Predictions: Rugby Championship

Date published: August 23 2013

It is time for us to put our heads on the block and give you Planet Rugby's calls for this weekend's global action.

It is time for us to put our heads on the block and give you Planet Rugby's calls for this weekend's global action.

Both The Rugby Championship and Top 14 kicked off with some surprising results, leading to some excellent payouts if you followed our tips. Should you bet on the Wallabies and Argentina to gain revenge one week on from their respective losses?

Let's get started.

The Rugby Championship

New Zealand v Australia:

A winning margin of 18 points and a hat-trick for Ben Smith would have certainly produced a generous reward last weekend, but those bets are dead and buried. Ben Smith couldn't replicate that feat again this weekend could he. Wait, could he? (35/1 just in case).

Even with a fifth-string fly-half running the show in the uncapped Tom Taylor, New Zealand are still heavy favourites to take down the Wallabies once again. The visitors, unfancied to say the least as they desperately try and win back the Bledisloe Cup for the first time in 10 years, are down at 11/2.

Still, that doesn't mean there aren't some interesting possibilities out there. Level scores at half-time sit at 14/1, with the same odds for a Wallaby comeback after trailing at half-time.

Australia by a winning margin of 1-5 points is available at 9/1, whilst a winning margin of 6-10 goes for 16/1.

Ben Smith and Julian Savea are both first try scorer favourites at 14/2, whilst the Wallaby duo of Israel Folau and James O'Connor should be considered at 14/1.

What about some love for the forwards you say? Tony Woodcock, the man winning his 100th cap, is an anytime try scorer at 8/1 and a first try scorer at 35/1.

Argentina v South Africa:

South Africa's winning margin last weekend of 60 points was little short of mindblowing and completely unexpected in many respects Р9 tries and a nearly faultless kicking from Morn̩ Steyn.

Argentina at home though will be a different force and for that reason they are placed at 9/2 to win.

The last time the Pumas host South Africa on home soil in 2012, the results was an 18-18 draw. A repeat of that outcome, unlikely one year one, sits at 30/1.

Should Argentina give the Springboks trouble in the first half, then South Africa are 6/1 to trail at half-time before clinching the result. The odds on them repeating last week's freakish winning margin are 30/1.

First try scorer bets to be considered include the Argentine duo of Horacio Agulla and Gonzalo Camacho at 14/1, whilst Springbok captain Jean de Villiers is at 12/1.

No player scored more than one try for the Boks last weekend, but a Bryan Habana hat-trick is down at 14/1.

Finally, buoyed up by a passionate home crowd, an Argentina try as the first score of the match at 10/1 should be worth a bet.

Top 14

Toulon v Racing Métro:

Toulon's draw against Montpellier last Friday came as a surprise, with odds of a similar outcome against Racing at home available at 18/1.

Racing stuttered in their opening match of the season against Brive, so come into this one as underdogs at 7/2.

Toulon certainly have the ability to shift up plenty of gears at home, so although Racing arrive with plenty of quality, a Toulon win by 21-25 points is far from impossible.

Delon Armitage, the former England full-back, is available as a first try scorer at 9/1.

Good luck!