Rugby Union Autumn Internationals 2017 Preview - Saturday 18th November

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Updated Tuesday 5th December 2017, 03:49 PM

England, Ireland and Scotland will all be looking to secure their second wins of their autumn campaigns following a successful opening weekend, whilst Wales need to bounce back from a disappointing defeat in their opener.

Wales host an ever-improving Georgia at the Principality Stadium after falling short against the Wallabies, and Eddie Jones’ England then take centre stage against Australia in south-west London. The mighty All Blacks are the visitors to BT Murrayfield, home of Scotland, before Ireland – buoyed by their battering of the Boks – come up against the flying Fijians in Dublin. Sports.net has all the action previewed below.

Wales v Georgia

  • Winner: Wales 1/10, Georgia 11/2, Draw 33/1 – William Hill

Wales’ miserable losing streak against Australia extended to thirteen games with an ever-predictable 29-21 loss last weekend. Compounded by an injury to star centre Jonathan Davies – ruling the Scarlet out of action for around six months – it was a tough day at the office for the men in red. They’ve now lost 33 of their 36 games against the SANZAR nations with Gatland at the helm, but attention must now turn to Tier Two Georgia, where they’re 1/5 on with Ladbrokes to be leading at half time.

It’s expected to be a much-changed Wales XV with games against New Zealand and South Africa to come, and they’re clear 11/4 favourites with Coral to win on Saturday by 1-12 points. The hosts are priced at 1/4 with William Hill to score the game’s first try, and although the travelling Georgians may provide stubborn resistance, expect the men in red to pull away in the latter stages. A Welsh half time winning margin of 8-14 points at 11/4 with BetVictor looks a particularly attractive bet.

As for Georgia, they come into this clash off the back of a six-try, 54-22 rout over Canada. Full-back Soso Matiashvili was in particularly fine form in Tbilisi, scoring 34 of his team’s 54 points. However, they can expect a tougher encounter against a Welsh outfit with a point to prove.

Although underdogs, the Georgians are 7/2 with Ladbrokes to be the first team to 10 points and 3/1 with William Hill to cross the for the game’s final try. Elsewhere, you can find odds of 22/1 with BetVictor for Milton Haig’s side to claim an historic scalp by 6-10 points.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winning Margin
Wales by 11-15 Points
11/2
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England v Australia

  • Winner: England 3/10, Australia 13/5, Draw 25/1

England against Australia is one of rugby’s great sporting rivalries, and Saturday’s Twickenham Test, when the hosts will face a rejuvenated and revitalised Wallaby outfit, is being billed as the toughest examination of Eddie Jones’ England tenure to date. After an unconvincing 21-8 win over the leggy Pumas last time out, the home side find themselves 4/5 to be leading at both half and full time. World Player of the Year nominees Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje are expected to come back into the XV after being rested, and the Red Rose are 4/6 with William Hill to score the game’s first points.

England last tasted defeat to Australia at the 2015 Rugby World Cup, and know they will need to up their game if they’re to make it 21 wins from 22 games under Jones’ leadership. They’re 8/13 with Coral to win with a handicap of six points in what could be a thrilling, all-action encounter between the teams currently ranked the second and third best in world rugby. William Hill has 10/11 on the total number of tries being an even number, and England are 5/6 with Coral to score an odd number of points.

As for Australia, their autumn tour started in fine fashion with a professional 29-21 job on Wales in Cardiff. Head coach Michael Cheika would undoubtedly love to get one over this fellow countryman Jones, and his side are 10/3 with Boylesports to do the business by 1-12 points on Saturday.

This Wallaby outfit is renowned for scoring tries, especially in the backline, and they’re 11/4 with Ladbrokes to reach the 20 point mark before England. However, England secured a famous 3-0 Test series victory over Australia last summer, and the home faithful will demand more of the same at the weekend.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Winning Margin
England by 1-12 Points
8/5
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Scotland v New Zealand

  • Winner: Scotland 13/1, New Zealand 1/25, Draw 50/1 – 888Sport

Despite thirty attempts, Scotland have never beaten New Zealand in a rivalry dating back to 1905, when the All Blacks won 12-7 in Inverleith. Fast forward 112 years, and Saturday is the latest opportunity for Gregor Townsend’s men to rewrite the history books. Without WP Nel, Tim Swinson and Rob Harley through injury, BetVictor has 20/1 on Scotland/Scotland in the Half Time/Full Time betting. It’ll concern the Scottish coaching staff that they conceded five tries in last weekend’s 44-38 triumph over Samoa, and they’ll need to shore up defensively against New Zealand.

Scotland are 13/1 with 888Sport in the Draw No Bet betting ahead of this weekend, and captain John Barclay has called on his teammates to raise their game for one of the toughest challenges in world rugby. If they do that, they’re in with a chance, which makes the 6/1 odds from Boylesports for Scotland to be leading by 1-7 points at half-time all the more tempting.

New Zealand have already played three games on their autumn tour, with a 31-22 win over Barbarians following back-to-back victories against France in Paris and Lyon. Understandably heavy favourites with the bookmakers to register their 31st victory over Scotland, Steve Hansen’s men are 2/5 odds-on with William Hill to score first, and then 4/11 with BetVictor to score last. They have quality players all over the pitch in every position, and often enjoy playing at BT Murrayfield, so expect tries come Saturday afternoon because they certainly know where the tryline is.  

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Half Time Winning Margin
New Zealand by 8-14 Points
11/4
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Ireland v Fiji

  • Winner: Ireland 1/40, Fiji 12/1, Draw 50/1 – Betfred

Joe Schmidt’s Ireland will be full of confidence at the Aviva Stadium after brushing aside a woefully disappointing Springbok side 38-3 last time out in Dublin. That four-try record win got their autumn campaign off to the perfect start, and they’ll be relishing the prospect of running out again this weekend against Fiji. The home side, 1/5 with Ladbrokes in the race to 10 points, have called up Michael Bent as cover ahead of the game, with John Ryan an injury doubt.

Expect several changes to made to the Irish XV, with Joey Carbery tipped to start at fly-half for the rested Johnny Sexton. They’ll want to be play with the same precision and accuracy that they demonstrated again the Boks, and are 2/15 to be leading at half and full time. For those looking at the winning margins, Ireland can be found at 2/11 with Boylesports to win by 13+ points and 4/1 with Ladbrokes to prevail by 11-20 points.

The Fijians, coached by John McKee, underwhelmed in their 19-10 reverse last weekend against Italy in Catania. They’ll be looking for a much-improved display seven days on, and shouldn’t be written off completely. They have potent attacking threats that are capable of causing an upset, including Ben Volavola and Leone Nakarawa. The visitors are 5/6 with Coral to score an even number of points, and 14/1 with Boylesports to pull off an historic victory by 1-12 points. However, it’s hard to look past the men in green and a home win.

Sports.net’s Top Tip

Type Odds Provider Bet Now
Half Time Winning Margin
Ireland by 8-14 Points
11/4
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