Australian international rugby continues on Tuesday night as the Wallabies take on France in Game 2 of the series.
The Wallabies escaped with an unlikely win in Game 1. They were behind on the scoreboard with only seconds remaining, but France failed to find touch to end the game. The rest is history as Australia got a late penalty to seal the deal.
Bookmakers are expecting another close game between two nations that have plenty to prove during the international season.
We look at the best bets for Australia vs France at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
Australia vs. France Game 2 Rugby Predictions
Australia vs France Game 2 Betting Tips
We were confident in France’s ability to cover the +9.5-point spread in the opening game and they didn’t let us down.
They should have won the game had it not been for a mental blunder, but those losses can have a positive effect for the next game. France knows they have the team to beat Australia, despite many of their top players not on the tour.
France coach Fabien Galthie has made five changes to the team, including two new caps. Wildfred Hounkpatin and Pierre-Henri Azagoh make their debuts, which adds to the appeal of this team.
Azagoh is an exciting lock who puts in the hard yards, so he should bolster up the French forwards, who held their own against the big Wallabies pack.
Australia has the likes of Taniela Tupou and Allan Alaalatoa up front, so it’s an intimidating pack. Tupou, or “The Tongan Thor” is an incredible talent and we expect him to have another big game. He made the difference for the Wallabies in Game 1 and his speed and power combine for an excellent forward.
The backs didn’t step up for the Wallabies and it’s a glaring concern. There are no superstars in the backline and we’re not leaving out Matt Toomua or Marika Koroibete. They are good players in their own right, but they’re not game changers, which Australia is sorely lacking.
They are still a relatively young unit, so we’re prepared to give it time to mature for the World Cup. However, at the moment, there is plenty of improvement needed for Australia to return to its heyday.
Bookmakers have Australia as $1.26 favourites, which is short given how lucky it got to win Game 1. France could be a value play at $3.90, but we would rather take the points as insurance.
It’s never wise to back against a team that has already got the job done for punters, so we’re happy to go with France +9.5 and expect another close game on Tuesday night.
Much like in the first game, most of the money has come for France with the points. It opened at $1.91 and has since firmed to $1.84, so the line could move to +8.5 come kick off.
Bet: France +9.5 @ $1.84 – Bet @ Sportsbet
Australia vs France Exotic Bets
We think it will be a more exciting contest with clear skies expected and they could score more than 44 points this time.
Taniela Tupou isn’t a prolific try scorer, but the big man could crash over the line and score at juicy odds. He should keep the ball close to the ruck when Australia attacks in the 22 and he is dangerous when he gets close to the line.
Punters get $5 for Tupou to score a try against France, which are odds too good to pass up.
We also like Gabin Villiere to score a try for France. He has been in good form and he’s the French favourite to cross for a try at $2.88. Those odds are worth taking and throwing in Australia vs France multi bets.
Sportsbet has a BYO option that both teams score one or more tries in each half. Given the clear conditions expected at AAMI Park, they should be able to cross for a five pointer in each half. It pays $3 and that is well worth snapping up.
Our final exotic bet is Over 23.5 first half points. Both teams should come out trying to make a statement and the tries could flow. It pays $1.83, so there has been steady money coming for this option throughout the week.
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.