The Rugby Championship Round 4 Preview

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The Rugby Championship continues to roll along and there are a couple of big games set to take place this weekend.

New Zealand and South Africa are both unbeaten and meet in a crucial clash on Saturday afternoon before Australia and Argentina both have the chance to record their first win of the tournament.

We have analysed both games set to take place this weekend and our 2017 Rugby Championship Round 4 tips can be found below.

New Zealand Vs South Africa

Saturday 16 September, 5:35pm, QBE Stadium

The All Blacks have not been at their dominant best during the Rugby Championship to date, but they are still unbeaten and they will go into this with South Africa as clear favourites.

New Zealand were slow out of the blocks against Argentina, but just like the week before they produced their best rugby when it matters and they are a team that simply find a way to win.

The All Blacks have won nine of their past ten games against South Africa and they have not lost to the Springboks in New Zealand since 2009.

South Africa started their Rugby Championship campaign with two comfortable wins over Argentina and they came from behind to draw with the Wallabies last weekend, but they will need to improve to have any chance of beating New Zealand.

The line for this clash has been set at 17.5 points – New Zealand won their past two games over South Africa by greater than this margin, but the recent meetings between the two sides have been closer than that result.

South Africa can keep this game tight and they can cover the line with a start of 17.5 points.

Back South Africa To Beat The Line (+17.5 Points)

Australia Vs Argentina

Saturday 16 September, 8:00pm, GIO Stadium

Australia are still chasing their first win of the Rugby Championship and they may never have a better chance to get that win than this weekend.

The Wallabies made a very slow start to their Rugby Championship campaign, but they have produced two improved efforts in their past two meetings against New Zealand and South Africa.

Australia will start this clash with Argentina as clear favourites and their recent record against The Pumas suggests that they are deserving of that position – they have won 17 of the past 19 games played between the two sides and they have not lost to Argentina in Australia since 1983.

Argentina have not been disgraced in any of their games during the Rugby Championships to date and at one stage last weekend they looked a genuine chance of recording an upset.

They have won only one of their past 14 games against Australia, but they generally kept things close and on recent form there really is not as much between these two sides.

Betting against Australia has been a profitable betting play in 2017 to date and I am happy to stick with that formula once again.

Back Argentina To Beat The Line (+13.5 Points)