New Zealand enter this year’s Rugby Championship as defending champions, but after being beaten by South Africa in the opening match, they are certainly not favorites.
How to watch the games on TV
(Every hour BST)
- South Africa v New Zealand (Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg) 4:05 p.m. on Saturday August 13 – Sky Sports
- Argentina v Australia (Bicentennial Stadium, San Juan) 8.10pm on Saturday August 13 – Sky Sports
- Australia v South Africa (Adelaide Oval, Adelaide) 6.30am on Saturday August 27 – Sky Sports
- New Zealand v Argentina (Orangetheory Stadium, Christchurch) 8.45am on Saturday August 27 – Sky Sports
- New Zealand v Argentina (FMG Stadium Waikato, Hamilton) 8.05am on Saturday September 3 – Sky Sports
- Australia vs South Africa (Allianz Stadium, Sydney) 10.35am on Saturday September 3 – Sky Sports
- Australia vs New Zealand (Marvel Stadium, Melbourne) 10.45am on Thursday 15 September – Sky Sports
- Argentina vs South Africa (Estadio Jose Amalfitani, Buenos Aires) 8:10 p.m. on Saturday September 17 – Sky Sports
- New Zealand vs Australia (Eden Park, Auckland) 8.05am on Saturday September 24 – Sky Sports
- South Africa vs Argentina (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban) 4.05pm on Saturday September 24 – Sky Sports
What are the latest news ?
Argentina will focus more on their abuse in training this week and look to avoid the mistakes that cost them in Saturday’s clash against Australia when they meet again next weekend, said coach Michael Cheika.
The Wallabies maimed two late tries to overturn a 26-17 deficit and win their opener 41-26.
“I think we did really well for the first 50 or 60 minutes and then Australia did a really good job of coming back and attacking us and putting pressure on us. We went a bit individually at the time and we so we were caught off guard,” Cheika said after the loss to the team he used to coach.
“The biggest area was obviously three tries from the maul, so that’s something we really want to fix. It’s not acceptable.
“We see it as a frontline of our team, and it was really disappointing as a team and it’s something we need to work on and transfer into the game,” he said as attention turns to this Saturday’s meeting in San Juan.
Saturday’s clash in Mendoza proved a see-saw affair before Australia were awarded a penalty try, just after the hour mark, when Argentina illegally tried to stop a driving maul and that Matias Alemanno received a yellow card for adding to their misery.
It proved the turning point and victory was sealed with another try from a driving maul for hooker Folau Fainga’a.
Cheika, who coached the Wallabies from 2014 to 2019, added that poor decision-making at vital times also proved costly.
“We have to work harder now. We must not give up on the goals we have set ourselves and we seek to continue improving our performance,” added the Pumas coach.
When is the final round?
The final will take place on Saturday, September 24. New Zealand host Australia in Auckland, while Argentina travel to Durban to face South Africa.
Last year, New Zealand had already completed the Rugby Championship before the final round, having beaten South Africa 19-17 in the penultimate round. However, the Springboks would beat the All Blacks 31-29 a week later to end their campaign on a high.
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