Matchday four of the Rugby Championship scheduled for this weekend and New Zealand and South Africa are cornered, called to overturn last weekend’s results so as not to see Argentina and Australia run away dangerously. Especially the All Blacks are forced to win after the sensational internal knockout with Argentina.
The 18-25 knockout left behind in the New Zealand home and with the Pumas running away in the standings for Ian Foster’s team, winning is essential. Even more so if you think about the difficult moment that the All Blacks are going through, too foul on the pitch and with poor leadership. Winning would calm the waters and keep them in the running for the title, while the Pumas dream of an encore that could be worth the championship.
In Australia, on the other hand, the Wallabies are aiming for an encore against South Africa after last week’s 25-17. With 9 points in the standings, Australia is in first place together with Argentina and winning means a decisive stretch on the Springboks and definitively targeting the final victory. South Africa which, on the other hand, is forced to win precisely in order not to see the direct opponents run away and reopen the race for the final victory, but a qualitative leap will be needed compared to a week ago.
THE RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP – FOURTH DAY
Saturday 3rd September
9.05 am: New Zealand-Argentina
11.35 am: Australia-South Africa