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The 2021 Rugby Championship: Round 5 Predictions

A sea of green arrows welcomed me back to the Rugby Championship Predictor today, after Quade Cooper’s heroics to deliver a Wallabies win last weekend. Can they do it again?

Here are my Rugby Championship predictions for Round 5.

Australia v South Africa

That defeat to the Wallabies will have stung last weekend, and I think the Springboks will learn more in defeat than they might have done had Cooper missed that kick at the end. Any complacency will have been wiped away, Handre Pollard is unlikely to be so profligate from the tee, and if Rassie makes another video, more of the referee decisions should go the Boks’ way. Prediction: South Africa by 6

Argentina v New Zealand

The Pumas have a chance here, because the All Blacks have picked a second-string team. Usually they can make several changes without it really affecting the overall quality, but most of the first-choice side are being rested for the Springbok match, and it does look decidedly second-string. Unfortunately for Argentina, who have selected a winger to play fly-half, it will still be enough to beat them easily. Prediction: New Zealand by 21

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Yes I agree. I think the world chumps will probably sneak it over Australia by 1 to 3 points and a 2nd string ABS will probably struggle at first but end winning by 18 to 25 points and well next week the A team over Bokkes by at least 20
17 Sep 09:42
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Our boys needed the opportunity to see where they can improve in their over all game:-) glad you're backing our bokkies this week
Good call last week????Thanx Hutch
17 Sep 15:08
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i disagree. Australia to win by at least 15 points and NZ by at least 30
17 Sep 16:09
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Boks by 13 and NZ by 31. Imagine calling people like Will, George, Damian and Ricko second string. Seriously.
18 Sep 06:35
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You got that James!!!
There are NO Second String AB's, they are all as devastating as each other.
There are even players who Do Not make it to the AB Pack who are just as good!
They get brassed off and go to play in Japan and Europe and show their Wares. 21 Sep 07:41