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Rugby Championship Rd.5 Team vs Team Preview




The Rugby Championship reaches it’s penultimate round this weekend and if the results go their way New Zealand could win the championship.

If Australia beat South Africa and New Zealand beat Argentina the All Blacks win win the title as the other teams would not be able to catch them on points.

South Africa v Australia Rugby Championship Rd.5 Preview

South Africa’s Springboks host Australia’s Wallabies in the first Rugby Championship match this weekend and the winner of the match should finish the weekend in second place in the standings.

These two teams met earlier this month and the match ended in a 23 all draw in Perth. As South Africa were playing away in that match and this week they will be at home they start the match as favourites.

South Africa and Australia have played each other 84 times since 1933 and South Africa have won 46 matches or 55% of the contests. There have been two draws
between the teams but both were in Perth.

The average score when South Africa play Australia is 19-18 but when the teams meet on South African soil the average score is 22-14 to South Africa.

South Africa have made four changes to the side that were heavily beaten by New Zealand. Australia beat Argentina in their last match and have made three changes for this week.

The Bookies have given Australia a 7 point start for this Match. South Africa are playing at home at altitude so they should win this match by 8 or more points. 

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
09 Sep 2017 SAF v AUS 23-23 Subiaco Oval, Perth
01 Oct 2016 SAF v AUS 18-10 Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
10 Sep 2016 SAF v AUS 17-23 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
18 Jul 2015 SAF v AUS 20-24 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
27 Sep 2014 SAF v AUS 28-10 Newlands, Cape Town

South Africa’s overall record against Australia
Played 84 , Wins 46, Losses 36 , Draws 2

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref 1: Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
Assistant Ref 2: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)
TMO : Marius Jonker (SARU)


South Africa

15. Andries Coetzee, 14. Dillyn Leyds, 13. Jesse Kriel, 12. Jan Serfontein, 11. Courtnall Skosan , 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Ross Cronje, 8. Uzair Cassiem, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Franco Mostert, 4. Eben Etzebeth , 3. Ruan Dreyer , 2. Malcolm Marx , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements : 16. Chiliboy Ralepelle , 17. Steven Kitshoff, 18. Trevor Nyakane , 19. Pieter-Steph du Toit , 20. Jean-Luc du Preez, 21. Rudy Paige , 22. Handré Pollard, 23. Damian de Allende


1. Scott Sio , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Izack Rodda , 5. Adam Coleman , 6. Jack Dempsey , 7. Michael Hooper (c) , 8. Sean McMahon, 9. Will Genia (vc), 10. Bernard Foley (vc) , 11. Reece Hodge, 12. Kurtley Beale, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Marika Koroibete , 15. Israel Folau ,

Replacements : 16. Stephen Moore, 17. Tom Robertson, 18. Allan Alaalatoa, 19. Rob Simmons, 20. Ned Hanigan, 21. Lukhan Tui, 22. Nick Phipps, 23. Samu Kerevi ,

Argentina v New Zealand Rugby Championship Rd.5 Preview

Argentina’s Pumas host Rugby Championship leaders New Zealand this weekend at José Amalfitani in Buenos Aires Argentina.

This will be the All Blacks fifth visit to José Amalfitani and on their last visit the New Zealanders won 36-17. Earlier this month New Zealand beat Argentina 39-22 in New Plymouth.

Overall Argentina have played New Zealand 25 times since 1985 and the All Blacks are undefeated. Argentina’s best result was the 21-all draw in 1985.

Since that draw New Zealand have won 23 tests consecutively against Argentina.

Following the All Blacks big victory over South Africa coach Steve Hansen has rotated his squad and named David Havili to make his debut from the replacements bench. At the time of writing Argentina had not named their team.

The Bookies have given Argentina a 22 point start for this Match. New Zealand’s All Blacks can expect to be pushed in this but their higher fitness and skill levels should see them winning comfortably by a score of around three converted tries. All Blacks to win by 20 points.  

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport)and in the UK on Sky Sports.

Average score: Argentina 14 New Zealand 41

Last five results
09 Sep 2017 ARG v NZL 22-39 New Plymouth
01 Oct 2016 ARG v NZL 17-36 River Plate, Buenos Aires
10 Sep 2016 ARG v NZL 22-57 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
20 Sep 2015 ARG v NZL 16-26 Wembley Stadium, London
17 Jul 2015 ARG v NZL 18-39 Rugby League Pk, Christchurch

Argentina overall record against New Zealand
Played 25 , Wins 0, Losses 24, Draws 1

Match Officials
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (NZR)
Assistant Ref 1: Jerome Garces (FFR)
Assistant Ref 2: Shuhei Kubo (JRFU)
TMO : Rowan Kitt (RFU)



1. Lucas Noguera Paz, 2. Agustin Creevy ©, 3. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 4. Guido Petti, 5. Tomas Lavanini, 6. Pablo Matera, 7. Tomas Lezana, 8. Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 9. Tomas Cubelli, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 11. Emiliano Boffelli, 12. Jeronimo de la Fuente, 13. Matias Orlando, 14. Matias Moroni, 15. Joaquin Tuculet

Replacements: 16. Julian Montoya, 17. Santiago Garcia Botta, 18. Ramiro Herrera, 19. Marcos Kremer, 20. Javier Ortega Desio, 21. Martin Landajo, 22. Juan Martin Hernandez, 23. Santiago Cordero

New Zealand

1. Kane Hames, 2. Dane Coles , 3. Nepo Laulala, 4. Luke Romano, 5. Scott Barrett,6. Vaea Fifita, 7. Matt Todd, 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. Aaron Smith, 10. BeaudenBarrett, 11. Rieko Ioane, 12. Sonny Bill Williams , 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 14. Waisake Naholo, 15. Damian McKenzie,

Replacements : 16. Codie Taylor, 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi,19. Patrick Tuipulotu , 20. Ardie Savea, 21. TJ Perenara , 22. Ngani Laumape,23. David Havili

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