The Springboks gets a chance to bounce back from the 57-0 beating suffered at the hands of the All Blacks when they host the Wallabies in Bloemfontein this weekend.
The sides played in Perth 3 weeks ago and the final result was a 23-23 draw. On the one hand South Africa as visitors would have taken some positives from the game but on the other hand they had their chances to win the match and failed to take them.
In any event their mindset heading into this clash will be critical. Just how bad are the wounds from the All Blacks defeat and have they been able to move on from what was one of the low points in Bok history?
Bookmakers seem to think they will and they have been priced up as 7.5 point favourites over the Wallabies who had to come from behind to beat Argentina with an impressive second half display. Australian rugby is not exactly in a great space either and this looks a dangerous game for punters to get involved in.
If forced to bet I would probably side with Australia to beat the handicap and finish within 8 points of the Boks or perhaps even win the game. I have been quite impressed with them at stages in this Rugby Championship and with their deadly backline they should be suited by conditions in Bloemfontein.
I will keep my powder dry for now though and will wait for the points lines to come up. If conditions are good I will betting on a high scoring game.
There is plenty of rugby action this weekend and the Griquas v Cheetahs Currie Cup game is an interesting one. I thought the Griquas would start firm favourites against what is basically a 2nd string Cheetahs side as the big boys are involved in the Pro 14. In fact it is the Cheetahs that are slight favourites and while I acknowledge that my -12.5 Griquas prediction is probably well off, I still feel there could be value in backing the home team who will be at full strength for this derby game.
The Griquas actually beat a much stronger Cheetahs side 30-25 away earlier in the season and I am going to back them to do the double over their neighbours at odds of 12/10 in what is my best bet of the weekend.
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This article was written for the CitiGaming supplement of the Citizen Newspaper and was published on the 28th of September 2017.