Rugby union fans, the third and final weekend of the autumn internationals is here. We’ve got a feast of international rugby for you, starting with Scotland vs Australia and ending with Ireland hosting Argentina at the Aviva Stadium. On the opening weekend, we had a winning accumulator and I’ve scoured 888sport’s rugby union betting markets in an attempt to claim a second winning four-fold of the month...
Scotland vs Australia
Scotland will take plenty of confidence from last weekend’s narrow defeat to New Zealand – on another day, they might have picked up a result from that game. Gregor Townsend is still trying to put his own stance on the squad whilst building on Vern Cotter’s excellent work as national team head coach and another close contest looks likely at Murrayfield.
Don’t read too much into England’s 30-6 victory over Australia last weekend; the result was very flattering towards Eddie Jones’ side. The Aussies were still in contention before a hectic final 10 minutes and Michael Cheika’s thoughts have been well documented in the media. If truth be told, Australia should be strong enough to win here.
TIP: Australia to win @ 1/2
England vs Samoa
England’s record under Eddie Jones is sensational and another convincing victory looks likely this weekend. The handicap may be a little on the long side at -32.5 points but England fans will be expecting a dominant performance at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon. Jones has picked a squad to go out and attack – and that is exactly what England will do.
Samoa are no slouches though, as shown in their defeat to Scotland earlier this month. With seven English-based players in their starting line-up, Samoa will not be adverse to an English style of rugby and this could be closer than some believe. Their last win over a Tier 1 nation came way back in 2014 though so a shock success is very unlikely.
TIP: England to be winning by 14 points or more at half-time @ 4/6
Wales vs New Zealand
Warren Gatland’s men came under intense pressure against Georgia last weekend and it is difficult to be inspired by Welsh efforts so far during the autumn internationals. There will be plenty of passion and endeavour on show at the Principality Stadium and, with a bit of luck, Wales could cause New Zealand a few issues. A hard one to call...
The All Blacks have been some way below their brilliant best but New Zealand don’t always need to be in tiptop condition to win Tier One rugby matches – such is the strength of Steve Hansen’s squad. New Zealand will be looking to send out a statement though after crawling over the line against Scotland and this one could get ugly if the All Blacks go for the throat.
TIP: New Zealand to score first and win @ 3/5
Ireland vs Argentina
Consistency haunts Joe Schmidt’s Ireland and it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the hosts struggle to put Argentina away on Saturday evening. After their demolition of South Africa on the opening weekend, most predicted that Ireland would run riot against Fiji but the Irish limped over the finishing line in a hard fought encounter.
Argentina showed plenty of resilience against England and the tourists will be confident of snatching a positive result here. It will take some collapse on Ireland’s behalf for the Pumas to win but a solid performance looks likely. The +20.5 handicap looks favourable at 1/2 and neutrals will be expecting a much closer game than the line suggests.
TIP: Argentina +20.5 on the handicap @ 1/2
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*