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Australia vs South Africa Rugby Championship Tips - Springboks expected to bounce back
- Round 4 fixture will take place at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday (08:05 BST)
- Australia upset South Africa 28-26 at Cbus Stadium last week to pick up their first win
The Springboks are determined to avenge last week's defeat to the Wallabies. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
South Africa were well below their usual standards last week and still could easily have won by 10 points.
This week, the world champions will surely be better so I’m backing them to get back on track by covering the -6 handicap.
South Africa have had a good year thus far, beating Georgia before seeing off the British and Irish Lions 2-1 in a three-match series. They began their Rugby Championship campaign with two convincing wins at home against Argentina.
Going into their first Rugby Championship match in Australia, the Springboks were heavy favourites to win. Unfortunately they didn’t pitch up on the day as the Wallabies won 28-26 with a last gasp penalty by Quade Cooper.
The good news for the visitors is that they can only get better. South Africa outscored Australia by three tries to one but ill-discipline cost them dearly as Cooper slotted 23 points with the boot.
On the other end, Handre Pollard missed crucial kicks which all played a role in the Aussies upsetting the odds.
Australia have not had a good season thus far, but last week’s victory over South Africa will give them a huge boost. A 2-1 series win over a second string French outfit prior to the Rugby Championship was rather underwhelming by the Wallabies.
That was followed by three losses to New Zealand, two of which were heavy defeats. They weren’t given much chance to beat the world champions on the weekend but the return of Cooper proved inspired.
The flyhalf scored 23 points with the boot which included a last minute penalty win. What will be concerning is that South Africa were really poor by their standards, and still managed to outscore Australia by three tries to one.
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