The best picks ahead of this week's Rugby Championship action.
New Zealand v South Africa – Saturday 16th September – 8:35
New Zealand haven’t lost at home in the Rugby Championship since 2009 and are huge favourites to continue this record against South Africa on Saturday morning. However, they are missing their two starting props – Joe Moody & Owen Franks (as well as Charlie Faumuina). South Africa are unbeaten in 2017 and looked much improved against France recently. On top of this, the All-Blacks laboured against the British & Irish Lions in the final 2 Tests over the summer, so South Africa to cover the 18-point handicap looks good.
The Rugby Championship is generally more open and the conditions should allow a free-flowing match. Both New Zealand & South Africa have proved they’re able to rack up high scores, with 54 and 72 points coming in their previous two encounters respectively. The over 57.5 points market looks like a strong bet here.
Australia v Argentina – Saturday 16th September – 11:00
Argentina have lost every match so far in the Rugby Championship, and it would take a brave man to back against the Wallabies here. However, Los Pumas have only lost by an average of 7 points in their last 4 visits to Australia and put in an impressive first-half performance against New Zealand last week (leading 22-15 at one point). So for that reason, Australia to win by 1-12 points looks worth backing at the given price.