The Bledisloe Cup is back for another year and there’s plenty of the line for both Australia and New Zealand this Saturday in Perth.
Neither team has looked overly impressive in the Rugby Championship to date but the Bledisloe Cup brings out the best from both teams.
New Zealand are the current holders, so Australia will need to win both Bledisloe Cup games. Winning in Perth on Saturday is a must for the Wallabies but the All Blacks are the heavy favourites to win.
Every game is heightened with more importance this year with the 2019 Rugby World Cup just around the corner. That adds to the excitement in what should be a great contest this Saturday.
7:45pm Australia vs. New Zealand Bledisloe Cup Preview
Australia has one loss and one win so far in the Rugby Championship. Their win came in Game 2 when beating Argentina by six points but it’s hardly inspiring rugby.
Rugby Australia is currently going through one of its worst periods in recent history and it’s not a good sign for the World Cup. However, they did enough to win last time out and that should give them some momentum for this game.
They opened the Rugby Championship with a loss to South Africa (35-17) where they were largely outplayed by a second-string Springboks team.
New Zealand kicked off their season with a hard-fought 20-16 win over Argentina where they failed to score a point in the second half. A draw against South Africa followed that when South Africa scored in the final minute of the game.
It has hardly been stellar stuff from the All Blacks so far, but they’re a team that warms to the occasion. They also defeated Australia by an average margin of 27 points in 2018 and that’s something they’ll be thinking about.
New Zealand has dominated Australia in the Bledisloe Cup recently and playing in Perth probably won’t be considered a home game for Australia. There’s plenty of ex-pat Kiwis in Perth and they’ll be cheering for the men in black.
Australia vs. New Zealand Bledisloe Cup Betting Tips
Bookmakers have the All Blacks as the $1.19 favourites to win the game and it’s hard to disagree with that.
New Zealand has had the wood over Australia since the turn of the millennium and we’re expecting that dominance to continue on Saturday night.
The current points start line is 12.5 which does make it a little interesting. Australia has shown enough in two games to date to suggest they could keep this game close.
Conversely, New Zealand hasn’t been overly impressive and although they clearly have the better team, they need to start producing on the night.
If the Wallabies get off to a good start and somehow lead New Zealand at halftime, they’ll cover the 12.5-point spread with ease. If New Zealand score an early try and get up by seven points early, it should be curtains for the home side.
We think New Zealand will be better this Saturday and with history on their side, we’re confident they can cover the spread.
Bet: All Blacks –12.5 ($1.90) at Sportsbet.com.au – Bet Now
Australia vs. New Zealand First Tryscorer Betting Tips
With the talent on display from both teams, punters are getting some great tryscoring betting opportunities.
We’ll start with the All Blacks, which boasts an impressive backline and their players currently dominate the try-scoring market.
Rieko Ioane is a slick winger for the All Blacks and his odds of $7.50 should entice punters. He is a streaky player who scores in bunches and if the All Blacks spread the ball early, he should benefit.
Look for the winger to inject himself into the game early and we could even see a Beauden Barrett cross-field kick straight into the arms of Ioane.
Teammate and fellow winger Sevu Reece is a new acquisition for the All Blacks and he’s a try-scoring machine at the provincial level.
Reece led the way for the Crusaders during the Super Rugby season and we’re expecting that to translate at the international level.
Bookmakers have Reece at $7.50 on the same line as Ioane and we’re happy to back them both to score first on Saturday night.
For the Wallabies, the standout player is Marika Koroibete. The Fijian-born midfielder is a bruising type who will look to power his way through the line.
He’s consistently one of Australia’s best players and although tries have been hard to come by for the Wallabies this season, Koroibete could break the shackles.
Punters can get $10 for Koroibete to score first.