The 2015 Rugby Championship will officially draw to a close this weekend with fixtures between the Wallabies and All Blacks in Sydney on Saturday night, and South Africa vs Argentina at King’s Park early Sunday morning Australian time.
The World Cup in October has meant only one match between each nation will be played in the 2015 Rugby Championship and has set up a thrilling decider in Sydney, in what also figures as this year’s first Bledisloe clash.
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Australia vs New Zealand
In what undoubtedly figures as the headline match this weekend, Australia are offered arguably their best chance of securing silverware since taking out the 2011 Tri-Nations tournament when facing the All Blacks in Sydney on Saturday night.
Both sides have been put through their paces over the last week and will be brimming with confidence ahead of this key clash having each beaten both South Africa and Argentina so far.
The Wallabies will be without lock Rob Simmons who continues to nurse a minor scaphoid injury, with the in-form James Horwill a likely replacement.
Coach Michael Cheika has also revealed both Matt Toomua and prop James Slipper are yet to be cleared to play but will likely take their positions, while Matt Giteau returns to the fold after missing Australia’s last test in Argentina.
New Zealand will be typically spoiled for choice in both their back line and forward pack this weekend, and will likely opt to field a team rich with stars as a first full-strength hit-out in the lead-up to the World Cup.
The Wallabies currently sit atop 2015 Rugby Championship standings by a solitary point; tied with the All Blacks on overall points but leading 29-28 on points difference.
Undoubtedly facing their biggest task this year on Saturday night, the Wallabies are sure to mount a spirited effort early, but probably don’t quite have the size, stamina and mobility to beat the All Blacks; who offer good value for money at $1.48 odds for success.
South Africa vs Argentina
In what will probably be the more one-sided match in this week’s Rugby Championship fixtures, South Africa host Argentina in Durban early Sunday morning Australian time.
For a team that has lost their two opening games in the Rugby Championships this year, the Springboks have produced a typically physical and competitive style of play; unlucky to lose to the Wallabies after the siren before a credible 27-20 loss to the AB’s a fortnight ago.
The ‘Boks will likely be without the services of exciting young fly-half Handre Pollard who suffered a nasty blow to the head in last week’s match with New Zealand, however the experienced Pat Lambie and Morne Steyn are poised for a start.
Argentinian coach Daniel Hourcade has confirmed wholesale changes to his side that suffered a 34-9 loss to the Wallabies in Mendoza two weeks ago, with a view towards a competitive display at the approaching World Cup.
In what will be a new-look backline for the Pumas, Hourcade has axed right wing Gonzalo Camacho, outside centre Matias Moroni and fly-half Nicolas Sanchez, while fullback Santiago Cordero has also missed selection. Lock Manuel Carizza and lose forwards Javiar Ortega Desio, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Facundo Isa have also made way in the team’s pack.
Argentina seem to fight well above their way every time they take to the field in the Rugby Championship, but South Africa should have no issue posting a consolation win in Durban this weekend.