Thu, Oct 19, 9:51am by Staff Writer
Australia v New Zealand, Saturday 21st October, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
Australia come into this match aiming to avoid a whitewash against the All Blacks. Having already secured the Bledisloe Cup with wins in Sydney and Dunedin, New Zealand now make the trip back across the Tasman to Brisbane. It may well be a dead rubber in terms of the Cup but no match between these two sides is without passion and determination.
Any hope that the Wallabies may harbour will have been boosted by the fact New Zealand may well be without one of their star men. Beauden Barrett is a doubt after a potential concussion in their last match against South Africa. His replacement, however, Richie Mo’unga is certainly not a huge down grade. Whilst Barrett would be missed if he does not recover, it is the confirmed absence of Brodie Retallick that may give the Wallabies a chance. He has been given time off for personal reasons and gives Australia a real chance to attack the All Blacks at set piece. They will need to gain the upper hand up front if they are to have any chance of overturning a price of $5.
A perfect Rugby Championship saw the All Blacks win all six matches. Although there was a couple of scares for the number one side in world rugby. As Argentina threatened an upset before a second half comeback and Australia pushed them all the way in Dunedin. A try in the final minutes denied the Wallabies the chance to take the Bledisloe Cup to game 3. The All Blacks are comfortable favourites at $1.17, as they look to continue their dominance over Australia. Having won nine out of the last ten clashes.
The last time they met at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium back in 2014 the Wallabies narrowly lost by one point. A margin that close for a New Zealand win this time is priced at $3.25 for a win of 1-12 points. Whilst a big win for the away side of 13+ points is favourite at $1.72. An Australian win of either margin, however, understandably has a much larger price. With a 1-12 point win at $6 and a 13+ point victory and a huge $21. A draw, of which Australia have had two against South Africa his year, is priced at $34. Indeed these two sides battled their way to a draw at this stadium in 2012.
Both teams will be aiming for a fast start to the match and will want to strike first. Both sides have plenty of attacking options throughout their backlines. The first scoring play of the match could well be crucial. With a New Zealand penalty goal favourite priced at $2.80 and a try for them at $3.25. Bernard Foley will need to have his kicking boots on if the Wallabies are to stay in the game and their best price for opening the scoring is a penalty goal at $3.00 with a try at $10.
Bet of the Match – New Zealand to Win by 1-12 points at $3.25
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