New Zealand vs South Africa: The Kiwis are predicted to remain undefeated in season 2018

New Zealand vs South Africa: All Blacks red-hot favourites to tame Springboks
New Zealand vs South Africa Preview & Betting Tips
The All Blacks have won their last 6 consecutive matches against South Africa (Getty Images)

New Zealand vs South Africa Preview & Betting Tips 

The All Blacks are set to take on the Springboks at Westpac Stadium in Wellington in round four of the Rugby Championship. The Kiwis welcome back a host of stars and are tipped to be too strong for the Rassie Erasmus coached side.

New Zealand

The All Blacks were untroubled last week against Argentina, rolling out their B-Team to smash the Los Pumas 46-24. 

World player of the year Beauden Barrett is tipped to return to the All Blacks side. Barrett has been at the heart of New Zealand’s attack with five tries and eight try assists across the opening two games against Australia. 

The All Blacks will look to catch the South African’s on the counter attack and the ball will go wide early to Ben Smith and Waisake Naholo. South Africa were vulnerable around the ruck and there will be easy points on offer for a home side that has been beaten three times in the last 18 years in Wellington.
South Africa

South Africa were able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory last week against the Wallabies, losing 23-18. The Springboks struggled to motivate their forward pack against an Australian side low on confidence and missing a host of key personnel.

The South Africans were pedestrian in attack and gifted Australia a try from a poor line-out throw, that ultimately decided the match. The Springbocks were beaten 57-0 on their last visit to New Zealand in 2017 and a similar scoreline could be on the cards if they are unable to lift their intensity.

New Zealand have won 11 of the last 12 Test Matches against South Africa. New Zealand last played South Africa in Cape Town to record a 25-24 win. 

The Springboks were thrashed 57-0 in their last visit to New Zealand’s shores in September 2017.

Match Up

Beauden Barrett is tipped to be restored to the starting line-up for the All Blacks after scoring 5 tries in his opening two matches. The home side will have no issues scoring quick points on the counter-attack and I’m predicting Barrett to cross the line for a double.

Key Statistics 

  • New Zealand have won 11 of the last 12 matches against South Africa.
  • New Zealand have lost 3 times in 18 years, playing at Westpac Stadium.
  • New Zealand have scored 40+ points in their last 2 matches in the Rugby Championship
  • South Africa have lost 8 consecutive matches in New Zealand, not reaching 20-points since 2009.
  • South Africa will be attempting their 3rd straight defeat for the first time since 2016.

The All Blacks have beaten South Africa by an average of 23 points in their last five outings, and I’m confidently backing the home side to have no issues in beating a line set at 22.5 points.

Best Bet: New Zealand -22.5 Handicap @ 1.90
First Tryscorer: Beauden Barrett @ 12.00
Anytime Tryscorer: Beauden Barrett @ 2.40
Dan Gardner 21 September 2018

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