Things got very ugly, very quickly for the Wallabies against the All Blacks last weekend and it won’t be any easier for them in Dunedin on Saturday afternoon.
It should come as no surprise that the All Blacks are dominant favourites to record yet another win over the Wallabies, while South Africa are the punter’s elect to beat Argentina in back-to-back weeks.
We have analysed both games set to take place this weekend and our complete 2017 Rugby Championships Round 2 tips can be found below.
Saturday 26 August, 5:35pm, Forsyth Barr Stadium
Australia did score the opening points in their opening Bledisloe Cup clash against New Zealand, but that was one of their only highlights in the first half as they were absolutely dismantled by the All Blacks.
The Wallabies were able to stage something of a comeback in the second half to make the score line look somewhat respectable, but the All Blacks clearly slowed down in the second half.
The scary thing for the Wallabies is that the All Blacks often go to another level in front of their home fans in New Zealand and that is why the line has been set a massive 27.5 points.
Australia have not beaten New Zealand in New Zealand since they famously beat the All Blacks in Dunedin in 2001 and that doesn’t look likely to change this weekend, but the big question is whether the Wallabies can cover the line.
New Zealand have won three of their past five games against Australia in New Zealand by a margin of more than 27 points and their most recent victory was by exactly 27 points.
The All Blacks will probably be unhappy about the way that they performed in the second half of their opening Rugby Championships clash and another huge win really does look to be on the cards.
Back New Zealand To Beat The Line (-27.5 Points)
Sunday 27 August, 5:40am, Padre Ernesto Martearena Stadium
South Africa claimed a comfortable win over Argentina in their opening Rugby Championships clash, but they scored 14 points late and this was a game that was closer than the final score indicated.
Argentina’s record in front of their home fans is much better than it is anywhere else in the world and they were able to beat South Africa when they met in Argentina 12 months ago.
The line for this clash has been set at 9.5 points and recent history does suggest that Argentina will be able to cover this comfortably.
Argentina have lost only one of their past five games against South Africa in Argentina by more than 10 points and I will once again be throwing my supporting behind Los Pumas.
Back Argentina To Beat The Line (+9.5 Points)