The All Blacks have one hand on the Bledisloe Cup and it will take a huge effort from Australia to stop them from winning.
We look at how Game 2 at Eden Park plays out on Saturday and where punters can find the best Bledisloe Cup value.
It doesn’t get much better than New Zealand vs Australia in world rugby, so buckle up for what should be a tremendous 80 minutes.
Bledisloe Cup Game 2 Tips
New Zealand vs. Australia Bledisloe Cup Game 2 Preview
It was a strange game to open the Bledisloe Cup last week, which saw the All Blacks take a 1-0 lead over Australia.
It was a tight game in the first half before the All Blacks scored a late try to edge clear by 13 points. New Zealand stretched the lead considerably after halftime and looked to run away with the game, but Australia bounced back and made a game of it.
The Wallabies scored three late tries to bridge the gap, and although they were never a chance of completing the comeback, it could be a good sign for this game.
It’s unusual for the All Blacks to clock off and it would have worried coach Ian Foster. However, the All Blacks have an incredible record at Eden Park and it’s tough to ignore. They haven’t lost a test match at Eden Park since 1994, and the record is even more impressive against Australia.
We are expecting the All Blacks to play for 80 minutes on Saturday and to make a statement. They received plenty of criticism for the way they clocked off, but considering it was their first real test of the season, we’re giving them a pass mark.
New Zealand warmed up for this series against Fiji, which isn’t a great test. Australia warmed up with a hard-fought series win over France, which wasn’t overly impressive, but it was good tough rugby.
Bookmakers have the All Blacks at extremely skinny head-to-head odds. They are $1.04 to win and Australia has breached double-figure odds at $11. The points start line is 22.5, which is likely to see most of the action.
Most of the early money came for the All Blacks at 21.5 points, but after the line touched 22.5, most of the money has come for Australia. It’s a big line for New Zealand to cover, but it’s a different team at Eden Park and we don’t think they’ll let their foot off the gas.
We’re happy to take the –22.5 at $1.97. The odds are generous at that line and we see the AB’s winning by around 28 points.
Bet: All Blacks –22.5 @ $1.97 – Bet @ Sportsbet
All Blacks vs Wallabies Exotic Picks
Sportsbet has come excellent exotic bets available so punters can find value for the big game.
Because we think New Zealand wins by 28 points, we suggest backing them at the alternate line of –27.5. It pays $2.40 and those odds are well worth snapping up.
Our first try scorer bet is going to Sevu Reece. The Fijian-born winger was in scintillating form last week and he should have scored more points after an incredible try was disallowed.
Being on the wing is ideal for scoring tries and he will be well-backed on game day. Expect Reece to pay around $7 to score first and around $1.45 to score at any time throughout the game.
Tom Banks is our Australian pick to score a try. He crossed for his first international five-pointer last week and he’s capable of scoring another. Banks is one of the shining lights for the Wallabies and punters get value odds.
After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.