N.Zealand v S.Africa Rugby Championship Preview

Out of the last four Rugby Championship matches between New Zealand’s All Blacks
and South Africa’s Springboks the New Zealanders have won four and lost one.

Going further back out of the last ten matches between the two nations the
All Blacks have won 8 and the Springboks two.

In 2009 South Africa beat the All Blacks three times but since then they have
only beaten the New Zealanders once and when they did it was in 2011 and the
All Blacks fielded a second string team as preparation for the World Cup in
Port Elizabeth.

Overall New Zealand have played South Africa 87 times and the All Blacks have
won 50 matches and lost 34 matches. There have been three draws between the
nations.

That gives the All Blacks a record of winning 58% of their matches against
the Springboks. The average score when the All Blacks play the Springboks is
: New Zealand 19 South Africa 16.

This weekend the match between the teams will be played in Wellington New Zealand.
The All Blacks have played the Springboks 40 times in New Zealand and they have
won 29 matches, lost 9 matches and drawn twice.

That gives the All Blacks a record of winning 73% of their matches against
the Springboks on New Zealand soil. The All Blacks have played South Africa
five times in Wellington and all five matches have been won by the home side.

The average score when New Zealand play South Africa in Wellington is New Zealand
33 South Africa 14 with a record of winning 100% of the matches.

South Africa have not won in New Zealand since 2009. Since that loss New Zealand
have won their last 35 matches on home soil.

In terms of form New Zealand are the only team who have yet to lose in the
Rugby Championship after South Africa lost to Australia last week. A victory
on Saturday will cement the All Blacks place on top of the Rugby Championship
standings as they will lead their closest rivals by at least five points.

South Africa did not have strong form in their opening two matches but improved
greatly last week. However despite having a hugely experienced team they were
unable to hold off Australia’s late charge and lost by one point.

New Zealand recovered from their opening draw with a big win over Australia.
Last week they beat Argentina with a bonus point and are the only team so far
to have won bonus points for scoring four tries.

In terms of selection South Africa have made the surprise selection of naming
young rookie Handre Pollard to start the match with Morne Steyn dropping out
of the match squad altogether.

New Zealand have also made a change at 10 by bringing in Aaron Cruden who is
the second choice 10 behind Dan Carter who is injured.

Sam Whitelock and Liam Messam have been replaced by Jeremy Thrush and Steven
Luatua as the only other All Black changes.

The Bookies
have given South Africa a 9 point start for this Match
– with
an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet.
New Zealand remain
the form team in World Rugby and their home advantage and record is too strong
to ignore. New Zealand should win this by 10.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in
the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD.

Average score:New Zealand 19 South Africa 16

Last five results
05 Oct 2013 NZL v SAF 38-27 Ellis Park, Johannesburg
14 Sep 2013 NZL v SAF 29-15 Eden Park, Auckland
06 Oct 2012 NZL v SAF 32-16 Soweto, Johannesburg
15 Sep 2012 NZL v SAF 21-11 Otago Stadium, Dunedin
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