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The Rugby Championship 2022: Round 1 Predictions

The opening round of the Rugby Championship should be fascinating, particularly the first match with the besieged All Blacks taking on the Springboks in Nelspruit.

Here are my Rugby Championship predictions for Round 1.

South Africa v New Zealand

The All Blacks were beaten by an outstanding Ireland team, but they looked decidedly ordinary and short of ideas and are now under huge pressure to perform. Ireland's game is similar to South Africa, with a brutal defence, clinical kicking game and a ruthless efficiency across the park, and it's not what New Zealand need to restore their confidence. I think this will be a home win and more misery for the visitors. South Africa by 6

Argentina v Australia

This is a tricky pick, and the Pumas' record against the Wallabies is relatively poor - they have just 1 win and 2 draws in the last 13 matches home and away. Australia have a few injury issues, but still look like the stronger squad on paper. Australia by 8

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Agree with your predictions
The word here in NZ is if ABs lose in SA the NZRFZU are expecting Foster to hand in his resignation. No pressure Fozzie!!!
5 Aug 09:19
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May The All Blacks prove everyone wrong and win.
5 Aug 10:11
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New Zealand to bounce back. I hope.
5 Aug 10:29
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Hello Hutch whats your pool code I like to join. Thanks
5 Aug 12:04
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The ABs don't often lose three in a row. And the Boks stumbled past a Welsh team that lost to Italy. The Boks will be brought down to earth. I'm a Bok fan by the way.
5 Aug 12:32
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I agree 100 % with you. 5 Aug 15:36
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Hahahahahahahah...... 8 Aug 08:42
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Hahaha never were words eaten as much as now:)
8 Aug 08:51
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Total rugby don't allow me in?
5 Aug 13:11
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New Zealand to bounce back and will win by more than 10.
5 Aug 15:37
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I think both games will be close, but going with the Bokke and Ausies for the win. Go Boys!!!
5 Aug 15:47
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Going with Boks by 5 and Pumas with the same margin for an upset. They need to cancel out the Quade Cooper factor then live would be alot easier
5 Aug 17:17
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Could be a great time to steal a march and pick a DRAW?! Honours even but Foster still on his bike...
5 Aug 19:01
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Bok befok
6 Aug 02:45
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Jp klark
6 Aug 02:46
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Don't understand why these AB supporters think they're gonna win. Boks may have lost to Wales who lost to Italy but a week later the put on 16 points on the Welsh so won't be surprised if the Boks win. Go Bokke????????!!
6 Aug 07:37
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Well done too Boks :) 6 Aug 18:38
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Never right off the All blacks. This will be a contest! I'm a bok fan and these two teams when standing face to face never disappoint ??
6 Aug 09:36
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AB's make a noise with their complaining :-)
Bokke aren't fooled by their wet nappy antiks. so they're going to kick ass and thats that. we live in a country where its shoot first and ask questions later. Our boys need this win ????
6 Aug 11:42
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Even the Haka was not up to standard
6 Aug 18:00
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Yes I agree that was probably the worst haka I've seen. Time for Foster to go job hunting! 7 Aug 07:09
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If the all blacks dont win this weekend
7 Aug 16:37
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He going to get fired and Scott Robinson will take over
7 Aug 16:38
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It was apparently the biggest margin of loss to the boks in 94 years. I quite like Scottie he would be a great choice. 8 Aug 07:03
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