The Rugby Championship Round 3 Preview


The Rugby Championship returns after a week off and we are set for two more big games this weekend.

The action gets underway on Saturday afternoon when New Zealand host Argentina before Australia take on South Africa in Perth.

Will the Wallabies be able to record their first win of the 2017 The Rugby Championship and will the All Blacks carry on their unbeaten ways? We have analysed both games and our 2017 Rugby Championship Round 3 tips can be found below.

New Zealand Vs Argentina

Saturday 9 September, 5:35pm, Yarrow Stadium

The All Blacks were not their dominant selves against the Wallabies in their most recent The Rugby Championship clash and the big losers of that could be Argentina.

New Zealand will go into this clash with Argentina as $1.01 favourites and the line is a very large 30.5 points.

Argentina have never won a Test against New Zealand – they drew just their second meeting way back in 1985 – but in recent years Los Pumas have not been disgraced against the All Blacks.

In their past eight games against New Zealand, Argentina have lost by over 21 points on just one occasion and that defeat came in Hamilton last year.

There is no doubt that New Zealand should win this game comfortably, but the line of 30.5 points is excessive and Argentina will not be disgraced.

Back Argentina To Beat The Line (+30.5 Points)

Australia Vs South Africa

Saturday 9 September, 8:00pm, nib Stadium

There is very little between these two sides in betting, but it is Australia that look set to start this clash as narrow favourites.

The Wallabies were very poor against the All Blacks in their opening Rugby Championship clash, but they produced a much improved effort in their second meeting and they will go into this clash with a little bit of confidence.

South Africa started their Rugby Championship campaign with two comfortable wins over Argentina, but this is obviously a tougher challenger for the Springboks against the Wallabies and their recent record in Australia is poor.

Australia have not lost to South Africa in Australia since 2013, but the past three matches between these two sides in Australia have been decided by six points or less.

South Africa have played some quality Rugby during the Rugby Championship to date and I’m not convinced that the Wallabies performance in the second Bledisloe Cup fixture was not a false dawn.

This is a Wallabies outfit that couldn’t beat Scotland and struggled against Fiji and Italy, so it is tough not to back South Africa at the $2 currently on offer.

Back South Africa To Win @ $2

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