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The 2021 Rugby Championship: Round 1 Predictions

There’s no let up after the end of the Lions Tour, and we’re straight into the Rugby Championship, which could be one of the most competitive for a while.

On Superbru, we have two games for you to join ahead of the tournament starting tomorrow - the Rugby Championship Predictor and a Rugby Championship Fantasy game.

Here are my Rugby Championship predictions for Round 1.

New Zealand v Australia

Last week’s test was closer than many expected, and but for an off day for Noah Lolesio’s boot, it could have been a different result. The All Blacks usually heed a warning like that and come out stronger the following week, so I think this will be more one-sided. Prediction: New Zealand by 21

South Africa v Argentina

The Springboks deserve plenty of credit for grinding out a series win over the Lions, having barely played since 2019, and confidence will be high going into the Rugby Championship. There are 12 changes from the side that played the Lions last weekend, however, and this first fixture is a potential banana skin, given that it hasn’t been a focus until this week. It could be a game where they need to soak up the pressure, then dig deep and find a way to win. Prediction: South Africa by 7
6,117 caps
Agrentina by 5.

Boks backline horror show coming
13 Aug 08:58
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? 14 Aug 17:13
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Hahahahahaha horror show coming, there we win them with our B-team and that with a good 20 points. 17 Aug 13:49
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Young and eager to prove they can run with the big boys. Boks to win by more than 2 Puma scores
13 Aug 19:00
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Springboks by 28.
Nothing to worry about.
14 Aug 06:40
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Spring boks 29
14 Aug 11:33
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Who cares what the springbucks do
14 Aug 19:13
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Oh you mean THE WORLD CHAMPIONS! Jealous much :) 14 Aug 22:12
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The Nz supporters are so jealous, cant take it that South Africa is the World Champions and the number 1 ranked team in the world. 17 Aug 13:51
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guys, where are the points for Fantasy?
15 Aug 08:34
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Fred smith, you where spot in, hahahahahaha!!!
15 Aug 10:41
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Hey Brad, I will take it on the chin.

Argentinia looked like they never got of the plane. They clearly missing Super Rugby as Jaquars and clearly not playing enough rugby. They were nowhere on attack. Not the same team.

But in saying that. Reinach kicking and Fassi aerial game was spot on.

Well Done Bokke
16 Aug 14:09
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Fred, well said!!! The boks clearly didnt play the perfect game as there is alot of room for improvement!!!! New zealand rugby has woken up and they are eager for the boks. New backline for this weekend in the springbok team. Pumas needs more gametime to get their team spark back. Good rugby still ahead. 18 Aug 07:21
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I did pretty average with my Fantasy but I think many won't have 15 starters next round, as it's just SA v Arg and lots of changes by both teams...I hope? Even with my forward planning I'll need all 10 of my transfers to have flexibility. Should make things interesting. What was I thinking with Banks instead of Fassi?!
18 Aug 12:28
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18 Aug 16:23