Wed, Jun 13, 12:51pm by Staff Writer
It was a scintillating weekend of rugby to begin the June internationals, with Australia coming away with a hard fought 18-9 win against Six Nations champions Ireland.
The Wallabies were pre-match underdogs against the Emerald, and after a close opening half, got the better of the Ireland replacements to claim a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
The Irish were held tryless for the match, with the Wallabies crossing through Bernard Foley and David Pocock.
His 72nd minute try sealed victory for the Wallabies, who now look ahead to game two in Melbourne on Saturday.
The Wallabies are early favourites for that match at AAMI Park at $1.79, with the Irish at $2.03.
New Zealand are typically slow starters in June internationals, as we alluded to in our preview last week.
That phenomenon occurred once again against France at Eden Park on Saturday, with the French took an unlikely 11-8 half-time lead against the All Blacks.
A second half onslaught followed, with the Kiwis running in seven tries and the Les Bleus failing to score in the second half.
The 52-11 drubbing is the biggest loss France have suffered in an international since the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter finals, where New Zealand beat them 62-13.
The All Blacks are once again huge favourites in game two of that series, priced at $1.02 at Sportsbet for Saturday’s match in Wellington.
The French are $17 to gain an unlikely victory and are giving away more than four tries on the handicap market, which is set at 29.5 points, favouring New Zealand at $1.97.
South Africa produced the biggest comeback of the weekend, rallying from an early 24-3 deficit against England at Ellis Park, to win 42-39.
In a highly entertaining match, the Springboks fell behind early through sloppy play and a lack of intensity, as England had all of the momentum.
By half time, the Boks had pegged back the Roses and in a strong second half in trying conditions, they held on for a narrow win.
Game two takes place in Bloemfontein on Sunday morning, with the Boks $1.60 favourites and England priced at $2.35 for their match at Toyota Stadium.
In other international results, Georgia and Fiji earned wins against Tonga and Samoa respectively in the Pacific Nations Cup in Fiji.
Japan were big winners against Italy in Oita by 34-17.
The biggest shock of the weekend was Wales’ 23-10 win against Argentina in San Juan, as they held the hosts tryless until the 77th minute.
The United States and Scotland had big wins against far weaker opposition in Russia and Canada.
June 16 Rugby Internationals Odds – Sportsbet
New Zealand $1.02 v France $17
Australia $1.79 v Ireland $2.03
South Africa $1.60 v England $2.35
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