Rugby Championship 2022: Table, fixtures and results, plus how to watch on TV
Australia captain James Slipper wants his team-mates to remember the pain inflicted on them by South Africa on Saturday as the world champions claimed a 24-8 win over their hosts in Sydney.
The Springboks bounced back from a defeat against the Australians in Adelaide on August 27 to hand Dave Rennie’s side their second loss in this year’s Rugby Championship.
“I want the boys to hurt. Yes, South Africa were good, but I felt like we didn’t play much rugby at all,” said Slipper. “We wanted to review last week and be a better rugby team. At no stage should we think we’re the finished product.
“Individually we need to look at ourselves. I’m confident we’re tracking in the right direction. We just need a bit more polish. We need to execute under pressure.”
The matches against South Africa came after the Australians opened their Rugby Championship campaign with a loss and a win against Argentina.
Those results, coupled with Saturday’s defeat, put the Wallabies on nine points, leaving Rennie’s side one point behind table-toppers New Zealand who themselves put 50 points past Argentina to avenge their humbling of the previous weekend by eclipsing the south Americans in emphatic fashion in Hamilton.
Australia are due to face the All Blacks in their final two Rugby Championship matches later this month. Slipper is hoping he and his team-mates can inject some stability into their performance in the coming weeks.
“It’s tough when you’re walking off the field after a loss, but we’ve got a lot of confidence in the group that we have,” he said.
“We’re after consistency and that’s the big driver for us and when we start seeing that I feel that we’ll see success coming our way.”
How to watch the matches on TV
(All times BST)
- Australia vs New Zealand (Marvel Stadium, Melbourne) 10.45am on Thursday, September 15 – Sky Sports
- Argentina vs South Africa (Estadio Jose Amalfitani, Buenos Aires) 8.10pm on Saturday, September 17 – Sky Sports
- New Zealand vs Australia (Eden Park, Auckland) 8.05am on Saturday, September 24 – Sky Sports
- South Africa vs Argentina (Hollywoodbets Kings Park, Durban) 4.05pm on Saturday, September 24 – Sky Sports
When is the final round?
The final round is on Saturday, September 24. New Zealand host Australia in Auckland, while Argentina travel to Durban to face South Africa.
What are the latest standings?