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Australia vs England 2nd Test Preview

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England got the money in the opening test match of the series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane last Saturday, but Australia will have their chance to gain revenge in Melbourne this weekend.

We can only hope that the second test match is as exciting as the series opener and the ARU will be desperate for Australia to take the series into a decider in Sydney next weekend.

Can England secure the Cook Cup or will Australia keep the series alive? I have analysed both teams going forward and I am confident I can find the winner for the second weekend in a row.

Australia Vs England

Saturday 18 June, 8:00pm, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium

Teams

Australia have made a number of changes to the side that went down to England in the opening game of the series.

Sean McMahon has been selected to fill the void left by the injured David Pocock at number eight, while Michael Cheika has elected to replace Scott Sio and Greg Holmes in the front row with James Slipper and Sekope Kepu.

Australia

1) James Slipper

2) Stephen Moore (c)

3) Sekope Kepu

4) Sam Carter

5) Rory Arnold

6) Scott Fardy

7) Michael Hooper (vc)

8) Sean McMahon

9) Nick Phipps

10) Bernard Foley

11) Rob Horne (vc)

12) Samu Kerevi

13) Tevita Kuridrani

14) Dane Haylett-Petty

15) Israel Folau

It was George Ford that proved the difference maker off the bench for England in Brisbane last weekend and he is set to be rewarded with a call-up to the starting team.

Jones is not expected to make any other changes to the successful English team.

Analysis

Australia will start the second test of the series as narrow $1.80 favourites, but England will be much shorter than the $2.30 that they were available last week.

The Wallabies made a very strong start to the opening test match and their first 15 minutes was as strong as the Wallabies have played in recent years, but they were unable to maintain that level and they played some very poor rugby at stages – especially in the second half.

It would have been easy for England to full to pieces after conceding the early lead, but coach Eddie Jones has instilled a great deal of belief into this side and they did not panic.

Jones pulled out a tactical masterstroke when he replaced Luther Burrell with George Ford after just half and hour and England will go into this clash with the combination of Ford at fly-half and Owen Farrell at inside centre.

It was just in the backline that England had the advantage.

England’s scrum was simply outstanding and that has led to the sacking of both Scott Sio and Greg Holmes, while the Australian forward pack will definitely go into this clash as a weaker unit without David Pocock in the side.

The kicking game of Owen Farrell was always going to be crucial and he is likely to once again be crucial in a test match that should go down to the wire.

Australia lost the plot when the pressure came on in the opening test – making a number of sloppy errors as well as tactical mistakes – and it will be tough to bounce back mentally from a defeat of that nature.

England now have seven wins from as many games under the care of Eddie Jones and there is no reason why they can’t continue their unbeaten run with the former Wallabies coach at the helm.

Other betting plays that stand out as good value is the $6 on offer for England to win 1-5 and the same price is available for Australia to win by the same margin.

Recommended Bet: England To Win @ $2

 

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