Super Rugby takes a break for a few weeks as the international rugby action takes over.
We have free tips for New Zealand vs. France, Australia vs. Ireland, South Africa vs England and Argentina vs. Wales.
It’s going to be an exciting period of international rugby and bookmakers are offering great odds.
5:35pm New Zealand vs. France @ Eden Park
The All Blacks have had to deal with a raft of injuries over the last few weeks but they’re almost impossible to beat at Eden Park.
The World Cup winners are 25.5-point favourites to beat France, which struggled mightily throughout the Six Nations.
New Zealand has a tremendous winning record at Eden Park and they won’t lose this game but the point start line could be close. New Zealand are missing some key players but they still have strike weapons across the park.
Rieko Ioane, Ryan Crotty and Beauden Barrett can all break the game wide open at the French defence will need to be in top form to stop this game from being a demolishing.
This is a French side still trying to find their identity and although the All Blacks often show rust in their first test of the series, they should put plenty of points on here.
Punters could find value in the first tryscorer market where Jordie Barrett looks a good chance at $7. The centre has had an interesting week and what better way than to rebound with an early try.
Betting tip: All Blacks –25.5 @ $1.90 (BET NOW)
All Blacks by 35
8:00pm Australia vs. Ireland @ Suncorp Stadium
Punters don’t quite know what to expect from the Wallabies this season but they have picked a team that should excite the fans.
Michael Cheika has picked a team which has plenty of points in them and despite his poor record as a coach, he always brings plenty of confidence to the table.
Players such as Israel Folau, Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete certainly add some international flavour into the squad and the forward pack is just as impressive, but are they a unit?
Playing as a team has been tough for Australia since Cheika was appointed coach and they’re coming up against an Irish team which works well together.
Ireland has been playing great rugby since the World Cup and they’re deserving favourites this Saturday night against Australia.
Senior players Conor Murray, Joey Carbery and Rob Kearney provide the spine for the Irish and although we’ve seen more dynamic teams on paper, they know how to roll up their sleeves and get the job done.
Bookmakers have Ireland as the $1.73 favourites and despite playing away from home, they could frustrate the home side into making error after error.
Betting tip: Ireland to win @ $1.73 (BET NOW)
Ireland by 10
1:05am South Africa vs. England @ Ellis Park
We didn’t think we’d see South Africa as the favourites against England, given the form of both sides over the last few years.
South Africa have been poor and they famously lost to Japan in the World Cup. It hasn’t been much better since for the Springboks, which have lost in the Rugby Championship without firing a shot.
They have named a team which has plenty of speed in the backs but little experience winning on the big stage. On the other hand, England has named a solid side which will defensively frustrate the Springboks.
If this game was being played in England, the odds would be $1.40 for England and the odds should be much closer for this game. Punters are getting great value with England at $2.16 and anything better than even money is a great price.
Own Farrell will love kicking in South Africa, where the ball travels much further and we can’t see the inexperienced back line of the Springboks getting through the stout English defence.
England aren’t as good as they were this time last year but they’re still a force to be reckoned with and we can’t turn down the value on offer.
Betting tip: England to win @ $2.16 (BET NOW)
England by 8
5:40am Argentina vs. Wales @ San Juan
Argentina is always tough to beat at home and we think they’re a good bet against Wales.
The Pumas’ players have been playing great rugby for Super Rugby franchise Jaguares and that form should translate at international level.
The atmosphere in Argentina is unlike any other venue in world rugby and the Welsh won’t be used to playing in the soccer-like atmosphere.
Bookmakers are respecting Wales in the betting markets but there’s good value with the home side in this situation.
$1.52 is a fair price for Argentina, which has a good team and a good mix of flair and a big forward pack.
We expect Argentina to score a comfortable victory in front of their home fans.
Betting tip: Argentina to win @ $1.52 (BET NOW)
Argentina by 12