New Zealand vs South Africa
The All Blacks welcome the Springboks to the Mount Smart Stadium for this second round encounter in the Rugby Championships. Both teams had excellent victories in the first round with the home side thrashing Argentina 41-12 while the visitors crushed the Wallabies 43-12. The All Blacks played their usual high tempo game and will be looking to so the same again against the much heavier Springbok team. South Africa surprised everyone in their first match as they played with freedom, often running the ball out of their own 22m area. It will be interesting to see if they can play the same way against the much more dangerous opponents.
TIP: The All Blacks have made five changes to the team from the first round as Codie Taylor returns as first choice hooker while last weeks starting hooker, Dan Coles can’t make the matchday squad. The other major change sees Richie Mo’unga return at flyhalf in place of Damian McKenzie. The Springboks have also made several changes with Eben Etzebeth selected as the captain for this match. The bookies have New Zealand as favourites but I’m tipping the Springboks for the upset win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 3.38, Gbets 3.35 and Hollywoodbets 3.35
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
New Zealand vs South Africa
- South Africa have won two of the last three matches against the All Blacks
- The last match between the teams saw the All Blacks win 35-23.
Latest results for both teams
New Zealand beat Argentina 41-12 in their last match while the Springboks beat Australia 43-12 in their last match.
The All Blacks will be weary that they have failed to win at home on the Springboks last two visits and will be determined to prevent it happening three times in a row. There are several mouthwatering match ups and none more so than Damian Willemse against Mo’unga. Both men are great attacking players but one has the feeling that their defence will be tested to the limit in this match. The Springboks will be hoping for a tight game as they certainly have the stronger bench. If they are within a few points of the All Blacks when their replacements come on, then the upset is on. I am predicting a Springbok win by three points
Probable Starting XVs
15 Beauden Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Mark Telea, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Shannon Frizell, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Ethan de Groot
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Kwagga Smith, 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth (c), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Springboks victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the Springboks handicap:
The complete odds on the Springboks handicap:
Betway 1.90 (+6.5)
Gbets 1.87 (+6.5)
Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+6.5)
Predictions and Odds in details
There are great returns on the Springbok upset win but if you looking for a safety bet then I suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (+6.5), Gbets 1.87 (+6.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (+6.5)
Other tips for the weekend (Predicted winners are in BOLD text)
South Africa vs England
Wales vs Australia
Italy vs Japan
Fiji vs Argentina
Springboks vs All Blacks
Australia vs Argentina
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