Rugby Championship

Boks to win by 14 in PE - bookies

2017-08-18 07:03
Allister Coetzee (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - The Springboks will have no trouble securing a win over Argentina in Port Elizabeth on Saturday as they kick off their Rugby Championship campaign, say local bookmakers.

According to Sportingbet, the Boks are 14 points better than the Pumas.

South Africa can be backed at 1/7 for the win while the South Americans are underdogs at 19/4. The draw, meanwhile, is on offer at 22/1

But while Allister Coetzee's men are expected to win on Saturday, they are not expected to challenge for the Rugby Championship title. 

The All Blacks are obvious favourites for the trophy at 1/9, but the good news is that South Africa are second-favourites ahead of Australia and Argentina.

The Boks are 9/1 to win, Australia 10/1 and Argentina 80/1.

The South Africans have not won the tournament since 2009, when it was still being played as the Tri-Nations.

Kick-off in PE on Saturday is at 17:05.

Teams:

South Africa

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Ross Cronjé, 8 Uzair Cassiem, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Beast Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Trevor Nyakane, 19 Pieter-Steph Du Toit, 20 Jean-Luc du Preez, 21 Francois Hougaard, 22 Curwin Bosch, 23 Damian de Allende

Argentina

15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Enrique Pieretto, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Juan Martin Hernandez, 23 Matias Moroni

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