Thu, Nov 2, 10:29am by Staff Writer
Australia will kick of their Spring Tour with a side trip to Japan on the way to Europe. With the Rugby World Cup in 2019 hosted by Japan, this clash will start preparations with an attempt to engage the Japanese public. The Wallabies will be wary of an ever-improving Japan side.
Japan v Australia, Saturday 4th November, 4.40pm AEDT, Yokohama, Japan
The Wallabies will take on Japan for the first time since the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. A match that they completely dominated, keeping the Japanese try less in the 91-3 win. A lot has changed in the ten-year period since that game. With Japan emerging in recent years as possible contenders to challenge the Tier 1 nations. A win over South Africa in the pool stages of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, sparked something in the Japanese side as they look to go to the next level.
With an emerging domestic rugby scene and a side in the revamped Super Rugby, Japan is targeting growth. Just how much they’ve grown will be tested when they try to overturn a price of $15. With many of their Test players now having experience in Super Rugby playing against the Australians with the Sunwolves. Japanese fans will be hoping for more than that price suggests.
Australia will still be on a high from beating the All Blacks in the final Bledisloe Cup match of 2017. Although the Barbarians game that followed will have dented that feeling. Whilst many of the Test regulars were rested for the BaaBaas game, the Wallabies did not come through unscathed with a number of youngsters ruled out of the Spring Tour through injury.
With Jack Dempsey and Lukhan Tui being doubts. Prolific try scorer Israel Folau will be rested for the Tour, meaning the Wallabies will have to look elsewhere for their attacking threat from full back. Australia stand at $1.02 for the win.
With Folau missing the man who may well be the one to step and score the tries could be Marika Koroibete. Since moving from rugby league, he has been a sensation for both the Rebels and Wallabies. The jersey number of the first try scorer for Australia being number 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 is priced at $1.70. Any other number/ penalty try / try less match stands at $2.10.
In terms of a margin between these two sides the stand out favourite is a 13+ point win for the Wallabies. Which is priced at $1.13 compared to the same score line for Japan at $51. Japan’s best hope is a 1-12 point win at $17. Australia are priced at $6.50 for the same margin.
Bigger tests lay ahead for the Wallabies on the Spring Tour, but they will need to overcome Japan first. This match will provide a gauge on how both sides are faring heading towards the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Bet of the Match: An Australian Try to be the first scoring play: $1.80
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