South Africa started the 2018 Rugby Championship on a winning note in Durban on Saturday. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

JOHANNESBURG – The 2018 Rugby Championship kicked off on Saturday with New Zealand and South Africa coming away with the first wins of the tournament.

Here are the collated Rugby Championship first round results from Saturday:

In Sydney
Australia 13 – 38 New Zealand (half-time: 6-5)

Scorers

Australia 
Try: Jack Maddocks. Conversion: Bernard Foley. Penalties: Reece Hodge, Foley

New Zealand
Tries: Aaron Smith, Jack Goodhue, Beauden Barrett, Brodie Retallick, Waisake Naholo (2). Conversions: Barrett (4)

Waisake Naholo of the All Blacks celebrates after scoring a try during the first Bledisloe Cup rugby match between Australia and New Zealand on Saturday. Photo: Dan Himbrechts/EPA
Waisake Naholo celebrates after scoring a try during the first Bledisloe Cup rugby match between Australia and New Zealand on Saturday. Photo: Dan Himbrechts/EPA

In Durban
South Africa 34-21 Argentina (half-time: 10-14)

Scorers

South Africa
Tries: Lukhanyo Am, Aphiwe Dyantyi (2), Makazole Mapimpi (2), Faf de Klerk. Conversions: Handre Pollard (2)

Argentina
Tries: Nicolas Sanchez, Pablo Matera, Matias Moroni. Conversions: Sanchez (3)

Bautista Delguy (left) of Argentina in action against Aphiwe Dyantyi (right) of South Africa on Saturday. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/EPA
Bautista Delguy (left) of Argentina in action against Aphiwe Dyantyi (right) of South Africa on Saturday. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/EPA

Standings (played, won, drawn, lost, points scored, points conceded, bonus points, total)

New Zealand    1 1 0 0 38 13 1 5
South Africa      1 1 0 0 34 21 1 5
Argentina          1 0 0 1 21 34 0 0
Australia           1 0 0 1 13 38 0 0 

Point allocation: 4: win, 2: draw, 1: losing by less than eight points or scoring at least three tries more than opponents

Fixtures to be played:

Round 2 - August 25

In Auckland
New Zealand v Australia

In Mendoza
Argentina v South Africa

Round 3 - September  8

In Nelson
New Zealand v Argentina 

In Brisbane
Australia v South Africa 

Round 4 - September 15

In Wellington 
New Zealand v South Africa

In Gold Coast
Australia v Argentina

Man of the Match Aphiwe Dyantyi of South Africa following the match against Argentina at Kings Park Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Man of the Match Aphiwe Dyantyi of South Africa following the match against Argentina at Kings Park Stadium on Saturday. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Round 5 - September 29

In Port Elizabeth
South Africa v Australia 

In Buenos Aires
Argentina v New Zealand 

Round 6 - October 6

In Pretoria
South Africa v New Zealand 

In Salta
Argentina v Australia 

Point allocation - 4: win, 2: draw, 1: losing by less than eight points or scoring at least three tries more than opponents

Champions

2012: New Zealand
2013: New Zealand
2014: New Zealand
2015: Australia
2016: New Zealand
2017: New Zealand

Agence France-Presse (AFP)