Home Nations Rugby Union Betting Preview

Rugby Union
Updated Thursday 21st February 2019, 04:10 PM


The Home Nations are in action this weekend as England play Australia, Scotland take on Japan and Wales aim for victory in New Zealand. England will be look to complete a 3-0 series whitewash against Australia in their own back yard for the first time, while Scotland will be hoping for another win against Japan and Wales will want to avoid a third series defeat against the All Blacks.   

Form

  • England are yet to taste defeat in 2016 and are on the brink of completing a 3-0 series win in Australia for the first time. A high-scoring game in Brisbane finished 39-28 to the tourists, before an overwhelming 23-7 England win in Melbourne a week later clinched the series win, an outcome that, prior to the tour, was described by prop Dan Cole as being “as good as winning the Grand Slam”. 
  • Both Scotland and Japan have had a mixed set of recent results, with both recording three wins and two defeats in their last five games. The Scots may have the psychological advantage ahead of this meeting after seeing off their opponents 26-13 only a week ago.
  • Wales go into their game with New Zealand with just one win in their last six games, a routine 67-14 Six Nations victory over Italy, while in contrast, the All Blacks are hurtling towards a year without defeat. The Welsh crashed to a 39-21 loss in Auckland a fortnight ago, before narrowing the margin of defeat slightly when the two sides met a week later in Wellington, with the game finishing 36-22.   


Sports.net’s view

Eddie Jones has maintained his 100 percent win rate with England so far, and don’t expect him to give it up easily, despite the series win already being guaranteed. The 2003 World Cup winners have recorded their first tour win over the Wallabies in their history and Jones and his men will be hoping to complete a 3-0 drubbing this Saturday, an outcome that is priced at 21/20 . Australia come into this match as the underdogs, but will hope that they can provide England with a last sting before they return home. The Wallabies are reasonably priced at 7/5 to win the game with a +5 handicap. Both sides could well go all out to win this final test match, with odds of 13/5 on England breaking the 30-point barrier before their opponents, while you can get 11/4 on Australia reaching that marker first.

Scotland’s victory over Japan last week may instill confidence in the side ahead of their second meeting in the space of seven days. Scotland are the overwhelming favourites for this tie, but more favourable wagers may be found in the handicap market, with odds of 10/11 for a Scotland win with a -12 handicap. In a game that could provide lots of scoring opportunities, a bet on Japan to lead after 20 minutes may prove worthwhile - 12/5.     

Wales have a truly abysmal record against New Zealand and are without a win against the world champions since 1953. Twenty-eight meetings later, and the men in red will be determined not to succumb to a 3-0 series loss when the sides meet in Dunedin. The Welsh are 12/1 to secure the win, while the All Blacks are evens to win the tie with a -22 point handicap. If the two previous meetings are anything to go by, expect plenty of points to be scored, with Ben Smith (17/2) a fair tip to grab the first try.      

  • Sports.net’s top tip: England to win by 13 or more points 4/1

 

*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.

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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 February 2019 04:10:59+00:00
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