Australia vs New Zealand: All Blacks to Sweep Arch-Rivals?
Check your diaries and make sure that October 21 is kept free. On Saturday, Australia will host New Zealand in the third and final game of the 2017 Bledisloe Cup series – and it could be a thrilling encounter. The All Blacks have won both contests between the two sides so far this year and a third looks likely at Lang Park, Brisbane.
The Wallabies pushed New Zealand close last time out but fell short, eventually losing 35-29 at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. Steve Hansen’s side have failed to inspire confidence for the most part of the year and rugby fans will recall the British and Irish Lions’ efforts on tour back in the summer. Are they there for the taking? Possibly…
Unsurprisingly, Australia boss Michael Cheika has selected a very strong squad ahead of this weekend’s game and some punters will be backing Australia for a shock win. The Wallabies have lost their last six Bledisloe Cup games but that run may end, especially as New Zealand have nothing to play for other than pride and honour. With autumn internationals in Britain fast approaching, New Zealand will want to hit their stride as they look to get revenge for this summer’s disappointing tour.
Whether there is something to play for or not, you know that New Zealand are going to go all out for the win – it is one of the main reasons why the All Blacks have dominated international rugby. Steve Hansen has selected a top-quality squad ahead of Saturday’s game and neutrals will be expecting a much improved All Blacks effort. We may be set for an open and expansive affair if New Zealand get their own way.
You can find details of all of the top Australian bookmakers here at BettingTop10, including Unibet, with whom the All Blacks are priced at 3/19 to emerge victorious, and Hansen will be determined to lead his side to another international triumph.