Saturday’s Bledisloe Cup between New Zealand and Australia is the most anticipated rugby game since the 2015 World Cup final.
Australia came out guns blazing in Perth and are forced the All Blacks to win on their home soil to retain the Bledisloe Cup.
It has been an awfully long time since the Wallabies got their hands on the trophy, but there’s a sense of confidence in his side and we can’t blame them after last week.
It all goes down this Saturday at Eden Park and we can’t wait.
5:35pm Australia vs. New Zealand Bledisloe Cup Game 1 Preview
It’s fair to say we didn’t see that coming. Australia were dominant when winning Game 1 last week in Perth and that momentum could carry over to this week.
The Wallabies came out with more intensity than the All Blacks, which is rare but coach Michael Cheika should be proud of that effort.
However, winning consecutive games against this All Blacks team isn’t easy and it has become nearly impossible to win at Eden Park. The All Blacks haven’t lost at Eden Park since 1994 – a truly incredible statistic.
That’s what the Australians are going to need to overcome this Saturday, but their confidence is sky high following the 47-26 thrashing in Perth.
What went right for the Wallabies? They were able to put pressure on the All Blacks throughout the game on both sides of the ball. They played an up-tempo game and didn’t give the All Blacks room to move with the ball.
Of course, they were helped by the All Blacks playing with only 14 men for the entire second half, but they looked the better team prior to that anyway.
For New Zealand, they’re going to need to compose themselves. They look a little rattled at the moment, having scored just one win against Argentina and a draw against South Africa.
Title hopes of the Rugby Championship are gone – they were the $1.35 favourites to win – but the Bledisloe Cup still remains up for grabs. Desperation could be in full force this Saturday for the current World Cup title holders.
It’s clear they’re missing a few key players, such as Brodie Retallick, but depth has never been an issue for the All Blacks. The players looking to establish themselves in the team need a strong showing on Saturday.
Australia vs. New Zealand Bledisloe Cup Game 2 Betting Tips
Bookmakers have the All Blacks as the $1.17 favourites. However, they were also the hot favourites to win in Perth last week.
That being said, the All Blacks simply don’t lose at Eden Park and they don’t lose the Bledisloe Cup. It has been a long time since Australia had a drink out of the cup and we’re predicting that to continue.
There’s no doubting that this is an improved Australian team and their youth makes them dangerous. That’s the positives going in favour of Australian backers this week.
The current points spread line is 13.5 and that’s where bookmakers will see split action. You would think coming off a massive victory that the Wallabies would have more respect in the betting but there’s reasons why.
New Zealand are just that dominant at home and if they play up to their potential, they will cover the –13.5 spread.
We’re confident the All Blacks will win, but not confident they’ll cover the spread. Therefore, taking All Blacks 1-12 ($2.90) which is the best value with bookmakers.
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All Blacks confirmed team lineup
- Joe Moody
- Dane Coles
- Nepo Laulala
- Patrick Tuipulotu
- Samuel Whitelock
- Ardie Savea
- Sam Cane
- Kieran Read – captain
- Aaron Smith
- Richie Mo’unga
- George Bridge
- Sonny Bill Williams
- Anton Lienert-Brown
- Sevu Reece
- Beauden Barrett
- Codie Taylor
- Ofa Tuungafasi
- Angus Ta’avao
- Jackson Hemopo
- Matt Todd
- TJ Perenara
- Ngani Laumape
- Jordie Barrett
Wallabies likely team lineup
The Wallabies haven’t confirmed their team yet, but the only exclusions from the team last week could be Rory Arnold and David Pocock.
Reports from the game is that they don’t want to rush players back from injury with the World Cup being the ultimate goal.