Argentina’s win over South Africa caught me out in Round 2, and the Pumas continue to be an unpredictable side. They seemed to be a declining force, but look like a threat again in England’s Rugby World Cup group. An exact pick in the All Blacks match was enough for some green arrows everywhere though.
Here are my picks for Round 3 this weekend.
New Zealand v Argentina
The All Blacks have made several changes, but as per usual, it still looks like a World Cup-winning side. Richie Mo’unga gets a chance at 10, with Ardie Savea in at 7, and I fear for the Pumas – as I do for most sides playing in New Zealand.
New Zealand by 33
Australia v South Africa
Rassie Erasmus has also made a few changes to the Springbok team, notably with Elton Jantjies starting at fly-half, and Malcolm Marx on the bench. The Wallabies have been comfortably second best in their two matches with New Zealand, but they’ll fancy their chances in this one. Israel Folau returns at full-back, and Kurtley Beale moves to 10, where I’d expect him to orchestrate a fast game that the Boks won’t be able to cope with. The bookies have Australia by 5, but I think it might be a few more.
Australia by 13
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