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In-form Wallabies line-up enigmatic France

Thu, Nov 17, 4:25pm by Christopher Duffy

Preview: France v Wallabies

Date and Time: Sunday, November 20, 7am AEDT

Venue: Stade de France, Paris

TV: Bein Sports (Fox)

Autumn in the northern hemisphere is currently proving to be a much happier hunting ground for the Wallabies. Winter in the south may have brought its fair share a strife and struggles but Australia are now beginning to look like the side that made the Rugby World Cup Final. Although bigger tests are yet to come on this tour wins against Scotland and Wales can only have boosted confidence. This week they will face a France team fresh from destroying Samoa.

While this match may not technically be part of the famed Grand Slam (which consists of the ‘Home Nations,’ England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales), the Wallabies will be just as driven to win this match and continue their 100% record. Indeed as much has been said by the players and coaching staff as they look to keep momentum going heading into their final two matches of the tour. William Hill have the Wallabies as favourites to against France priced at $1.65 for the win. With young Melbourne Rebels centre Reece Hodge making an impact on the international stage there could well be more to come.

The age-old question with France in most sports but in particular in rugby union, is which side will turn up on the day? The French have often struggled for consistency with their Gallic flair a major attribute and hindrance to their national side. Again, this weekend it is hard to predict what France will do, on their day they have the capability to beat anyone on the world stage and have done so on a number of occasions. For many years France were the All Blacks nemesis. With Fijian born flyer Virimi Vakatawa in scintillating form, they may well be able to overturn odds of $2.25 with William Hill.

The addition of a margin to the winning results suggests that William Hill are favouring a close game between these two sides. A win of between 1-12 points for France stands at $3.25 whilst the same score line for Wallabies is priced at $2.70. A big win for either side would be a surprise but the prices stand at $3.75 for Australia and $6.50 for France if either team can win by 13+ points. A draw between them stands at $21.00.

With both France and Australia boasting plenty of firepower in their backlines with the likes of Vakatawa and Israel Folau topping the bill, the odds for first tryscorer are worthy of a look. William Hill are offering prices on the number jersey of the first tryscorer. For the backs to cross first the price is $1.70 for jersey Number 11, 12, 13, 14 or 15. While $2.10 stands for Any Other Number / Penalty Try / Tryless Match.

As Australia look to build towards Tests against Ireland and England they may well rest some key men. This, however, is an extremely dangerous game to play against the unpredictable French.

Bet of the Match: France to win by 1-12 points at $3.25

William Hill Market:

Straight

France: $2.25

Australia: $1.65

Line:

France (+3): $1.90

Australia (-3): $1.90

Margin:

France 1-12: $3.25

Australia 1-12: $2.70

France 13+: $6.50

Australia 13+: $3.75


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