The Rugby Championship Round 5 Preview

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It would take a completely unprecedented meltdown for New Zealand not to win the Rugby Championship and they will mathematically secure the title with a win over Argentina on Sunday morning.

The battle for second is a far more interesting one and Australian can leapfrog South Africa if they are able to beat the Springboks at Toyota Stadium.

Can the Wallabies make it two wins on the trot or will South Africa prove too strong? We have analysed both games set to take place this weekend

South Africa Vs Australia

Sunday 1 October, 1:05am, Toyota Stadium

Australia and South Africa played out a draw when they met in Perth less than a month ago and this shapes to be another tight clash.

It is South Africa that will start this clash as clear favourites and their recent against Australia in front of their home fans suggests that they will be tough to beat.

The Springboks were embarrassed in their most recent clash against New Zealand, but this Wallabies outfit is nowhere near as good and South Africa will be desperate to avoid back-to-back defeats.

South Africa have won their past four games against Australia in South Africa as well as seven of their past nine, while in each of these wins they won by comfortably more than the current line of 6.5 points.

Australia got the job done against Argentina, but they still did not play particularly well and they would need to improve on that effort to be any chance of beating South Africa.

The Wallabies have lost their past three tests away from home and they have not won in South Africa since 2011 – that does not look like changing this weekend.

South Africa should cement their second place finish in the Rugby Championship with a comfortable win and the line of 6.5 points will not be enough.

Back South Africa To Beat The Line (-6.5 Points)

Argentina Vs New Zealand

Sunday 1 October, 8:40am, Estadio Jose Amalfitani

Things could get very ugly for Argentina if New Zealand play as well as they did when they beat South Africa 57-0 a fortnight ago.

New Zealand have never lost a Test in Argentina and over the past four years they have proven far too strong for the Pumas – even if Argentina are never really disgraced.

The All Blacks were clearly keen to make a statement following their lacklustre – for their standards – start to this tournament and they will be out to ride that momentum into this clash.

Argentina have given their best in each of their games in the Rugby Champion and they did give the All Blacks a scare in New Zealand, but when it has really counted they have been outclassed and a repeat is on the cards in this clash.

Back New Zealand To Beat The Line (-19.5 Points)

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