Thu, Nov 9, 8:58am by Staff Writer
Wales v Australia, Sunday 12th November, Cardiff, 4.15am AEDT
A resounding victory over Japan in the opening game of the Wallabies Spring Tour was the ideal preparation as they take on Wales. The experiment of Reece Hodge playing at flyhalf appeared to work whilst importantly the centre pairing of Samu Kerevi and Tevita Kuridrani gelled to good effect. With Australia running in nine tries in total, their attack seems to be sparking to life. Bigger tests await them, however, with England and Scotland still to come after this weekend’s clash against Wales.
In a remarkable run of results the Wallabies have won their last 12 games against Wales. The last time the two sides met in the corresponding Test last year, Australia ran out 32-8 victors. On the back of their recent performances against the All Blacks and Japan, they will be confident of securing a potential lucky 13th win. The performances of the Wallabies came under lots of scrutiny during The Rugby Championship, but they appear to be starting to turn them around. They head into the match as favourites priced at $1.67. The Wallabies will have to be wary of a pumped-up Cardiff crowd though if they are to come away with the win.
Wales took part in an unprecedented training session this week as they went head to head with England in a combined forwards workout. Both sides will have identified Australia’s pack as a potential weakness in the upcoming matches and that session could well be hugely beneficial to them. The Welsh will be without their captain and British and Irish Lions captain, Sam Warbuton, for the game, leaving a big hole in their back row. Wales’ recent games were during a Pacific tour of Samoa and Tonga. Matches they won without their Lions contingent who are likely to return as they look to upset the Wallabies at a price of $2.20.
A close win for Australia of 1-12 points stands as the favourite margin priced at $2.63. With the same winning result for Wales at $3 and a 13+ points win for the home side at $7. For the Wallabies to win by 13+ points the price is $3.60. If Australia can rediscover their attacking threat, then could be a real danger to the Welsh backline.
Australia have made a habit recently of scoring early tries and they will need to continue that to set the tone on this tour. They stand at $1.93 to score first. Despite not being favourites to win the match Wales are priced at $1.81 in comparison to score first.
This match has the potential to go either way with both sides capable of beating each other on their day. The Wallabies should edge the back row battle but have lots of firepower in the backs to record that 13th straight win.
Bet of the Match: Australia to Score First at $1.93
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