This weekend’s predictions!

Date published: August 7 2015

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It's that time of the week when we put our heads on the chopping block to bring you Planet Rugby's predictions.

Sydney will be the setting for Saturday's Rugby Championship decider as an improved Wallabies side take on a strong-looking All Blacks outfit.

Following that in Durban, the Springboks will be hoping to give their fans some cheer after two defeats. Standing in their path are the Pumas.

It is not just in the south that international rugby takes place this weekend as Wales and Ireland collide in Cardiff, determined to get their World Cup on-field preparations off to a positive start. Both have unsurprisingly named somewhat experimental teams as places are up for grabs.

Not to be forgotten, we've also had a look at the opening round betting of the Currie Cup, using Paddy Power's wealth of rugby betting options.

Rugby Championship

Australia v New Zealand

The big one. The Wallabies are six-point underdogs with the bookmakers and we think they should be backed on that given their impressive side. That's not to say New Zealand have named anything but an excellent XV but with home field advantage, this one will be closer than six points.

We are all excited to see Nehe Milner-Skudder given an opportunity on the international stage and he could create for others with his electric feet. Look out for Aaron Smith (14/1) and Ben Smith (12/1) feeding off the right wing, with the prices given there being for first try-scorer.

Australia have gone for both Michael Hooper and David Pocock in their starting line-up and they are both 25/1 to open the try account. After that hearing fiasco, wouldn't it be typical if Hooper made the early headlines. Opposite number Richie McCaw is 5/1 to crash over at anytime.

South Africa v Argentina

Initial thinking was to back the Springboks to beat the 19 point handicap and we've not changed our mind since Argentina named their line-up. South Africa are hungry for a big win after solid efforts were not rewarded against Australia and New Zealand. Despite losses, they look good.

South Africa to score first, lead at half-time and win the match is a good bet at 4/6, as is will one team win both halves, which is 4/9. We would advise going for the latter instead of the 1/6 offered for the Springboks half-time, full-time punt as the odds are much better value.

On the try bets there's a fairytale return for Jean de Villiers to consider so his anytime price will be worth a look and how can we not back the in-form Jesse Kriel (13/2) to open the try-scoring account in Durban? Also get on fly-half Handre Pollard (3/1) to carry over the line at least once.

World Cup warm-up

Wales v Ireland

It is an intriguing clash at the Millennium Stadium as we see how both sets of players take in their first hit-out after weeks of hard graft. Expect plenty of rust but there are two players who we fancy to cross on Saturday; they are centres Scott Williams (7/2) and Darren Cave (3/1).

Despite being on the road, the team sheets suggest Ireland have the edge when it comes to experience and we think the to score first, lead at half-time and win the game bet at 3/1 for them is rather tempting. If you would rather play it safe, Ireland are 11/10 to just claim victory.

Currie Cup

Scanning through the matches, Western Province will have enough to beat the 10-point handicap while they are 4/7 on the half-time, full-time. Throw that handicap bet in a treble with the Golden Lions (-15) at the Eastern Province Kings and Free State Cheetahs to beat the Blue Bulls (8/13).

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