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International Rugby Best Bets: Wallabies to squeeze past Scotland

Thu, Jun 15, 9:13am by Staff Writer

Australia v Scotland, Allianz Stadium, Sydney, Saturday June 17, 3pm AEST

Australia’s second Test of 2017 sees them take on Scotland. The Wallabies have been victorious on the last two occasions these sides have met. Although they have been close encounters with a winning margin of a solitary point each time. Both of those losses will have hurt the Scottish, especially the Rugby World Cup Quarter Final in 2015. They will be heading to Sydney looking for revenge. Indeed, the last time they were in Australia they edged out there hosts 9-6. With a new coach in Gregor Townsend, Scotland are aiming to be a far more expansive rugby side and will look to take on the Wallabies out wide to overcome odds of $5.75. The Wallabies are heavy favourites priced at $1.14 with William Hill. They kicked off their 2017 with victory over Fiji last weekend but will face a much sterner test here. If they can repeat the intensity with which they started the Fiji game, however, then they are likely to have too much for Scotland.

Bet of the Match: Australia to Win by 1-12 points at $3.15

New Zealand Maori v British and Irish Lions, Rotorua International Stadium, Rotorua, Saturday June 17, 5:35pm AEST

The British and Irish Lions have suffered mixed fortunes so far on their tour of New Zealand. With two wins and two losses to their name, the tour has gotten off to a stuttering start. Already there is a clear distinction appearing between the mid-week and Saturday teams being named. It is no surprise that both victories have come on Saturday evenings against the NZ Barbarians and the form NZ Super Rugby team, the Crusaders. Should selection continue in the same vein then the likely Test players should line up against the Maori All Blacks this weekend. The Lions are priced as favourites at $1.55 compared to their opponents at $2.45. There is the potential for another upset, however, with plenty of Test quality players named in the Maori All Blacks squad. Nehe Milner-Skudder, Damien McKenzie and James Lowe provide huge threats in the backs whilst up front the Lions will have to contend with Liam Messam, Ash Dixon and Akira Ioane.

Bet of the Match: British & Irish Lions to Win by 1-12 points at $2.70

Argentina v England, Estadio CA Colon, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, Sunday June 18, 5:15am AEST

Again, the stand out match across the other International fixtures around the world is Argentina against England. The English edged out the home side last weekend in the dying moments of the game with a sensational try started in their own half. It was a thrilling match between two sides who were willing to move the ball out wide at all times. It is unlikely to be any different this weekend as the Pumas look to bounce back and a young, inexperienced England side look to seal a series victory. Argentina edge England as favourites priced at $1.80 for the win with England standing at $2.00 with William Hill. This match promises to be another spectacular game of rugby and will be a close contest throughout.

Bet of the Match: England to Win by 1-12 points at $2.90

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