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23 August 2012 by The Swede Eaters
 
Connected with: Wiki Player David Pocock, Quade Cooper

Scotty Donaldson looks at the Rugby Championship Round 2 and the starting teams named. Who are you picking to win this week?

Injuries have struck all teams in the Rugby Championship 2012, with some influential players on the sidelines. Arguably the most influential player for the Wallabies, David Pocock is out of action for three months, while his team mate Sekope Kepu will also watch the Wallabies battle the All Blacks from the sideline. The Springboks are missing hooker Bismarck Du Plessis for their match against Argentina, while the All Blacks loosehead prop and Rugby World Cup 2011 final try scorer Tony Woodcock is out with injury. Another crucial player who won't play this weekend is Argentina's first five eighth Juan Martin Hernandez who will be sorely missed. The Rugby Championship will test the depth of the different nations involved, but these injuries allow other players to get the opportunity to prove themselves. It also makes for some bargain priced players in www.testrugby.com

All Blacks vs Wallabies

The All Blacks look set to inflict more pain on the Wallabies at Eden Park on Saturday. Both teams looked rusty last week, but the inclusion of Michael Hooper will be worth watching. Hooper was great for the Brumbies in 2012, but their supply of the ball will depend on his ability at the top level. The All Blacks were also rusty, but did enough to win last week away from home and should be too strong again. The Wallabies have decided to bring in Quade Cooper who is public enemy number one in New Zealand. This match could actually make or break his international rugby career. He offers more X Factor than Berrick Barnes, but at the same time, he could easily be found wanting like he was during the Rugby World Cup 2011 where he was made to look like a chump by the All Blacks. I think the All Blacks could have scored a truckload more points against the Wallabies last week and take more of their chances this week. This could be Sonny Bill Williams's last game for the All Blacks.

Players to buy - Sonny Bill Williams, Ma'a Nonu, Israel Dagg, Dan Carter, Kieran Read, Keven Mealamu, Sam Whitelock, Richie McCaw, Berrick Barnes.

Bargains - Michael Hooper, Luke Romano, Liam Messam.

My pick - All Blacks by 15 points.

Argentina vs South Africa

The Pumas host their first ever Rugby Championship match when hosting the Springboks. The loss of first five eighth Juan Martin Hernandez is a massive blow as the hosts are still trying to decide who to replace him with. Martin Rodriguez comes in at fullback. It would be great if the Pumas could win this match, but I think the Springboks have enough muscle upfront to withstand the powerful Pumas and then enough class to get home thanks to the boot of Morne Steyn. I must admit that I was initially scepitcal of Argentina's inclusion in the competition, but I think it will really add another dimension to the competition with teams having to travel to Argentina. It is a difficult place to win in.

The Springboks have the luxury of greater depth than most teams and can start with Adriaan Strauss at hooker instead of Bismarck du Plessis. They have also decided to move usual flanker Willem Alberts to Number Eight and include Jacques Potgieter on the flank.

Players to buy - Morne Steyn, Willem Alberts, Marcell Coetzee, Adriaan Strauss, Bryan Habana, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.

Bargains - Eben Etzebeth, Manuel Carizza.

My pick - Springboks by 12 points.

The Springboks will eventually wear down the inspired Pumas.

Who are you picking to win The Rugby Championship 2012 Round 2 matches?

Have your say!

http://www.superrugbytips.com/2012/08/the-rugby-championship-2012-round-2.html

The Rugby Championship 2012 teams named


ALL BLACKS: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Ma'a Nonu, Sonny Bill Williams, Hosea Gear, Dan Carter, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Luke Romano, Owen Franks, Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett. Reserves: Andrew Hore, Ben Franks, Brodie Retallick, Victor Vito, Piri Weepu, Aaron Cruden, Ben Smith.

WALLABIES: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Drew Mitchell, Rob Horne, Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, Quade Cooper, Will Genia (captain), Scott Higginbotham, Michael Hooper, Dave Dennis, Nathan Sharpe, Sitaleki Timani, Ben Alexander, Tatafu Polota-Nau, Benn Robinson. Reserves: To be advised.

Argentina: Martin Rodriguez; Gonzalo Camacho, Marcelo Bosch, Santiago Fernandez, Horacio Agulla; TBA, Nicolas Vergallo; Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Alvaro Galindo, Julio Farias Cabello; Patricio Albacete, Manuel Carizza; Juan Figallo, Eusebio Guinazu, Rodrigo Roncero. Replacements (from): Marcos Ayerza, Martin Bustos Moyano, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Juan Imhoff, Martin Landajo, Tomas Leonardi, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Bruno Postiglioni, Nicolas Sanchez, Leonardo Senatore, Tomas Vallejos

Springbok team:

15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Bryan Habana, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Jacques Potgieter, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Adriaan Strauss (vice-captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Flip van der Merwe, 19 Keegan Daniel, 20 Ruan Pienaar, 21 Pat Lambie, 22 JJ Engelbrecht.

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Tags: All Blacks , wallabies, Springboks , Pumas



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4 . Huge Eug's MudFlaps 26 Aug 2012 09:03 PM
Please can someone tell me why we insist on useless players in our 'Springbok' team, we rely on wannabees, hasbeens and generally extremely crap players. We have depth and talent but continue with A/H's, if anyone can justify putting in Ruan Pienaar, van der Merwe, Potgieter, Kirchner and Morne into the team, then I'd love to hear the 'logic'. Or do we just want to struggle and loose games?. Major embarrassment is on the way!!!!

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3 . Barcaldine Bunyips 24 Aug 2012 03:19 PM
For the Wallabies...Stephen Moore has come in to starting Hooker for an injured Tatafu Polota-Nau, with Saia Faainga taking a place on the bench.

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2 . Real Deal 24 Aug 2012 01:14 PM
Sanchez is a real bargain at $510,000. He's a center though.

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1 . Cave Dweller 24 Aug 2012 11:10 AM
Replacing Hernández for Mendoza is Tucumán´ Nicolás Sánchez

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