Rugby Championship Round 3 Betting Tips

Published: 05.09.2018

Australia v South Africa Betting Tips

There’s a whole lot of pride to play for when Australia host South Africa at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday evening.

Both the Wallabies and the Springboks have spent the last couple of weeks licking their wounds after big defeats but if either side is able to take a positive mindset with them to Brisbane they could see this as a great opportunity to turn things around.

Rugby Australia moved quickly after the Bledislow Cup disappointment to end speculation about Michael Cheika’s position. They made it clear that he retains the support of the Rugby Australia board and that everybody is committed to helping him bridge the gap to the All Blacks.

That is one of the biggest challenges in international rugby but the bookies are more confident about Australia’s chances of beating South Africa. The hosts are a best price of $1.53 with bet365 to get back to winning ways on Saturday but they must know they’ll be facing a fired up Springboks team.

Rassie Erasmus has been glad of the recent two week break after claiming he was ashamed by the loss in Argentina. He’s been able to work with his players on the specific problems that reared their head in Mendoza so Australia should be expecting a much improved performance from the Springboks.

We think the bookies are right to make Australia the favourites for this match but don’t believe it will be quite as easy as the odds suggest. In fact, we think this could be a real classic which leads us to a couple of Rugby Championship betting tips.

The first is on Australia to win by between 1-12 points at $2.42 with Palmerbet. Second, as we expect South Africa to lay down a challenge early doors, the it could be worth betting on the visitors scoring first but losing the match at $3.65 with Bet365.

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New Zealand v Argentina Betting Tips

The All Blacks are breaking new ground this weekend. Their match against Argentina is the first Test New Zealand have played in Nelson and although the bookies’ odds suggest that it’s going to be a walkover, none of the All Blacks players will be taking Argentina lightly.

The Pumas hoped that becoming the fourth team in the Rugby Championship would help them take big strides forward and things are certainly looking up under new coach, Mario Ledesma.

Argentina secured their biggest win so far in the Rugby Championship two weekends ago when an incredibly strong first half performance propelled them to a 32-19 win.

Ledesma’s coaching has seen Argentina improve in many areas but specifically set-pieces. Ledesma knows that when the game restarts his team have more control over affairs and the Pumas should be very competitive at scrums and lineouts even against the power of the All Blacks.

It’s just every other element of play where they will find life tough.

New Zealand secured the Bledisloe Cup with what turned into a fairly routine win over Australia last time out and should have few problems following that up with another win against Argentina. Steve Hansen won’t allow a hint of complacency from his players and will ensure they know exactly what to expect from Argentina.

From a betting perspective there is little point backing the All Blacks at $1.03 so we’re going to have to be a little more creative.

With the All Blacks keen for a fast start it’s worth backing the home side to score first and win at $1.38 with Unibet. In the handicap market we like the look of the $1.91 that TopBetta are quoting on New Zealand -27.5 points.

Rugby Championship Round 3 Top Betting Tips

New Zealand to score first and beat Argentina at $1.38 with Unibet

New Zealand -27.5 points at $1.91 with TopBetta

Australia to beat South Africa by between 1-12 points at $2.42 with Palmerbet

South Africa to score first against Australia and lose at $3.65 with Bet365

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