For the first time in the history of the sport, the fierce trans-Tasman rivalry between Australia and New Zealand will be played out on the game’s grandest stage after the Wallabies and All Blacks won through to the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final at Twickenham this weekend.
The Bledisloe Cup is one of world rugby’s most brutal contests year in, year out and the long-running rivalry between two standout southern hemisphere nations is sure to add spice to the 2015 Rugby World Cup final.
The match will take place early Sunday morning Australian time and we’re offering the best odds on the widest range of markets for the 2015 Rugby World Cup!
From the outset of the 2015 Rugby World Cup it has been clear Australia and New Zealand were the standout nations, so it seems only fitting the two will meet for the first time in Sunday morning’s decider, undefeated.
The two nations have met twice in 2015 so-far; the Wallabies claiming the Rugby Championship via an impressive 27-19 win in Sydney on August 8th before the All Blacks responded with a crushing 41-13 triumph to retain the Bledisloe Cup at Eden Park the following week.
In what is sure to add another element to the fixture, the winner of the 2015 Rugby World Cup final will become the first nation to lift the Webb Elllis Trophy for a third time.
The Wallabies topped the ‘Group of Death’ after posting a perfect four wins from as many games, highlighted by a commanding performance to confirm host nation England’s exit from the World Cup and a gritty win over Wales.
Lucky to withstand a spirited Scotland with a last-gasp victory in the quarterfinals, Australia ensured their position in the Rugby World Cup final with a weathering win over a brave Argentina outfit last weekend.
If Australia is to beat New Zealand and become the first nation to win a third Webb Ellis trophy, it is the forward pack Coach Michael Cheika will have to focus a lot of his efforts on this week.
Prop Scott Sio’s absence was clear in the Wallabies’ win over Argentina, and the Brumbies hard man is no certainty to line up for Saturday decider. The Australian scrum was also penalised five times last weekend and that figure is simply too high if they are to see off the All Blacks.
One area Australia arguably beats New Zealand currently is at the breakdown; headed by Number 8 David Pocock and Flanker Michael Hooper. If the pair, along with Scott Fardy and the back row can withstand the barrage of Richie McCaw and Kieran Reed the Wallabies will be a long way towards success.
Australia’s backline is big, multi-dimensional and have proven several times through the tournament they are among the world’s best defenders. Bernard Foley will have to produce a similar effort to that he mustered against Los Pumas last weekend, and he cannot afford to have a wayward evening with the boot.
While undefeated at the Pool stage of the Rugby World Cup it was clear to see New Zealand required a couple of games to find peak condition, but have more than stamped themselves as the nation to beat since reaching the knockout phase of the tournament.
Expected by many to be troubled by their ‘bogey’ nation France in the quarterfinals, New Zealand more than silenced their critics with a dominant 62-13 demolition before withstanding a typically spirited effort from South Africa last weekend.
Some of World rugby’s great minds make up the All Blacks team, which boasts a big forward pack and amazingly-skilful backline, blended with old heads and a new breed of stars.
Sure to add plenty of fuel to the fire, New Zealand will farewell the likes of Dan Carter, Richie McCaw, Ma’a Nonu, Tony Woodcock, Conrad Smith and Keven Mealamu from World Cup honours following the match and will do everything in their power to send the elites off on a winning note.
Australia vs New Zealand Betting
We’re offering a range of unique betting options for the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final, including Footy Freaks! Combine an any time try scorer bet with that player’s respective nation winning for inflated odds!
World Cup Final Footy Freaks
Ben Smith scores a try and New Zealand wins: $5
Israel Folau scores a try and Australia wins: $9
Ma’a Nonu scores and New Zealand wins: $5.25
Matt Giteau scores and Australia wins: $15
Kieran Read scores and New Zealand wins: $7
David Pocock scores and Australia wins: $13
The 2015 Rugby World Cup has offered plenty of value from a betting perspective since the first match between England and Fiji, but perhaps nothing more lucrative than what is available for this weekend’s final.
The world’s benchmark for the best part of a decade, the All Blacks remain clear $1.42 favourites in head-to-head betting markets to defeat the Wallabies ($3.15) in the Rugby World Cup Final.
Try scorer markets always figure as a lucrative betting option and that is certainly the case for the World Cup Final. Adam Ashley-Cooper was unstoppable last weekend and crossed three time for the Wallabies. The former Waratahs flyer offers great value at $3 odds to score any time, while Australia’s hero against England, Bernard Foley, can be taken at a quote of $6 in the same market.
Transversely, New Zealand’s apparent ability to score from any position on the field means there is plenty of value to be had if you think the All Blacks will win. Full back Ben Smith represents value at a quote of $3.25 to score a try at any point.