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International Rugby June 23: Preview, Odds and Best Bets

Wed, Jun 20, 3:57pm by Staff Writer

The series is on the line at Allianz Stadium in Sydney when the Wallabies and Ireland clash in the third test on Saturday night.

Australia versus Ireland

Saturday, 23 June 2018 at 8.05pm AEST at Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Ireland are firm favourites at $1.57 at Sportsbet to claim victory, with the Wallabies priced at $2.40.

The Emerald are being given a 3.5-point start at $1.90, after their five point win in Melbourne on Saturday night.

That loss came at a cost to the Wallabies, with halfback Will Genia breaking his arm. The Waratahs’ Jake Gordon has been drafted into Wallabies camp as a potential replacement.

The Wallabies felt the loss of Genia as he suffered his injury early in the match.

They will be up against it on Saturday night, with Ireland dominating territory and possession in Melbourne, with the Wallabies struggling with ball retention for large parts of the match.

With both test matches being close so far this series and coming down to plays in the final 10 minutes, this match should not disappoint and once again be close.

Ireland hold the ascendency in the backline, while the inexperienced Wallabies front line looked to struggle in Melbourne.

Best bet- Ireland Big Win Little Win 1-12 at $2.80

New Zealand versus France

Saturday, 23 June at 5.35pm AEST at Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin

New Zealand wrapped up their best-of-three test series against France in Wellington with a 26-13 victory, although it should have been a far bigger margin.

The All Blacks are $1.02 favourites at Sportsbet to sweep the series, with France paying $14 for victory.

The opening line favours New Zealand by 25.5-points at $1.90.

French back Benjamin Fall was given a red card in the 12th minute, with the All Blacks scoring two quick tries in the aftermath.

The French were gallant for the remaining 68th minute down to 14-men and should be commended for keeping the match so close.

Despite being thumped in Auckland, they showed better discipline and attention to detail in defence in Wellington, with a similar performance expected in Dunedin.

The closed-roof structure in Dunedin will mean that there are not the weather difficulties faced by players at the windy Westpac Stadium, which should make ball handling and running as seamless as possible.

The All Blacks will be disappointed they didn’t crush France in game two as they did in game one, and under the roof, they will score plenty of points.

Best bet- New Zealand to cover 25.5-point handicap at $1.90

South Africa versus England

Sunday, 24 June 2018 at 1.05am AEST at Newlands, Cape Town

England have not had trouble scoring points in the opening 20 minutes of their two matches against South Africa, but have found points thereafter difficult to come by.

The Roses have lost their test series against the Springboks, but will be hoping to salvage a victory from their tour when they meet at Newlands on Sunday morning.

South Africa are $1.50 to claim victory, the shortest price they have been across the series.

England are $2.60 and 5.5-point underdogs, but showed potential, particularly in game one in terms of breaking down the Springboks defence.

England has not won a test series in the Rainbow Nation, winning only one of their past 14 matches against South Africa.

With all of the statistics pointing against England, it is hard to back them for victory in Cape Town.

The Springboks confidence will be high and they should dispatch this English side with relative ease.

Best bet- South Africa Big Win Little Win 13+ at $2.88

The final weekend of June test matches will see Fiji host Tonga in Lautoka, fresh off their Pacific Nations Cup victory.

Japan meets Georgia in Toyota, after splitting their series against Italy.

Canada and the United States will meet, after the Eagles historic victory against Scotland by a point last week.

Argentina will be hoping to bounce back from a poor two-match series loss against Wales, as they host the travelling Scots in Resistencia.

Rugby Internationals Sportsbet Odds

New Zealand $1.02 France $14

Australia $2.40 Ireland $1.57

South Africa $1.50 England $2.60

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