Wed, Aug 24, 2:08pm by Christopher Duffy
Date and Time: Saturday August 27, 2016, 5:35pm AEST
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
TV: Fox Sports
The Wallabies face the daunting task of travelling to play the All Blacks in Wellington in Round 2 of the Rugby Championship. At any point in time that is not something that any rugby side would relish doing but after being comprehensively beaten at home in Round 1 by New Zealand it is even more intimidating. Injuries have hit both teams and the Wallabies will need to search for any weaknesses in the All Black line up but that is easier said than done.
The difficulty of what the Wallabies face is summed up perfectly with the odds that William Hill are offering for the match. Australia are priced at $8.50 and will have to produce some performance if they are to overturn those odds. After such a successful Rugby World Cup, hopes were high for this batch of players yet underperforming stars across the squad are letting the side down. The addition of margin only makes the odds far worse with a 1-12 point victory at $9.00 and a 13+ win at $29.00.
The All Blacks, as is to be expected, head into this match as favourites priced at $1.07 with William Hill. If they take out this win they will secure yet another Bledisloe Cup and set themselves up to retake The Rugby Championship trophy back from the Australians. A 13+ point victory is the favoured price when a margin is added to the win priced at $1.49. If Australia can at least make a contest out of this match the price for win to New Zealand of between 1-12 points is $3.35.
In the opening Round it was the Wallabies who took an early lead that they never really looked like holding onto. $3.00 is the price with William Hill to see a repeat of Australia scoring first but eventually losing the match. To score first and win it is at $16.00. On the reverse for New Zealand to score first and lose the price is $14.50 with a win following the first score at $1.50.
Australia’s only try scorer the first Bledisloe Cup match of 2016 was substitute scrum half who was playing on the wing at the time. Injuries denied the Wallabies backline any chance to shine. William Hill is offering odds on which number jersey will score the first and last try regardless of team. Jersey of first try scorer stands at $1.70 for Number 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15 and $2.10 for Any Other Number / Penalty Try / Tryless Match. In terms of who will finish the match on a high with the last try the prices are $1.90 for Any Other Number / Penalty Try / Tryless Match and $1.85 for Number 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15.
The All Blacks will be quietly confident that they can claim the Bledisloe Cup this weekend and march on throughout The Rugby Championship. The Wallabies face the unenviable task of travelling to New Zealand in the hope of finding a spark to their series.
Bet of the Match: New Zealand to Win by 1-12 points at $3.35
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