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The New Zealand All Blacks victory over South Africa’s World champion Springboks last weekend earned them the title of 2021 Rugby Championship champions.

This weekend the Springboks get the chance to bounce back while the All Blacks get the opportunity to show that they are deserved champions – and to keep a clean sheet.


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In the weekend’s other match Rugby Championship administrators Sanzaar were put in a difficult position as the match between Australia and Argentina was in doubt after a group from the Pumas camp broke Covid health orders.

Six Pumas players and two team management staff were stopped at the Queensland border after a visit to Byron Bay in New South Wales on Wednesday 29 September. This travel across the state border was a direct breach of the present Queensland Government health orders and SANZAAR’s Rugby Championship tournament biosecurity plan.

This NSW border happened on their scheduled day off without the permission of the tournament and they are now unable to re-enter Queensland under the existing COVID border restrictions.

The Pumas confirmed Pablo Matera, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Felipe Ezcurra, Sebastian Cancelliere, Santiago Medrano, Santiago Socino are the six players who will be unavailable for selection, joined by manager Lucas Chioccarelli and video analyst Rodrigo Martínez.

The match will still go ahead now but without the group and they will now stay in New South Wales and rejoin the rest of the touring squad on Sunday to fly back to Argentina.


Argentina v Australia Rugby Championship Rd.6 Preview

Argentina’s Pumas have played Australia’s Wallabies 35 times and the Pumas have won 6 matches, lost 26 times and drawn three matches.

The Pumas six wins out of 35 matches gives them a record of winning 17% of their matches against the Wallabies regardless of venue.

In the Rugby Championship, Argentina’s Pumas have played Australia’s Wallabies 17 times and they have won 2 matches, lost 13 times, and drawn twice.

This gives the Pumas a record of winning 12% of their Rugby Championship matches against the Wallabies.

This weekend the match will be played at CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast which although is in Australia, Argentina are technically the home side.

These teams have met 10 times on Australian soil and Argentina have won just one match but drawn two.

The average score when the Pumas play the Wallabies regardless of competition or venue is: Pumas 16 Australia 27.

Australia have not lost to Argentina have not beaten Australia in the last five matches but they did beat Australia 23-19 the last time that they played on the Gold coast before last week (15 Sep 2018)

Average score in the Rugby championship: Argentina 18 Australia 28

The Bookies have given Argentina a 17 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets.

Last five results
2018-10-06 Argentina 34 – 45 Australia Salta
2019-07-27 Australia 16 – 10 Argentina Brisbane
2020-11-21 Australia 15 – 15 Argentina Draw Newcastle
2020-12-05 Australia 16 – 16 Argentina Draw Sydney
2021-09-25 Australia 27 – 8 Argentina Townsville

Argentina overall record against Australia
Played 35, won 6, lost 26, drawn 3

Argentina overall record against Australia in the Rugby Championship
Played 17, won 2, lost 13, drawn 2

Argentina’s winning percentage against Australia in the Rugby Championship = 12 %

Match : Argentina v Australia
Date: Saturday 2 October
Venue: CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Kick-Off local: 17:05
Referee: Jaco Peyper (RSA)
Assistant Ref 1: Nic Berry (AUS)
Assistant Ref 2: Reuben Keane (AUS)
TMO: Brett Cronan (AUS)

Teams

Argentina

Rodrigo Martinez, Julian Montoya (c), Enrique Pieretto, Guido Petti, Tomás Lavanini, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Marcos Kremer, Rodrigo Bruni, Gonzalo Bertranou, Santiago Carreras, Emiliano Boffelli, Santiago Chocobares, Lucio Cinti, Matias Moroni, Juan Cruz Mallia

Replacements: Facundo Bosch, Thomas Gallo, Eduardo Bello, Matias Alemanno, Francisco Gorrissen, Gonzalo Garcia, Domingo Miotti, Mateo Carreras

Australia

(1-15): James Slipper, Folau Fainga’a, Taniela Tupou, Izack Rodda, Darcy Swain, Pete Samu, Michael Hooper (c) Rob Valetini, Nic White, Quade Cooper, Andrew Kellaway, Samu Kerevi, Len Ikitau, Jordan Petaia, Reece Hodge

Replacements: Lachlan Lonergan, Angus Bell, Greg Holmes, Matt Philip, Sean McMahon, Jake Gordon, James O’Connor, Tom Wright


South Africa v New Zealand v Rugby Championship Rd.6 Preview

South Africa’s Springboks have played New Zealand’s All Blacks 100 times and the Springboks have won 36 matches, lost 60 times, and drawn 4.

The Springboks 36 wins out of 100 matches gives them a record of winning 36% of their matches against the All Blacks regardless of venue.

In the Rugby Championship South Africa’s Springboks have played New Zealand’s All Blacks 51 times and they have won 13 matches, lost 37 times, and drawn once.

This gives the Springboks a record of winning 25% of their Rugby Championship matches against the All Blacks.

This weekend the match will be played at CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast which is in Australia but the Springboks will technically be the home side.

Although South Africa are the home side this weekend they are playing away from home and have not won away from home this year.

The average score when the Springboks play the All Blacks regardless of tournament or venue is : Springboks 16 All Blacks 21.

The Springboks have not beaten New Zealand away from home since 15 Sep 2018 when they beat the All Blacks 36-34 in Wellington. Since then the All Blacks have not lost to the Boks.

Average score in the Rugby Championship: South Africa 19 New Zealand 29

The Bookies have given South Africa an 11 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets.

Last five results
New Zealand 19 – 17 South Africa Townsville 25/09/2021
New Zealand 23 – 13 South Africa Yokohama 21/09/2019
New Zealand 16 – 16 South Africa Draw Wellington 27/07/2019
South Africa 30 – 32 New Zealand Pretoria 6/10/2018
New Zealand 34 – 36 South Africa Wellington 15/09/2018

South Africa overall record against New Zealand
Played 100, won 36, lost 60, drawn 4

South Africa overall record against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship
Played 51, won 13, lost 37, drawn 1

South Africa’s winning percentage against New Zealand in the Rugby Championship = 25 %

Match: South Africa v New Zealand
Date: Saturday 2 October
Venue: CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Kick-Off local:  20:05
Referee: Matthew Carley (ENG)
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy (AUS)
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way (AUS)
TMO:  Brett Cronan (AUS)

Teams

South Africa

(1-15): Ox Nche, Bongi Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Lood de Jager, Siya Kolisi (c), Kwagga Smith, Duane Vermeulen, Faf de Klerk, Handre Pollard, Makazole Mapimpi, Damian de Allende, Lukhanyo Am, Sbu Nkosi, Willie le Roux

Replacements: Malcolm Marx, Steven Kitshoff, Vincent Koch, Franco Mostert, Jasper Wiese, Herschel Jantjies, Elton Jantjies, Frans Styen

New Zealand

(1-15): Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Nepo Laulala, Brodie Retallick, Scott Barrett, Akira Ioane, Ardie Savea (c), Luke Jacobson, Brad Weber, Beauden Barrett, Rieko Ioane, David Havili, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sevu Reece Jordie Barrett

Replacements: Asafo Aumua, George Bower, Ofa Tuungafasi, Patrick Tuipulotu, Ethan Blackadder, TJ Perenara, Richie Mo’unga, Damian McKenzie.


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