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Australia vs South Africa Predictions & Tips - Springboks can bounce back from unexpected defeat

  • Australia vs South Africa predictions for Saturday’s Rugby Championship fixture
  • The match is being played at 08:05 BST in Brisbane
  • South Africa have covered the -6 handicap in 2 of their last 3 against the Wallabies
  • Can South Africa rebound from defeat last week?
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South Africa can keep their Rugby Championship hopes alive with victory (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 17 Sep 2021
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Australia vs South Africa Predictions

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.
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  • Australia conceded 3 tries last week and scored just 1.
  • Australia have lost 3 of their last 4 matches by more than 6 points.
  • South Africa have covered the -6 handicap in 2 of their last 3 matches against Australia.
  • South Africa have covered the -6 handicap in 4 of their last 7 matches.

Head to Head

South Africa lead 3-2 in their last seven matches against Australia along with two draws. Last week Australia kicked a last minute penalty to win 28-26 at the Cbus Stadium.

Australia Form

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 Quade 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.

Australia Injuries & Team News

Quade Cooper has retained his place after an inspired return to the Australian side last weekend. There is a change at halfback though as Nic White comes in for Tate McDermott.

James Slipper also comes into the starting lineup after an impressive showing off the bench last weekend.

South Africa Form

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.

South Africa Injuries & Team News

The Springboks have made two changes to their starting lineup. Lood de Jager will miss the clash due to concussion which means Marvin Orrie makes his second Test start.

In the front-row, Trevor Nyakane comes in for Steven Kitzhoff who drops to the bench. Head coach Jacques Nienaber has stuck with his 6-2 split on the bench.

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South Africa should be much better this week compared to last weekend. I am backing them to cover the -6 handicap in Brisbane.

Best Bet: South Africa -6 Handicap $1.87 at Ladbrokes Australia - 5 Units

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