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Rugby Championship Rd.6 Team vs Team Preview




This weekend is the sixth round in the Rugby Championship which makes this the final round of the 2018 Rugby Championship.

Two of the teams will be playing for their final placings this weekend while two have already sealed their final positions.

New Zealand’s victory over Argentina last week won them the title for third straight year.

South Africa will finish second while Australia are playing for third place.

Argentina are currently third but to hold on to their placing they need to beat Australia.

South Africa v New Zealand Rugby Championship Rd.6 Preview

When these teams last met South Africa upset New Zealand in Wellington and this weekend South Africa will have home advantage as the match is in Pretoria.

South Africa held on to beat New Zealand 34-36 in Wellington to earn their 36th win over the All Blacks.

South Africa have played New Zealand 96 times and with 36 wins they have won 38% of their matches against the All Blacks.

This weekend the match will be in Pretoria and the average score when these teams have played each other five times before.

Somewhat surprisingly South Africa have won one and lost four matches in Pretoria. The Springboks won the first match in Pretoria (in 1970) but since then New Zealand have won the last four.

The average score when these teams meet in Pretoria is South Africa 21 New Zealand 34.

This year South Africa have played 9 matches and they have won five and lost four. In South Africa they have played five matches and won four.

New Zealand have played 8 matches in 2018 and they have won 7 matches. They have played two matches away from home and have yet to lose.

The Bookies have given South Africa an 11 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The All Blacks will be hungry for revenge after their earlier loss to South Africa. The All Blacks will be too clinical for South Africa this time and they should win by 14 points or more.

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 16 New Zealand 21

Last five results
Sat, 15 Sep 2018 SAF v NZL 36-34 Westpac Trust, Wellington
Sat, 07 Oct 2017 SAF v NZL 24-25 Newlands, Cape Town
Sat, 16 Sep 2017 SAF v NZL 0-57 Albany
Sat, 08 Oct 2016 SAF v NZL 15-57 Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 SAF v NZL 13-41 Rugby League Pk, Christchurch

South Africa’s overall record against New Zealand
Played 96, Wins 36, Losses 57 , Draws 3

South Africa’s winning percentage against New Zealand = 37.5%

Match : South Africa v New Zealand
Date : Sat 6 Oct 2018
Venue : Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, South Africa
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Angus Gardner (ARU)
Assistant Ref 1:Jerome Garces (FFR)
Assistant Ref 2: Matthew Carley (RFU)
TMO : Graham Hughes (RFU):


South Africa

15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Francois Louw, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Replacements:16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Tendai Mtawarira, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 RG Snyman, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Elton Jantjies, 23 Damian Willemse

New Zealand

15 Ben Smith, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Sam Whitelock, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe

Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Ardie Savea, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Richie Mo’unga, 23 Ryan Crotty

Argentina v Australia Rugby Championship Rd.6 Preview

Argentina beat Australia when these teams last met which was on the Gold Coast so Australia will be out for revenge this weekend – and to avoid last place in the Rugby Championship.

Argentina’s victory over the Wallabies was their sixth victory and second in the Rugby Championship.

Argentina’s Pumas have played Australia’s Wallabies 30 times since 1979 and their six wins and one draw translates to a record of winning 20% of the matches between these teams.

This weekend the Pumas will have home advantage as the match will be played in Salta Argentina. These teams have yet to meet in Salta but they have played 14 times on South American soil. In those 12 matches the Pumas have won four or 33% of the matches. There was also a draw in 1987.

The average score when Argentina host Australia in Argentina is : Argentina 17 Australia 24.

This year the Pumas have played 8 matches and won two. They have played five matches at home and won one.

Australia have played 8 matches and won two as well. Australia have played two matches away from home and have yet to win.

Australia have won the last two matches between these teams in Argentina.

The Bookies have given Australia a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Australia are having a difficult year. Argentina have their best ever chance of earning back to back wins over Australia this weekend. They should edge this by 1.

Average score: Argentina 16 Australia 28

Last five results
Sat, 15 Sep 2018 ARG v AUS 23-19 Robina Stadium, Gold Coast
Sat, 07 Oct 2017 ARG v AUS 20-37 Mendoza
Sat, 16 Sep 2017 ARG v AUS 20-45 Bruce Stadium, Canberra
Sat, 08 Oct 2016 ARG v AUS 21-33 Twickenham, London
Sat, 17 Sep 2016 ARG v AUS 20-36 Perth Oval

Argentina’s overall record against Australia
Played 30, Wins 6 , Losses 23, Draws 1

Argentinas winning percentage against Australia = 20%

Match :Argentina v Australia
Date : Sat 6 Oct 2018
Venue : Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta, Argentina
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Jaco Peyper (SARU)
Assistant Ref Mathieu Raynal (FFR)
Assistant Ref 2: Marius van der Westhuizen (SARU)
TMO : David Grashoff (RFU)



15 Emiliano Boffelli; 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano; 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), 1Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Sebastian Cancelliere


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

Replacements: (one to be omitted): 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Sekope Kepu, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Rory Arnold, 21 Caleb Timu, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 Matt Toomua, 24 Tom Banks

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