Rugby Championship Round 6 Betting Tips and Predictions
It’s been another action packed couple of months in the Rugby Championship.
There is still plenty of pride to play for as the four teams start thinking about their preparations for the Rugby World Cup. There is also great opportunity for punters which is why we’ve picked our three Rugby Championship betting tips below.
Argentina v Australia Betting Tips
Australia’s 23-12 loss to South Africa last weekend increased the pressure even further on Rugby Australia to make the tough decision and replaced Michael Cheika as the Wallabies’ head coach.
Although Rugby Australia CEO, Raelene Castle, reaffirmed their commitment to Cheika all the way through the World Cup in Japan, some pundits believe that defeat in Argentina on Saturday would prompt the 51-year-old to fall on his sword.
In some ways, Cheika is a victim of his own success. The speed with which he improved the Wallabies after taking the top job 2014 shows that there should be no fear about a new manager coming in this soon before the World Cup so this really is a massive match for the future of Australian rugby.
It’s also a very important match for Argentina. Their charismatic head coach, Mario Ledesma, has been telling anybody who will listen that his team are a match for the best teams in the world even though they were comfortably beaten by New Zealand last weekend.
Argentina’s participation in the Rugby Championship has undoubtedly made them a better side. The Pumas proved that when beating Australia at Robina Stadium earlier in the Rugby Championship and we think they’ll secure a repeat result so recommend backing Argentina to win at $1.80 with Pointsbet.
The Australian players will know all about the pressure on their manager. You’d love to think that they will come out fighting for him and some players have suggested that they’re confident of winning Saturday’s match but will the players remain motivated if they get off to a slow start?
We’re worried that Cheika’s time as Wallabies head coach will end with a whimper so it could be worth betting on Argentina winning by 13 or more points at $4.10 with TopBetta.
South Africa v New Zealand Betting Tips
New Zealand wrapped up the 2018 Rugby Championship with their 17-35 win over Argentina last weekend. That reasserted the All Blacks’ dominance in this tournament but their position as the number one ranked team in the world is coming under serious pressure from Ireland.
Steve Hansen’s team will remain on top of the world rankings whatever happens against South Africa in Pretoria but a big defeat could see their lead over Ireland cut down considerably.
Any international rugby player will tell you that world rankings don’t mean anything compared to winning Test matches and trophies but Hansen will be happy for all the motivational tricks he can muster as he tries to build momentum heading into next year’s Rugby World Cup.
Momentum is also the top priority for South African head coach, Rassie Erasmus. While South African rugby fans were celebrating last weekend’s 23-12 win over Australia, Erasmus made it clear that he was unhappy that the Springboks struggled to take their chances as they should have won by a much bigger margin.
Not winning by a big enough margin is very nice problem for Erasmus to have. This, after all, is the Springboks team who lost to consecutive matches to Argentina and Australia.
Is there a danger that Erasmus is setting expectations too high?
New Zealand will certainly hope so as they look to avenge their narrow defeat against South Africa three weeks ago. The All Blacks came agonisingly close to turning that match around and will be desperate to ensure they don’t leave themselves with too much work to do late on at Loftus Versfeld Stadium.
We’re expecting the All Blacks to come out fighting. We also think they’ll prove too good for South Africa this time around so recommend betting on the New Zealand/New Zealand selection in bet365’s half time/full time market at $1.55.
Rugby Championship Round 6 Top Betting Tips
New Zealand/New Zealand in half time/full time at $1.55 with bet365.
Argentina to beat Australia at $1.80 with Pointsbet
Argentina to beat Australia by 13+ points at $4.10 with TopBetta
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