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Who picked a draw!? We said that NZ v SA would likely decide the championship, ironically the draw was the result that kept it most alive!
South Africa grabbed a last minute try to take the final score 16 – 16 which means another draw in the Southern Hemisphere … between New Zealand and South African sides in New Zealand … it seems Super Rugby has influenced the national sides!
Australia put on the pressure and won 16-10 against Argentina in a topsy turvy match down under.
How is round 3 going to go down? Anything can happen in the final round with South Africa in pole position for a prize they haven’t held in a decade. It’s going to go down to the wire.
If the Wallabies beat New Zealand in Perth, then Wales will take World Rugby’s Number 1 ranking (keeping it will require beating England in Twickenham though). History is on the side of the men in gold with the All Blacks losing to the Wallabies in every World Cup year in the professional era.
So … what could happen if the above favourites win or lose?
Here’s the table if New Zealand and South Africa win using the above predicted scores:
However if New Zealand and South Africa lose by the same margins it’s a different story.
All to play for if both teams want to keep their current spots in the rankings.
New Zealand and Australia, two fierce rivals playing for the Bledisloe Cup. Third place vs second place. The last time Beauden Barrett faced the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship he put on a record four tries and 30 points to help New Zealand lift the cup. Will he be the difference this weekend?
We have had a look at the previous results between these two teams with New Zealand playing away.
New Zealand have won 3 in a row away with their last loss being in 2015 (RWC year) – will we see the same again this year?
Siya Kolisi could play for South Africa in his first game since May after a knee injury, comforting news for the South Africans ahead of the World Cup. They have also come out and said they will be making some brave calls in terms of experimenting with the squad for the two tests against Argentina to prepare for the RWC.
South Africa are in pole position to lift the trophy after a bonus-point win over the Australians and a thrilling comeback draw against New Zealand. The Argentinians have a big hill to climb but they have the man power to achieve this and topple the Springboks as playing at home is always an advantage – especially in Argentina.
We have had a look at the previous results in the Rugby Championship with Argentina playing at home.
Last year Argentina took the win, but can they repeat this victory against a quickly improving Springbok side? Should South Africa win with a bonus point they will be able to claim their first piece of silverware since 2009.
Tell us in the comments how you think this is going down!