Wallabies coach’s job on the line as the Australian Outfit host the Springboks. After succumbing to consecutive defeats against the All Blacks, Pressure has mounted on head coach Michael Cheika to foresee an upturn in fortunes as the Wallabies make preparation for the Rugby World cup that will take place in 2019.
Australia will face the Springboks for the 3rd round’s matchup in this year’s Rugby Championship. Here in the South Africa vs Australia Rugby Predictions of the 2018 Rugby Championship round 3 matchups, we will try to focus on the pros and cons of the game in a nutshell.
Springboks at Wallabies TRC Round 3 Schedule
South Africa vs Australia Rugby showdown will occur at the Australia Wallabies turf for the 87th time in this year’s Rugby Championship. Check out the schedule for this Saturday game.
- Teams: Springboks vs Wallabies Rugby Live Watch
- Date: Saturday 08th Sep. 2018
- Kickoff: 20:05 (Local), 10:05 (GMT)
- Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Australia
- TV: Sky Sports
- Referee: Glen Jackson from New Zealand
- Assistant Referees: John Lacey (Ireland), Paul Williams (New Zealand)
- TV Match Official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)
How Springboks and Wallabies TRC 2018 Going on So far?
To move on with South Africa vs Australia Rugby Predictions it needs to analyze both teams condition in this tournament so far with a view to figuring out their strength.
Australia is the only side to have lifted the Rugby Championship’s top prize (Springboks won on 1 occasion with the remaining 5 being won by the All Blacks). They come into this game on the back of two-leg 13-38 and 40-12 defeats to the New Zealand outfits.
As a result of the defeats, Wallabies were unable to win the Bledisloe Cup for the second year running. In the most recent of the two games, Australia suffered a heavy defeat to the All Blacks who battered them to submission. However, there were signs of improvement for the Wallabies with reference to the round one matchup against the same opponent.
South African Springboks
South Africa come into this game having won 34-21 at home vs the Pumas before succumbing to a shock comeback 32-19 defeat to the Argentinian side away from home. The Springboks will look to find the right balance for their loose forwards when they play in this 1st of the two head to head meetings between the two sides. Good chemistry between their loosies will enable them to protect their ball, play at pace and put more effort up front as this proved to be their major pitfall last time out.
How Do the Teams’ Stats Compare?
Both teams have played 2 games each. South Africa have won one and lost one while Australia has lost both of its games. To predict the Saturday game between Australia and South Africa Rugby, it’s important to see the team comparison.
- Tries – 3
- Points Scored – 25
- Carries – 269
- Offloads – 19
- Passes – 348
- Tackles – 265
- Tackles Missed – 80
- Tackle Success- 77%
- Set Pieces & Phases Rucks success – 98%
- Scrums Success- 89%
- Lineouts Success- 64%
South Africa Rugby
- Tries – 9
- Points Scored – 53
- Carries – 311
- Offloads – 35
- Passes – 374
- Tackles – 237
- Tackles Missed – 50
- Tackle Success- 83%
- Set Pieces & Phases Rucks success – 96%
- Scrums Success- 80%
- Lineouts Success- 84%
Wallabies Rugby Line up Against Springbok
“Michael Cheika has recalled recent Wallabies debutants Caleb Timu and Brandon Paenga-Amosa to his 31-man squad for Tests against South Africa”.
— Qantas Wallabies (@qantaswallabies) September 2, 2018
Jermaine Ainsley, Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold, Tom Banks, Kurtley Bealey, Adam Coleman, Folau Faingaa, Israel Folau, Bernard Foley, Will Genia, Ned Hanigan, Dane Haylett-Petty, Reece Hodge, Michael Hooper, Sekope Kepu, Marika Koroipete, Tolu Latu, Lukan L. Tui, Jack Maddocks, Bill Meaks, Sefanaia Naivalu, Joe Powell, Rob Simmons, Pete Samu, Curtis Rona, Izack Rodda, Tom Robertson, Scott Sio, Taniela Tupou, Matt Toomua, Caleb Timu, Jordan Petaia, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Takaful P. Nau, Brandon Paenga-Amosa.
Springbok Rugby Line Up vs Wallabies in TRC Round 3
Springboks’ Head Coach Rassie Erasmus said, “there’s no room for experiments and will field a strong side against the Wallabies on Sep. 8”.
Six players were added to the Bok squad that returned on Tuesday from Argentina. They are the 24-year-old Kolbe, Jesse Kriel and Damian de Allende (both centres), Ross Cronje (scrumhalf), Schalk Brits (hooker) and Sikhumbuzo Notshe (loose forward). pic.twitter.com/LYUfjoFnee
— South African Rugby (@Springboks) August 31, 2018
Lunkhanayo Am, Cyle Brink, Ross Cronje, Faf de Klerk, Jean-Luc Du Preez, Thomas Du Toit, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Aphiwe Dyantyi, Andre Esterhuizen, Eben Etzebeth, Elton Jantjies, Steven Kitshoff, Siya Kolisi, Jesse Kriel, Willie Le Roux, Francois Louw, Wilco Louw, Frans Malherbe, Makazole Mapimpi, Lionel Mapoe, Malcolm Marx, Bongi Mbonambi, Franco Mostert, Tendai Mtawarira, Lwazi Mvovo, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Marvin Orie, Embrose Papier, Handre Pollard, RG Snyman, Armand Van der Merwe, Marco Van Staden, Ivan Van Zyl, Warren Whiteley, and Damian Willemse.
Key Players of the Saturday Game
David Pocock was impressive in the loss to the All Blacks with a good number of turnovers. Coming into this game, he will look to inspire the Wallabies as they look to win their first point in this year’s edition.
Aphiwe Dyantyi has been impressive in this tournament so far. He has two tries from the first game and will look to maintain his good form when they face the Wallabies on September 8.
Springboks vs Wallabies Head to Head
Wallabies have lost 2 out of 2 games in this tournament while Springboks have won 1 and lost 1.Wallabies have 1 win from the 5 matches they played in 2018. Springboks have 3 wins out of 6 matches they played in 2018. These teams have met 16 times in the Rugby Championship. Australia has won 8 against the 6 won by South Africa with 2 ending in a stalemate. Moreover, they both overall played 86 games before this Saturday.
South Africa vs Australia Rugby Predictions for this Saturday
Wallabies have won 6/8 matches played at home against the Springboks. Australia to win by less than 7 points Australia 25-21, South Africa.
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