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06 September 2012 by The Swede Eaters
 
Connected with: Wiki Player Aaron Cruden, Dan Carter

The Rugby Championship Round 3 gives us two mouth-watering clashes and features a late change for the mighty All Blacks with Dan Carter withdrawing with injury to be replaced by Aaron Cruden. Who do you think will win these matches?

The Rugby Championship Round Three starts in Wellington this Saturday night when the All Blacks face Argentina at Westpac Stadium. In late breaking news, All Blacks first five eighth Dan Carter will miss the game with a calf injury meaning Aaron Cruden will start at pivot. This would have been a problem a year ago, but Cruden has developed greatly over the past year and it shouldn't affect the All Blacks chances of victory. I also think that this is smart given that this match is probably going to be the easiest match of the competition for the All Blacks and so it is best to rest players now.

Game One - New Zealand vs Argentina

The All Blacks should win their first match against Argentina as part of the Rugby Championship. The Pumas will be tougher to beat at home as the Springboks found out a fortnight ago, but shouldn't threaten the All Blacks in Wellington. The All Blacks will be without Dan Carter, but will welcome back the experienced Tony Woodcock and Conrad Smith. They have also added bulk to combat the physical Pumas pack with Luke Romano and Brodie Retallick in the middle row. Other Hurricanes players Victor Vito and Julian Savea will get an opportunity on their home ground replacing Liam Messam and Hosea Gear. It will be interesting to see how Vito and Savea go as these guys can be brilliant. Conrad Smith should sharpen the All Blacks attack with his ability to feed the outside backs and his experience.

Argentina welcome back Juan Martin Hernandez and this team will be a physical challenge for the All Blacks. I love having Argentina in the Rugby Championship. Their different style of play and passionate fans will bring a new dimension to the competition. It will be interesting to see what influence former All Blacks coach Graham Henry has had in a short stint as a consultant to the Pumas. I think he will have fine tuned their game a bit and they will be far more competitive on Saturday than they would have been previously.

All Blacks should win by 20 points, but will find it tough to break down the staunch Argentina defence. The All Blacks will need to sharpen up their attack which hasn't really worked so far this Rugby Championship but will probably stop Argentina scoring many or any tries. Argentina will be fired up as there aren't many challenges greater than playing the All Blacks. It will be funny having Graham Henry in the Argentina box.

Players to watch - Aaron Cruden, Juan Martin Hernandez, Israel Dagg, Kieran Read, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.

Bargains - Brodie Retallick, Manuel Carizza, Luke Romano, Julian Savea.

Game Two - Australia vs South Africa

It is difficult to know how this match will go with Perth the most South African friendly state in Australia. The Wallabies will be at home and will be looking to bounce back against the Springboks. It is hard to know if the Wallabies were terrible against the mighty All Blacks or just struck a really tough opponent? Both of these sides have plenty of injury problems and their depth will be tested.

Anyway, they have gone back to Kurtley Beale and this match should in theory be one of the tightest matches of the Rugby Championship 2012. Radike Samo starts at Number Eight for the Wallabies which is an interesting move. He is an enigma and at his age it will be interesting to see how long he lasts.

The Springboks will be smarting after drawing with Argentina and have made five changes to their squad. They have put Francois Hougaard on the wing and recalled Ruan Pienaar. Stormers Number Eight Duane Vermuelen should add some steal to their forward pack.

My pick - This match will be tight and I am going for a Wallabies win on the back of some Will Genia magic. The Wallabies forwards just need to hang tough, while their backs will be dangerous. Wallabies by 3 points.

Players to watch - Adriaan Strauss, Stephen Moore, Nathan Sharpe, Morne Steyn, Francois Steyn.

Bargains - Duane Vermeulen, Marcell Coetzee, Eben Etzebeth, Sitaleki Timani, Michael Hooper, Juandre Kruger.

Who do you think will win Rugby Championship 2012 Round Three matches?

New Zealand vs Argentina

ALL BLACKS: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu, Julian Savea, Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Victor Vito, Brodie Retallick, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Tony Woodcock. Reserves: Andrew Hore, Charlie Faumuina, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Piri Weepu, Beauden Barrett, Ben Smith.

Argentina. (15-1) Martin Rodriguez; Gonzalo Camacho, Marcelo Bosch, Santiago Fernandez, Horacio Agulla; Juan Martin Hernandez, Nicolas Vergallo; Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (captain), Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Julio Farias Cabello; Patricio Albacete, Manuel Carizza; Juan Figallo, Eusebio Guinazu, Rodrigo Roncero. Reserves: To be named on Friday.

Australia vs South Africa

Australia Kurtley Beale, Dominic Shipperley, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia (capt), Radike Samo, Michael Hooper, Dave Dennis, Nathan Sharpe, Sitaleki Timani, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, Benn Robinson Reserves: Tatafu Polota Nau, James Slipper, Scott Higginbotham, Liam Gill, Nick Phipps, Mike Harris, Anthony Fainga'.

Springboks – 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (c), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Francois Hougaard 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Willem Alberts, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Juandre Kruger, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Beast Mtawarira.

Subs: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Francois Louw, 20 Johan Goosen, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 Lwazi Mvovo.

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1 . deep 07 Sep 2012 12:03 AM
It might be windy in Wellington but the Argies will need a lot more than that to keep up with the whirl-wind pace of the AB's. For me it'a a truckload to the men in black and stuff all the visitors as they find themselves one step behind the pace all night - especially now a covert spy in the form of Henry has infiltrated their ranks and will be feeding his old cobbers a wealth of information. Just sit back and watch the ABs steal their every lineout ball, and smash every attacking sniff in its tracks!!! Really happy to see Cruden have a run, I just hope the pairing with Nonu works. Exciting to see Savea back in action too. Look forward to the Argies revenge on the second leg of this duel. It's a much better comp with these guys on board.

The Oz v SA duel will be a cracker with both teams desperate to click into gear and show some 'slick'.... or is it more that both teams want to keep clear of some serious flak - which is sure to fired in the general direction of the losers.

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