Rugby Championship Odds: Wallabies Tipped to Bounce Back Against Springboks

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Published: September 7, 2016

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Australia's set pieces will be put under pressure as the Wallabies look to avoid a seventh straight Test loss when they take on South Africa in Brisbane, Australia, in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

New Zealand exposed severe deficiencies in the Wallabies in its two Bledisloe Cup wins last month as the All Blacks consistently stole the ball from the throw in.

Australia has now won just 69 percent of the ball from their own throws after two rounds of the Rugby Championship, compared with Argentina (91.67 percent), South Africa (91.3 percent) and the All Blacks, who haven't lost a throw.

Despite their problems, Michael Cheika's Wallabies are still tipped as favorites to claim the win in Brisbane.

According to website AustralianGambling, the Australians are $1.60 for the win, while the visiting Springboks are $2.35.

Cheika named four uncapped players in his 33-man squad, with centre Kyle Godwin, prop Tom Robertson, back-rower Lopeti Timani and winger Sefa Naivalu joining returning Rio Games sevens star Henry Speight.

Also in the squad is France-based veteran Drew Mitchell, who defended Australia's ability to bounce back from its Bledisloe disappointment.

"It's important for us to shelve that to the side and show these young guys it's what's happening at training and within the walls of our meetings that are important," Mitchell told reporters.

Australia's defense has also been a concern in recent Tests, with the back line often struggling to reach its defensive positions in broken play.

The Springboks are also coming off a Test disappointment after suffering just their second-ever defeat to Argentina in their last match at Salta two weeks ago.

The venue of Saturday's test is also a tough one for South Africa, which has won just one of its last 10 tests against Australia in Brisbane.

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Article Source: Bleacher Report - Rugby Union

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