The Rugby Championship Preview – Week 3

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After a weekend off, The Rugby Championship returns for round number three with Argentina and South Africa making the long trip for their away matches against New Zealand and Australia respectively.

As is the case just about every season, the All Blacks are the side to top after the first two weekends winning both games by a combined total of 53 points.

The race for second place is one worth watching however thanks to Argentina’s upset win at home against South Africa.

Read on for our previews of both matches this weekend.

New Zealand Vs Argentina

Saturday 8 September, 5:30pm, Trafalgar Park

While Argentina would have enjoyed their win over the Springboks they have a huge task against them when they face the All Blacks here.

In 26 tests against the All Blacks, their best result was a solitary draw in 1985.

During the era of the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks have won five of the six tests by double digit margins and look set to do it all again.

While the Pumas would love to spring an upset, and New Zealand’s errors in their first two tests against Australia would give them some hope, this is going to be too big of a task for them.

Back New Zealand to Cover the Line (-27.5 Points)

Australia Vs South Africa

Saturday 8 September, 8:00pm, Suncorp Stadium

The Wallabies return to home soil after being outclassed by the All Blacks in both Bledisloe Cup tests so far.

One thing working in their favour is the venue of this match with it being played at Suncorp Stadium, a venue they have won their last five matches there.

Two of those victories have come against South Africa with a 24-20 win in 2015 and 23-17 in 2016.

On the other side of the ledger South Africa is coming off an upset loss in Argentina however they will take plenty of confidence in their recent run of results in Australia picking up a draw in Perth last year.

During the first two rounds of the Rugby Championship, both sides showed reasons for optimism and major reasons for concern.

Australia have a great record at Suncorp Stadium but it is hard to see them producing enough points to turn this game into a blowout.

Expect a close contest here with few tries and plenty of nerves at the end.

Back Australia to Win by 1-12

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