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The Rugby Championship Round 6 Predictions!

Last weekend's matches were slightly more predictable than Round 4, with 95% and 93% on Superbru correctly picking the wins for South Africa and New Zealand.

The All Blacks wrapped up The Rugby Championship, but face a stern test in Pretoria this weekend, whilst Australia travel to Argentina looking to avoid the wooden spoon.

Here are my Rugby Championship predictions for the final round.

South Africa v New Zealand

How great will it be for Rugby if this becomes are more evenly-matched rivalry? I really feel like the Springboks' win in Wellington was a shot in the arm for Rugby, a demonstration a year out from the Rugby World Cup that the unbeatable All Blacks can be beaten, and it is worth turning up.

History tells us that you very rarely beat New Zealand twice in a row, with South Africa last managing to do so back in 2009. However, history also tells us that you very rarely beat New Zealand at all, so there's probably not much use in looking back.

Instead, we can look forward to a great occasion at Loftus Versfeld, where the All Blacks will be desperate for revenge. The hosts will likely need another outstanding defensive display, dominating collisions with relentless line speed, along with plenty more of the luck that came their way. They'll need to take every chance, and hope that the opposition is as generous with mistakes, and as profligate with their own scoring opportunities, for it is clear that you need a bit of luck to beat New Zealand.

The All Blacks hate to lose and a defeat here is unthinkable for their fans, players and coaches alike. I suggest they will have learnt more from their shortcomings in Wellington than they would have done had they crossed for a try in the dying minutes, as usual. If the same scenario plays out this weekend, will we see them looking for a dropped goal? Another off day seems unlikely, but the travel factor and altitude is a factor, and I think they have more to lose than South Africa - and every team has shown that mistakes can arise when pressure is applied.

Hopefully it will be another tight game, and I'm picking the hosts mostly with my heart because it's boring when New Zealand always win, and it's boring to keep predicting their dominance.

South Africa by 2

Argentina v Australia

This game has a similar context, with the Wallabies looking to avenge defeat in the reverse fixture, and the hosts seeking to back up that win to prove that it wasn't a fluke. There is also the wooden spoon to consider, with the Pumas keen to avoid the dubious honour for only the second time since they joined the competition. Australia has never finished bottom of the log since expansion in 2012.

I have found Argentina's games very difficult to predict, but I think they'll have more motivation to win this one than the out-of-sorts Australians that have lost 8 of their last 10 Test matches.

Argentina by 6

What do you make of these picks? Let us know your own final predictions for this year's Rugby Championship in the comments!
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Hey Hutch. Are you going for the Boks over NZ in a last gasp effort to move up into Honours range in your pools & globally? I think many will follow suit. Why not back the Wallies to beat the Poo-mas in Salta while you are at it? The Argies have mounting injuries too. Will Delguy play for example? You can't fly without 2 wings!

Oh and Is it just me but do other Brus get Loftus Versfeld confused with its near anagram of Velez Sarsfeld?
4 Oct 17:55
Newzealand over boks and pumas
4 Oct 17:59
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As much as we all would like to think that we have a fighting chance over NZ, I really think the script is set for a competitive game for 60 mins, then NZ to run away in the last quarter. If the Boks are up for the full 80 it might be perhaps a 10 point loss, if not it could get ugly - perhaps 30 points or more. (i'll go 20 points NZ).
The Aussies are really in the doldrums (still don't know why we couldn't beat them in Aus). I reckon this is Checka's last game in charge and I also think the Pumas will be up for the double to avoid the wooden spoon. Expecting a grinding game with few highlights, but Pumas by 6
4 Oct 18:10
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All blacks by 30
4 Oct 20:27
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S.Africa 32-Newzeland 18.
4 Oct 20:53
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Argentina 18-Newzeland 32
4 Oct 20:56
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NZ to steal it at the end. NZ by 5. Argentina to put more pressure on Cheika. Arg to run away with it from the start and Aus to have a fightback but cant get that last pass away (Folua). Arg by 13.
5 Oct 04:16
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Same picks by the pumas but NZ will revege back from 3 weeks ago
5 Oct 04:50
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I would like us (SA) to win, but I get the feeling NZ will be too good this time around. Can the Aussies be back? I doubt that also
5 Oct 08:18
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Like to see SA win by 5 picked Dyantyl for my Capt, here's hoping.
Pumas by 7, Moyano to star. 6 Oct 15:10
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Its been 48 years since the Bok's beat NZ at 'Fortress Loftus" the only 4 meetings there since were won easily by the All Blacks. Probably the most dangerous thing after 'A Woman Scorned" is a wounded All Black Outfit. Therefore I predict a dominant NZ win by 17 and can also see Australia fighting back and finally catching the passes to win by 9.
5 Oct 12:54
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Big Mistake taking Malcolm Marx off, Shame! Next Time.
Good on Ardie Savea for the last try, quality player.
6 Oct 17:18
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Haha, Dreamers, All Blacks all the way and Australia to show some balls finally 8 Oct 04:18
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