Weekend teams and predictions

Rugby Champs is back! Dagg is back at 15 for the AB’s who take on the might of the Bajada. Steyn is back at 10 for the Boks who take on the might of Folau. Catch the teams, times, odds, refs, weather and predictions!

Tank Lanning

It will be 13 degrees in Napier with a 40% chance of rain. Not quite the hail experienced in Pretoria, but the Pumas won’t mind a bit of rough weather to equal the playing fields a little. The All Blacks should have enough composure to handle the spoiling tactics, though, and then too much out wide for the Pumas to live with. 99.7% of SuperBru say AB’s to win while the bookies will only give you 1/42 on an AB win, and they are no doubt on the money. So while the result might be a bit of a forgone conclusion, how the likes of Owen Franks, Dane Coles, and Wyatt Crockett go against the mighty Bajada is not. That first scrum of the game in Napier is the thing I am most looking forward to this weekend. If the AB’s contain it, the Boks know they are in a world of hurt, but if the AB’s also take a pasting, the Boks will take a little solace in knowing they are not alone!

In Perth I reckon it will be tighter than a grasshopper’s hamstring! SuperBru says Boks by 1 (perhaps fuelled by overzealous Saffers), while the Bookies have the Aussies by a mosquito’s ball hair. Given the shorter flight, the amount of Safers in Perth, and provided they can gain some sort of ascendancy up front, I think the Boks will sneak it. It’s bloody difficult to play rugby while being hammered in the scrums, and the Boks survived that against the Bajada. Messrs Kepu and Slipper will be at the fore of a pack nothing like the Puma beast, and with our Beast no doubt determined to polish a bruised ego, together with the return of Matfield, I think the Bok pack will go OK. That forward based Aussie bench is a concern, though. On come James Horwill, Scott Higginbotham, and Matt Hodgson (who was simply sensational in Super Rugby), while the Boks get Lead foot Lood and newboy Whiteley. That breakdown battle is going to be a huge factor. The Boks start with 2 fetchers to take on Hooper, while the Aussies have loaded the bench with loosies to keep up the attack on the ground for the full 80. Expect some blood and broken fingers!

The nitty gritty:

Saturday, September 06

09:35 – New Zealand vs Argentina, McLean Park, Napier

Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)

AR’s: Jérôme Garcès (France), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)

TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

Weather: 13 degrees with 40% chance of rain

Prediction: NEW ZEALAND to beat Argentina by 14

SuperBru Community: NEW ZEALAND (99.7%) to beat Argentina by 20

OddsChecker: NEW ZEALAND (1/42) to beat Argentina (20/1)

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Bench: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Joe Moody, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Sam Cane, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Colin Slade, 23 Malaki Fekitoa

Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Juan Martin Hernandez, 11 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Mariano Galarza, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Marcos Ayerza

Bench: 16 Matias Cortese, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Rodrigo Baez, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Juan Imhoff


12:05 – Australia vs South Africa, Patersons Stadium, Perth

Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

AR’s: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Mike Fraser (New Zealand)

TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Weather: 19 degrees with 90% chance of rain

Prediction: SOUTH AFRICA to beat Australia by 7

SuperBru Community: SOUTH AFRICA (63.8%) to beat Australia by 1

OddsChecker: AUSTRALIA (8/11) to beat South Africa (11/8)

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Wycliff Palu, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper

Bench: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 James Horwill, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Matt Hodgson, 22 Nic White, 23 Kurtley Beale

South Africa: 15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Tendai Mtawarira.

Bench: 16 Bismarck du Plessis, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Warren Whiteley, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Damian de Allende


  1. Tank, maybe you can help me, how will the semi finals for this year’s currie cup be decided, is it the same 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3 as usually or will it be decided on section x,y say top of section x vs 2 of section y?

    1. Hi Johann. The have a double round against teams in their same section, then a single round against the other section, and then top 4 decided by the single overall log. 1v4, 2v3.

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