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Rugby Championship Rd.5 Team vs Team Preview




South Africa’s surprise victory over the All Blacks has kept the Rugby Championship title race alive but if the All Blacks beat Argentina this weekend they will win the title.

The All Blacks losing bonus point against South Africa has the potential to effectively wrap the title up for the 2018 season and if that happens the All Blacks will be playing for revenge next weekend when they face South Africa.

South Africa v Australia Rugby Championship Rd.5 Preview

South Africa have returned home after their now famous win over the All Blacks in New Zealand and will be aiming to keep their winning momentum so that they face the All Blacks next weekend full of confidence.

Australia on the other hand have had a difficult year and will be desperate to put deliver a good showing this weekend in order to put their home loss to Argentina behind them.

South Africa and Australia have already met this year and that match was won 23-18 by Australia in Brisbane. This weekend will be the 87th meeting between these teams.

In the 86 previous matches South Africa have won 46 times and lost 37. There have been three draws between the sides – two of which came last year.

This weekend the match will be played in Port Elizabeth and surprisingly these teams have met in the city four times already. However the last time was in 1963 so well before the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium was built.

South Africa are unbeaten by Australia in Port Elizabeth. On South African soil the Springboks have played Australia’s Wallabies 45 times and won 34 matches and drawn one. This gives South Africa a record of winning 76% of their home matches against Australia.

The average score when South Africa host Australia is : South Africa 22 Australia 14.

This year South Africa have played 8 matches in total and won four. They have played four matches at home and won three.

Australia have played 7 matches and they have won 2. They have played 1 match away from home and have yet to win away.

The Bookies have given Australia a 9 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. South Africa will be full of confidence following their recent win over NZ while Australia are struggling this season. South Africa  should win this by 7 .

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 19 Australia 18

Last five results
Sat, 08 Sep 2018 SAF v AUS 18-23 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Sat, 30 Sep 2017 SAF v AUS 27-27 Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein
Sat, 09 Sep 2017 SAF v AUS 23-23 Subiaco Oval, Perth
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 SAF v AUS 18-10 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Sat, 10 Sep 2016 SAF v AUS 17-23 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

South Africa’s overall record against Australia
Played 86, Wins 46, Losses 37 , Draws 3

South Africa’s winning percentage against Australia = 54%

Match : South Africa v Australia
Date : Sat 29 Sept 2018
Venue : Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South
Kick Off local: 17.05
Referee: Jerome Garces (FFR)
Assistant Ref 1:Wayne Barnes (RFU)
Assistant Ref 2: Matthew Carley (RFU)
TMO : Graham Hughes (RFU)


South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse


15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Israel Folau, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Izack Rodda, 4 Adam Coleman, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements:16 Folau Faingaa, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Rob Simmons, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Bernard Foley, 23 Jack Maddocks

Argentina v New Zealand Rugby Championship Rd.5 Preview

Argentina will go into this week’s match against New Zealand’s All Blacks with a lot of confidence as they have beaten South Africa and Australia this season.

In theory the Pumas have their best chance in years against the All Blacks as they will be coming off a victory over Australia and the last time they played at home they beat South Africa.

This weekend Argentina will have home advantage and the All Blacks will be coming off a loss at home.

Argentina have played New Zealand 27 times and they have never beaten the All Blacks. Argentina did draw with the All Blacks in 1985 at Buenos Aires and that was the closest they came to beating the New Zealanders.

This weekend the match will be played in Buenos Aires where the teams have met 8 times. New Zealand have won 7 of the matches and there was that one draw.

The average score when Argentina play New Zealand in Buenos Aires is : Argentina 16 New Zealand 30.

This year New Zealand have played 7 tests and they have won two. They have played four matches at home and won one. It should be noted that they have a new coach who took charge for the Rugby Championship

The All Blacks have played 7 matches and won 6. They have played 1 match away from home and won one.

The Bookies have given a Argentina an 18 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Although Argentina have everything in their favour the All Blacks will be desperate to bounce back after their loss to the Boks. The All Blacks should win by 15 or more.

Average score: Argentina 14 New Zealand 41

Last five results
Sat, 08 Sep 2018 ARG v NZL 24-46 Trafalgar Park, Nelson
Sat, 30 Sep 2017 ARG v NZL 10-36 Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires
Sat, 09 Sep 2017 ARG v NZL 22-39 New Plymouth
Sat, 01 Oct 2016 ARG v NZL 17-36 River Plate, Buenos Aires
Sat, 10 Sep 2016 ARG v NZL 22-57 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton

Argentina’s overall record against New Zealand
Played 27 , Wins 0 , Losses 26 , Draws 1

Argentinas winning percentage against New Zealand = 0 %

Match :Argentina v New Zealand
Date : Sat 29 Sept 2018
Venue : Estadio Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Kick Off local: 19.40
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
Assistant Ref Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 2: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)
TMO : David Grashoff (RFU)



15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Matias Moroni, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Matias Orlando, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere

New Zealand

15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Ryan Crotty, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock (captain), 3 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe

Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 Aaron Smith, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown

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