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South Africa favourites against Australia
Boks need a pick-me-up following late All blacks loss
Posted Aug 27, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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The big game of the weekend pits South Africa against Australia in the Tri-Nations with both teams looking to improve results and not finish bottom of the pile.
Springbok coach Peter de Villiers is well aware of the danger the Wallabies pose for the game in Pretoria this weekend. The Boks are coming off the back of a demoralising late defeat to the All Blacks and the coach knows his side won’t be in for the same kind of physical test this weekend.
De Villiers in under intense pressure to turn around his struggling side’s results who, as defending champions, sit rock bottom of the table after securing just one bonus point in this year’s campaign following three defeat to the Kiwis and one to the Wallabies. This leaves de Villiers just one defeat away from equalling the record of his predecessor, Jake White.
You can get odds of 1/3 for a South African victory or 9/4 for Australia to win. A draw is at 20/1. The Boks are also favourites for the first try with Bryan Habana at 11/1 with JP Pieterson at the same price. Jaque Fourie is at 12/1 with Francois Steyn and Jean de Villiers at 14s. The top Aussie bet is James O’Connor at 14/1 alongside Drew Mitchell.
In England, the Championsip kicks off with Bedford entertaining Plymouth Albion, Moseley hosting Esher and Birmingham & Solihull travelling to Worcester. On Sunday, Bristol host Rotherham Titans, Cornish Pirates play Doncaster and Nottingham welcome London Welsh.
The Welsh league also kicks off whilst there is a full fixture list in the Scottish Premiership too.