Wallabies v Springboks
Race for second?
OK So here we are Bledisloe gone, Boks clean sweep gone. What is left? Second place in the Rugby Championship again?
Wallabies v Springboks has recently been dubbed as the race for second. It looks all too much like that is exactly what it will be. Last year the Springboks went to Aussieland and drew, unbelievably the return fixture produced another draw.
This year the Boks head over there in a cloud of uncertainty. Rassie Erasmus could not have asked for a worse start to his tenure. The result in Durban was expected, but the result in Mendoza was not. Well I certainly was not surprised.
Wallabies started at home v All Blacks, I for one thought they had a chance, I was wrong. The Aussies got thumped. I was definitely not wrong the second time of asking. New Zealand dealt the rubbish Wallabies a lesson in rugby.
Israel Falau has been dubbed a fifty fifty, but honestly I cannot see him being included in the squad, surely the Aussies don’t want to risk him this early after injury? Maybe they think they need him, maybe they feel he will be ready for los Pumas in a week.
So let’s look at the results Wallabies v Springboks. South Africa in Australia since 2012 has been Aussie 4 – 1 – 1 I know it looks like a Ryder Cup scorecard. Those four wins have yielded only one result over six and that has been the Wallabies winning by 7 in Perth in 2012.
The Boks lost the last two in Brisbane by four and six respectfully and won the other in 2013 by twenty six. That particular game the Wallabies only scored thirteen. That brings me to my prediction this week.
I know that SA is hurting, but as mentioned on my live show tonight, the Aussies must be hurting just as bad if not worse. The last thing the Wallabies or the Boks need is another loss. But one of them will lose come Saturday.
At the price being dished out this week I have no other option than to go for what looks like real value. The value for me lies in the fact that the Wallabies have been playing rubbish rugby. I expected Los Pumas to give us a go, so I am not in the camp of crap Boks.
If you are afraid of the Boks just losing, then my Suggestion would be to back them on the handicap of plus five and a half, it is definitely in the race. If you are considering lumping on the wallabies at 4/10 or thereabouts, be aware that this is a race, South Africa most certainly have a chance!
Kick off is scheduled for 12h05 GMT +2 on Saturday in Brisbane. The referee for this game will be Glen Jackson (NZ), Click here for the Weather in Brisbane and if you want to follow the game on Twitter click here for the Hashtag #AUSvRSA
Call: Springboks on the board at an unbelievable 7/4 (1.75/1) for 3 units
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