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2016 Rugby Championship Week 2 Preview


The Rugby Championship got underway last weekend and Australia could not have started their campaign in a worse manner.

The Wallabies were comprehensively outplayed by a rampant All Blacks outfit and they face an even tougher challenge this weekend against the Kiwis in front of their home fans at Westpac Stadium.

Argentina gave South Africa a scare last weekend and will fancy their chances at home in the other Rugby Championship fixture this weekend.

I overrated Australia last weekend, but got the second game exactly right and I have come up with the best betting plays for

Australia Vs New Zealand

Saturday 27 August, 5:35pm, Westpac Stadium

There was plenty of optimism surrounding the Wallabies ahead of the opening game of the Rugby Championship, but after a half of football that optimism was in the toilet.

The Wallabies were outplayed by the All-Blacks right across the park and to make matter worse the Wallabies will go into this clash without a recognised inside centre after both Matt Giteau and Matt Toomua were ruled out due to injury.

Australia could be badly exposed in the middle of the field again – especially if it is Quade Cooper that is selected to fill the number 12 role.

The Wallabies have not won a Bledisloe Cup game in New Zealand since 2001 and it is very difficult to see that changing this weekend, but the key betting function will be whether they can cover the hefty line of 19.5 points.

It is more than fair to say that Australia were simply horrible last weekend, but the line of 19.5 points does seem excessive and I don’t think that things will get as ugly as they did in the opening week of the Rugby Championship.

Recommended Bet: Back Australia To Beat The Line (-19.5 Points)

Argentina Vs South Africa

Sunday 28 August, 5:30am,

Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena

Argentina were excellent against South Africa last weekend and only a couple of late tries from South Africa got the Springboks home.

This is definitely not the strongest South African side and Argentina will have every possible chance of recording their first win of the 2016 Rugby Championship.

Argentina have an excellent record against South Africa in front of their home fans and although they have just the two wins over their rivals in the Rugby Championship, this is a stronger Argentine outfit.

I am happy to take on South Africa again and back Los Pumas to get the job done.

Recommended Bet: Back Argentina To Win @ $2.25


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