Wollongong Showground plays host to the Aussies and Kiwis on Friday night as
the Kangaroos seek revenge for last year’s Trans-Tasman Test loss in Auckland.
proved too good for Tonga last week in their 34-14 victory, while the Aussies
have enjoyed an extra week off prior to their opening game.
a fiery encounter when these two sides get together, and although the market
firmly favours the green and gold, we’ve still found plenty of value in our
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sides have split their last two games one win apiece as New Zealand got the
better of Australia with a nail-biting 26-24-win last year.
Kangaroos trumped the Kiwis with a blowout 30-12 victory in 2017, and typically
speaking, Australia tends to save their best for New Zealand.
last five meetings, the Aussies have outscored their rivals from across the
ditch 126-60. That explains the bookies setting a 10.5-point line for Friday
nights game, but when you take a look at the team lists, there’s every reason
to believe this game could be closer.
Australia’s backline looks strong with James Tedesco and Latrell Mitchell in the fold, but there’s plenty of strength in the Kiwi lineup in the form of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Ken Maumalo.
Cameron Munster’s battle against Shaun Johnson should provide plenty of drama.
Munter hasn’t played since the Storm lost to the Roosters in the Prelims, while
Johnson was outstanding last week in the World Cup 9s.
also mark a first the first time Munster and Daly Cherry-Evans have played
together in Australian colours. The pair will be relied on heavily in this
game, especially with Johnson posing a serious try-scoring threat.
Michael Maguire has his team humming along nicely right now with New Zealand
putting up 30-points in their last two games. With that in mind, back the Kiwis
to keep this close.
Tip: Back New Zealand to Cover the Line (+10.5 Points) @ $1.90
three games between Australia and New Zealand have all resulted in 42-points or
more. The bookies have set a 42.5-point line for Friday’s game, but it still
feels like this one could be headed Under with two very talented back lines.
Tip: Under 42.5 Total Points
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Johnson was a one-man wrecking ball at the World Cup 9s last weekend scoring a
pair of tries and also having an involvement helping teammates over the line.
Things won’t come quite so easy this week, but Johnson poses plenty of problems
to the Australian backline with a handful of well-rested stars around him.
also mark Josh Addo-Carr’s representative debut as he hopes to cap off a very
impressive year both at club and Origin level. Carr is the favourite to cross
the line at any time while Storm teammate Cameron Munster could also pose a problem
for New Zealand if the pair strike up some chemistry.
Finally, if you’re looking for a bit of a roughie, don’t sleep on Jared Waerea-Hargreaves. The Roosters prop played a big part in the Grand Final win and has enjoyed a few weeks off to prepare for this game. He doesn’t score often, but Waerea-Hargreaves should see plenty of the ball in the forward line.
Tip: Josh Addo-Carr ($1.85), Cameron Munster ($2.80), Shaun Johnson ($3.20), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves ($6.50) Anytime Try Scorers