Midweek appointment for the fifth and penultimate round of the Rugby Championship, with the challenges spread between Thursday and Saturday and four teams enclosed in a single point. Everything, therefore, still to be decided and Wallabies and Pumas focus on the field factor to attempt the decisive draw.
It starts, in fact, on Thursday at the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, where Australia hosts New Zealand in a challenge that promises a show. The All Blacks are currently top in the standings with 10 points, one more than the three pursuers, but Ian Foster’s team has not yet been able to convince, they have suffered a couple of sensational knockouts and Sam Cane and teammates need a super performance to conquer Melbourne and take pole position for the title.
In contrast, however, Australia is a team under construction, with Dave Rennie who is still looking for the square of a team that is going in flames, between ups and downs. Surely the home factor can be an important help for the Wallabies who will have to start immediately strong to gain confidence, instill doubts in the opponents and stretch to avoid taking risks.
On Saturday, however, Argentina hosts South Africa at the Estadio Libertadores de América in Avellaneda in a match that promises to be very physical. Both teams are tied to nine points and whoever wins takes an important step towards the title, while whoever loses risks being mathematically out of the race. Two teams so far convincing, but not yet able to make that leap in quality that will also be needed for next year’s World Cup.CopyAMP code.