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Last updated: 05 Jul 2023
Ben Darvill 05 Jul 2023
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Eddie Jones (Getty Images)
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South Africa vs Australia Tips


South Africa arrive for the 2023 Rugby Championship looking to avenge narrowly missing out on top-spot in 2022 as they finished a point behind New Zealand at the summit.
  • South Africa vs Australia Tips
  • South Africa Last 5 Results 
  • South Africa Form 
  • Australia Last 5 Results
  • Australia Form 

Australia could only pick up two wins from their six Rugby Championship matches, but they will be buoyed by Eddie Jones coming in as head coach ahead of the tournament.  

South Africa Last 5 Results 


  • England 13 South Africa 27
  • Italy 21 South Africa 63
  • France 30 South Africa 26
  • Ireland 19 South Africa 16 
  • South Africa 38 Argentina 21

South Africa Form 


South Africa ended their tour of the northern hemisphere in 2023 with two wins and two defeats in a campaign that resulted in more questions than answers. 

Wins over Italy and England were decent results, but neither side was in great form last year, meaning while these wins were positive, they were not the scalps they were looking for. Ultimately, the Springboks lost to Ireland and France, with France the hosts of the upcoming World Cup and Ireland sitting in the same group as them.

South Africa know that they need to hit the ground running with wins in the Rugby Championship, or confidence will plummet and they could find themselves having only won a handful of their last seven games once the competition ends. 

With Eddie Jones looking to mastermind their defeat, the home side will look to physically dominate their opponents and slowly choke them out of the game. 

Australia Last 5 Results


  • Wales 34 Australia 39
  • Ireland 13 Australia 10 
  • Italy 28 Australia 27
  • France 30 Australia 29
  • Scotland 15 Australia 16 

Australia Form 


This Rugby Championship is a very interesting prospect for Australia. The side currently ranked seventh in the world are not seen as likely to pip teams like Ireland, France, New Zealand or South Africa to World Cup glory, but could this simply prove to fuel the Aussies more? 

A win over South Africa in game one could be followed by a home win over Argentina. While New Zealand are never an easy side to face, the Aussies have home advantage and could be riding the wave of two wins in a row. A win could be monumental for the Aussies, but a tight, battling loss would also likely see the belief of the players and fans continue to build. 

Eddie Jones will have been planning for these matches from the moment he agreed to take over coaching the Wallabies, with the former-England coach looking to bring pride back to the Australian rugby team. 

Verdict

I am backing this to be a fairly tight clash in which South Africa come out on top. While Jones will have a game plan for this one, I believe that a more cohesive Springboks side will come out on top. 

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