Rugby Championship: Australia v South Africa Preview


We take a look at the Rugby Championship clash between Australia and South Africa to be played at nib Stadium on Saturday 9 September. 

A fired-up Australian side will host an increasingly confident Springbok side this weekend in Perth.
Following a first round defeat to the All Blacks that the Wallabies would rather choose to forget, Michael Cheika's troops bounced back, narrowly losing out to the reigning world champions in Dunedin.
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Australia v South Africa | Saturday 9 September | nib Stadium, Perth | 12:05

To Win (80 min)
Australia 8/10 | Draw 22/1 | South Africa 11/10

Australia
Playing away from home the Wallabies almost stunned the All Blacks as they led 17 – 0 in the first 16 minutes at the Yarrow before a late surge from Beauden Barrett clinched the classic second leg of the Bledisloe Cup.

Certainly, the highlight of the Rugby Championship so far. Bernard Foley will be kicking himself after his 33% kicking percentage saw a crucial nine points go a begging in a match that was decided by a mere six points. The Wallabies' defence improved by 8 % with 108 tackles made from 140 attempts, but they’ll have to improve on their discipline as they conceded 13 penalties compared to round one’s nine.

Regardless of their slim loss, we saw glimpses of the Will Genia that won the Reds their first Super Rugby title in 2011 and the Israel Folau from 2015. Michael Cheika's men raised their game significantly since that opening day defeat against the All Blacks and certainly cannot be taken lightly by the Springboks.

South Africa
South Africa made two of their Argentina clashes look easy as they won both home and away fixtures. The Bok team has been dubbed as “under construction” and added three uncapped players into their Rugby Championship squad.

 Eben Eztebeth is leading by example and Siya Kolisi is performing incredibly and is peaking in his career. The forwards are bringing the right intensity to the scrums and at the breakdown.

The Boks seem to have a solid place kicker in Jantjies who also possess the sort of creativity to free up his backline. Ross Cronje will take over from Hougaard after recovering from his ankle injury. The only concerns will be on the backline defence in the form of Courtnall Skosan and Raymond Rhule, against the strength of Israel Folau and the in-form Kurtley Beale. Handre Pollard has been included in the touring squad along with speedster Dillyn Lleyds.

Teams

Australia

15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Curtis Rona

South Africa

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Beast Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Damian de Allende

Verdict: Australia 8/10
This is painstaking to predict but based on their magnificent showing in Dunedin, I'll have a go at Australia at 8/10. The Boks have won only two of their last 13 matches played in Australia. Although the South Africans have enjoyed a great start to the Rugby Championship, they've yet to be tested by stern opposition. 


Writtern by Lungelo Mdladla for Hollywoodbets

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