saminsoni Taukei’aho, Joe Moody, Tyrel Lomax, Tupou Vaa’i, Ethan Blackadder, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Rieko Ioane

Argentina

Juan Cruz Mallia, Bautista Delgay, Matias Moroni, Jeronimo De La Fuente, Santiago Cordero, Nicolas Sanchez, Gonzalo Bertranou, Rodrigo Bruni, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera, Matias Alemanno, Guido Petti, Santiago Medrano, Julian Montoya (capt, Facundo Gigena

Replacements: Facundo Bosch, Carlos Muzzio, Enrique Pieretto, Tomas Lavanini, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Gonzalo Garcia, Santiago Chocobares, Emiliano Boffelli.


South Africa v Australia 2021 Rugby Championship Rd. 3 Preview

South Africa’s Springboks have played Australia’s Wallabies 88 times and the Springboks have won 48 matches, lost 37, and drawn 3 times.

The Springboks’ 48 wins out of 88 matches gives them a record of winning 55% of their matches against the Wallabies regardless of venue.

In the Rugby Championship, South Africa’s Springboks have played Australia’s Wallabies 50 times and they have won 24 matches, lost 23, and drawn three times.

This gives the Springboks a record of winning 48% of their Rugby Championship matches against the Wallabies.

This weekend the match will be played in Queensland which is in Australia but due to the pandemic, South Africa will be the home team as all matches are being played in Queensland.

The average score when the Springboks play the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship: Springboks 23 Australia 22.

South Africa have won just one of their last five matches against Australia.

The Bookies have given Australia a 10 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets.

Average score: South Africa 20 Australia 18

Last five results
2010-09-04 South Africa 39 – 41 Australia
2011-07-23 Australia 39 – 20 South Africa
2011-08-13 South Africa 9 – 14 Australia
2012-09-08 Australia 26 – 19 South Africa
2012-09-29 Australia 31 – 8 South Africa

South Africa overall record against Australia
Played 88, won 48, lost 37, drawn 3

South Africa overall record against Australia in the Rugby Championship
Played 50, won 24, lost 23, drawn 3

South Africa’s winning percentage against Australia in the Rugby Championship = 48 %

Match : South Africa v Australia
Date : Sunday 12 September
Venue : CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Kick Off local : 20:05
Referee :  Luke Pearce (ENG)
Assistant Ref 1 : Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2 :  Jordan Way
TMO : Matthew Carley

Teams

South Africa

Steven Kishoff, Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Siya Kolisi (c), Franco Mostert, Duane Vermeulen, Faf de Klerk, Handre Pollard, Makazole Mapimpi, Damian de Allende, Lukhanyo Am, Sbu Nkosi, Willie le Roux

Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Ox Nché, Vincent Koch, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Jasper Wiese, Herschel Jantjies, Damian Willemse

Australia

Angus Bell, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa, Izack Rodda, Matt Philip, Lachie Swinton, Michael Hooper (c) Rob Valetini, Tate McDermott, Quade Cooper, Marika Koroibete, Samu Kerevi, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway, Tom Banks

Replacements: Feleti Kaitu’u, James Slipper, Taniela Tupou, Rob Leota, Pete Samu, Nic White, Reece Hodge, Jordan Petaia


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