Bledisloe 3: New Zealand v Australia Preview

A rugby player fends off a tackle New Zealand will take on Australia in the third and final Bledisloe Cup Test in Japan on the 27th of October. 


New Zealand v Australia
Saturday, 27 October 2018
Yokohama International Stadium, Japan
08:00

To Win (80 mins)
New Zealand 1/10
Draw 35/1
Australia 57/10

Handicap
New Zealand -16.5 (9/10)
Australia +16.5 (9/10) 


New Zealand

The All Blacks have already wrapped up the Bledisloe Cup after their two convincing wins over the Wallabies in the Rugby Championship.

All Black coach Steve Hansen will use his end of year tour to get the players used to the Japanese culture and facilities ahead of next years Rugby World Cup. He'll also give the young guns a go to perhaps add to his Rugby World Cup final squad.

Vaea Fifita, Richie Mo’unga, Jack Goodhue, were among the 32 man group set to tour Europe. Hansen has also named 10 uncapped played that will join the team for the Japan Test.

The All Blacks were once again  dominant as they scooped their sixth Rugby Championship title, only losing one match to South Africa.

Australia

The Wallabies will be eager to improve their current rugby form with a strong display against the All Blacks. Michael Chieka was in hot water after the team's recent poor results, but dodged the axe, as the Australian Rugby Board showed him support, but clearly the Wallabies can't afford to lose a coach amidst the Rugby World Cup.

Reece Hodge will miss the end of year tour due to a fractured ankle, Samu Kerevi will be brought into the training camp as a possible replacement for Hodge.

Australia's last Bledisloe Test win was in 2017 when thy beat the All Blacks 23 - 18 in Brisbane. But apart from that the Wallabies have only won 36 of the 140 Bledisloe Test's played, with six ending in draws.

Verdict: New Zealand (-16.5) 9/10 
With the Australians still trying to find their feet, a win here in Japan is very unlikely. I see the All Blacks running in an array of late tries, but an even contest in the first half. 


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