Rugby Championship Round 2 moves to Australasia this weekend where the All Blacks host the Springboks and the Wallabies host the Pumas.
After the first round, South Africa lead the standings on 5 points following a bonus point victory over Australia who have dropped to fourth place.
New Zealand’s All Blacks were kept scoreless in the second half of their tournament opener but held on to beat Argentina by four points. That result places New Zealand second and Argentina third.
Last year when the All Blacks hosted the Springboks in Wellington the Springboks won 34-36 so the New Zealand side will be looking for revenge – and the top spot in the standings.
The only time New Zealand has not won the Rugby Championship was in 2015 – which was also the year that we last had a world cup and a shortened Rugby Championship.
This weekend the All Blacks need just six more points to become the first team in Test rugby history to score 16,000 points – no other team is yet to break the 14,000 mark.
Also, last year when Australia hosted Argentina on the Gold Coast it was Argentina that took the spoils by beating the Wallabies 19-23. The Wallabies will also be looking for revenge no doubt.
Here we take a short look at the history of the team’s history against each other in recent matches in the cities featuring this weekend.
New Zealand vs South Africa Rugby Championship Rd.2 Preview
New Zealand’s All Blacks have played South Africa’s Springboks 97 times since 1921 and the All Blacks have won 58 matches, lost 36 times and drawn three.
The All Blacks 58 wins out of 97 matches gives them a record of winning 60% of their matches against the Springboks regardless of venue.
This weekend the match will be played at Westpac Trust in Wellington which is a home venue for the All Blacks and a venue where the teams have met 7 times.
In those 7 matches played in Wellington, the All Blacks have won 6 matches and lost 1. This gives the All Blacks a record of winning 86% of their matches against the Springboks at home in Wellington.
The average score when the All Blacks play the Springboks in Wellington is All Blacks 31 Springboks 16.
These teams met in Wellington at the same venue last year and the Springboks won 34-36. That match is the All Blacks only loss to South Africa in Wellington as they won the other 6 matches.
In Wellington the All Blacks have won 86% of their matches against South Africa but in general the All Blacks have won 73% of their matches against the Boks on home soil so although they lost last time in Wellington it is an All Black stronghold.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports.
Average score: New Zealand 33 South Africa 16
Last five results
Sat, 06 Oct 2018 New Zealand v South Africa 32-30 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Sat, 15 Sep 2018 New Zealand v South Africa 34-36 Westpac Trust, Wellington
Sat, 07 Oct 2017 New Zealand v South Africa 25-24 Newlands, Cape Town
Sat, 16 Sep 2017 New Zealand v South Africa 57-0 Albany
Sat, 08 Oct 2016 New Zealand v South Africa 57-15 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
New Zealand’s overall record against South Africa
Played 97, Wins 58, Losses 36, Draws 3
New Zealand’s winning percentage against South Africa = 60%
Match: New Zealand v South Africa
Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand
Kick-Off local: TBC
Referee: Nic Berry (RA)
Assistant Ref 1: Angus Gardner (RA
Assistant Ref 2: Shuhei Kubo (JRFU)
TMO: Rowan Kitt (RFU)
1. Joe Moody, 2. Codie Taylor, 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brodie Retallick, 5. Samuel Whitelock, 6. Shannon Frizel, 7. Matt Todd, 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. TJ Perenara, 10. Richie Mo’unga, 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. Sonny Bill Williams, 13. Jack Goodhue, 14. Ben Smith, 15. Beauden Barrett
Replacements: 16. Dane Coles, 17. Ofa Tuungafasi, 18. Angus Ta’avao, 19. Vaea Fifita, 20. Dalton Papali, 21. Aaron Smith, 22. Anton Lienert-Brown, 23. George Bridge
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Francois Louw, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Frans Steyn, 23 Jesse Kriel
Australia v Argentina Rugby Championship Rd.2 Preview
Australia’s Wallabies have played Argentina’s Pumas 31 times since 1979 and the Wallabies have won 24 matches, lost 6 times and drawn once.
The Wallabies 24 wins out of 31 matches gives them a record of winning 77% of their matches against the Pumas regardless of venue.
This weekend the match will be played in Brisbane which is a home venue for the Wallabies and a venue where the teams have met four times. While they have met four times in Brisbane this will be their first meeting at Suncorp.
In those 4 matches played in Brisbane, the Wallabies have won 3 matches and lost 1. This gives the Wallabies a record of winning 75% of their matches against the Pumas at home in Brisbane.
The average score when the Wallabies play the Pumas in Brisbane is Australia 37 Argentina 12.
The Wallabies have won the last three matches against Pumas in Brisbane and Argentina have not won in the city since 1983.
Average score: Australia 29 Argentina 17
Last five results
Sat, 06 Oct 2018 AUS v ARG 45-34 Salta
Sat, 15 Sep 2018 AUS v ARG 19-23 Robina Stadium, Gold Coast
Sat, 07 Oct 2017 AUS v ARG 37-20 Mendoza
Sat, 16 Sep 2017 AUS v ARG 45-20 Bruce Stadium, Canberra
Sat, 08 Oct 2016 AUS v ARG 33-21 Twickenham, London
Australia’s overall record against Argentina
Played 31, Wins 24. Losses 6. Draws 1
Australia’s winning percentage against Argentina = 78%
Match : Australia v Argentina
Date: Sat 27 Jul 2019
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
Kick-Off local: TBC
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (NZR)
Assistant Ref 1: Paul Williams (NZR)
Assistant Ref 2 : Brendon Pickerill (NZR)
TMO: Ben Skeen (NZR)
15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nic White, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lukhan Salakai-Loto, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements :: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 James Slipper, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Luke Jones, 21 Nic White, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 James O’Connor
15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13. Matías Moroni , 12. Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8. Facundo Isa, 7 Tomás Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini,4 Guido Petti, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Julián Montoya, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Replacements: 16.Santiago Socino , 17 Mayco Vivas, 18. Ramiro Herrera, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20. Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 23 .Matías Orlando