The world’s best two sides will flex their muscle this weekend and win easily in Cardiff and Paris respectively.
The Springboks will beat Wales by at least 10 points and the All Blacks will win in Paris by at least 15 points.
But I have suspicion this could be the weekend when Italy gets one over the woeful Wallabies.
Italy have to believe it is possible and they can win. Better Wallabies teams, with better coaches, have struggled against Italy in Italy.
If you going to take a punt on a result that historically would seem wrong, do so on the Italian match.
England will beat Argentina and Ireland will beat Samoa.
How former All Blacks coach and SuperSport analyst John Mitchell views the game
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South Africa’s challenge will be more themselves than the opposition in Cardiff. The same applies to New Zealand in Paris.
There isn’t much confidence coming from within either the French or Welsh camps and there isn’t much bluster coming from their media. Traditionally there is.
Fourie du Preez ana Morne Steyn’s tactical kicking game will be decisive in Cardiff and while Wales can match the Springboks in the scrum and at lineouts I don’t see them matching the Boks physically for 80 minutes in the collisions.
I am saying all of this, more in the hope, that Flip van der Merwe actually doesn’t get yellow carded or that the Bok players don’t again disappoint with their discipline.
If 15 Boks play for 80 minutes against 15 Welshmen there will be a comfortable 10 point advantage to the Boks, whose biggest tour match will be in Paris.
The All Blacks biggest tour match will be against England at Twickenham and not against the French in Paris.
The last couple of times the All Blacks have played in Paris they’ve brushed aside the French, and Saturday night won’t be any different.
It is going to be a feast of rugby on Saturday with SuperSport showing five matches live and televising one delayed.
Italy vs Australia
England vs Argentina
Wales vs Springboks
Ireland vs Samoa
France vs All Blacks
Scotland vs Japan
Kick-off: 22:00 (delayed)