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This weekend is Round 4 in the Rugby Championship and Australia have put themselves back in the title race with last week’s victory over South Africa.

It is still a long shot as they failed to come away with a bonus point and leaders New Zealand have 15 points having earned bonus points in all of their matches played to date.


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South Africa need to get back on track this weekend when they face Australia while Argentina face the tough task of the second in back to back matches against the All Blacks.

The bookmakers have predicted wins for South Africa and New Zealand this weekend but last weekend showed that any result is possible. Here we take a look at the history of results between these rivals facing each other this weekend.


Australia v South Africa 2021 Rugby Championship Rd.4 Preview

Australia’s Wallabies have played South Africa’s Springboks 89 times and the Wallabies have won 38 matches, lost 48 times and drawn three.

The Wallabies 38 wins out of 89 matches gives them a record of winning 43% of their matches against the Springboks regardless of venue.

In the Rugby Championship Australia’s Wallabies have played South Africa’s Springboks 51 times and they have won 24 matches, lost 24 times and drawn three.

This gives the Wallabies a record of winning 47% of their Rugby Championship matches against the Springboks.

This weekend the match will be played in Brisbane, Australia which is home for the Wallabies and in the Rugby Championship Australia have had home advantage over SA 26 times.

In those 26 home matches played on Australian soil the Wallabies have won 20 matches and lost 4.

This gives the Wallabies a record of winning 77% of their Rugby Championship matches against the Springboks at home in Australia.

The average score when the Wallabies play the Springboks at home is : Wallabies 24 South Africa 18.

The Wallabies have won have not been defeated by South Africa on Australian soil since 2013 and consequently, Australia are on a six-match winning streak against SA at home.

Average score in Australia: Australia 24 South Africa 18

Last five results
2017-09-30 South Africa 27 – 27 Australia
2018-09-08 South Africa 23 – 18 Australia
2018-09-29 Australia 23 – 12 South Africa
2019-07-20 Australia 35 – 17 South Africa
2021-09-12 South Africa 28 – 26 Australia

Australia overall record against South Africa
Played 89, won 38, lost 48, drawn 3

Australia overall record against South Africa in the Rugby Championship
Played 51, won 24, lost 24, drawn 3

Australia’s winning percentage against South Africa in the Rugby Championship = 47 %

The Bookies have given Australia a 7 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets.

Match  Australia v South Africa
Date : Saturday 18 September
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local : 17:05
Referee : Matthew Carley
Assistant Ref 1 : Luke Pearce (ENG)
Assistant Ref 2 : Graham Cooper (AUS)
TMO : Brett Cronan (AUS)

Teams

Australia

15 Tom Banks, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper

Replacements: 16 Feleti Kaitu’u, 17 Angus Bell, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Reece Hodge, 23 Jordan Petaia

South Africa

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

Reserves: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith, Jasper Wiese, Herschel Jantjies, Damian Willemse


Argentina v New Zealand 2021 Rugby Championship Rd.4 Preview

Argentina’s Pumas have played New Zealand’s All Blacks 32 times and the Pumas have won 1 matches, lost 30 times and drawn once.

The Pumas 1 win out of 32 matches gives them a record of winning 3% of their matches against the All Blacks regardless of venue.

In the Rugby Championship Argentina’s Pumas have played New Zealand’s All Blacks 17 times and they have won 1 match, lost 16 times and drawn none.

This gives the Pumas a record of winning 6% of their Rugby Championship matches against the All Blacks.

This weekend the match will be played in Brisbane Australia so neither Argentina nor New Zealand will have home advantage.

The average score when the Pumas play the All Blacks in the Rugby Championship is : Pumas 14 All Blacks 35.

The Pumas have won one of the last five matches against New Zealand.

Average score: Argentina 14 – 38 New Zealand

Last five results
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
2021-09-12 Argentina 39 – 0 New Zealand

Argentina overall record against New Zealand
Played 32, won 1, lost 30, drawn 1

Argentina overall record against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship
Played 17, won 1, lost 16, drawn 0

Argentina’s winning percentage against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship = 6%

The Bookies have given Argentina a 26 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets.

Match : Argentina v New Zealand
Date : Saturday 18 September
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local : 20:05
Referee : Jaco Peyper (RSA)
Assistant Ref 1 : Nic Berry (AUS)
Assistant Ref 2 : Jordan Way (AUS)
TMO : Damon Murphy (AUS)

Teams

Argentina

15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Lucio Cinti, 12 Santiago Chocobares, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martín González, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya (c), 1 Facundo Gigena

Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Carlos Muzzio, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Tomás Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Garcia, 22 Domingo Miotti, 23 Matias Moroni

New Zealand

15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Quinn Tupaea, 11 George Bridge, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Ardie Savea (c), 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Tupou Vaa’i, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 1 Joe Moody

Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 George Bower, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Scott Barrett, 20 Luke Jacobson, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Braydon Ennor


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