Tri-Nations & Autumn Nations Cup Multi at 6.40
By Carl Lewis
Once again there is lots International rugby to sink your teeth into. After last weeks crazy Argentinian upset, we look ahead at a few intriguing fixtures this weekend.
We’ve created an International Rugby Multi from the Argentina v Australia in the Tri-Nations and Autumn Nations Cup where Ireland will try and edge England and the Georgians will be relishing their chance to beat a second-string Welsh side.
Argentina v Australia(Saturday – 10:45 SA time)
Two sides that recently overcame New Zealand clash on Saturday in Sydney. For Australia, it’s an opportunity to extend their recent home record to four wins from their last five matches.
Argentina must be brimming with confidence after their maiden win over the All Blacks last week. They finally got it right in their 35th attempt of trying. However, I believe Argentina will not be able to reach the level of last in a physical, emotional and mental sense.
Considering they haven’t played Test Rugby in over a year before last week, fatigue and condition might come into play. I reckon the Aussie will win this one on home soil.
England v Ireland(Saturday – 17:00 SA time)
England’s have dominated this fixture against Ireland in recent years. Their record includes three consecutive HT/FT wins by a margin of at least 12 points. Ireland’s 24-15 win at Twickenham in their Grand Slam year of 2018 their only away victory to England since the start of 2011.
I expect England to win but the Irish will feel in good shape after a dominant 32-9 over Wales last week. I reckon it will be a tighter affair than the handicap suggests.
Wales v Georgia (Saturday – 19:15 SA time)
Wales were dominated physically by the Irish last week and they can expect more of the same in terms of an attritional battle amongst the forwards. Wales have taken a risk with their team selection, fielding a second-string side. The Georgians who will fancy themselves to turn the match into a physical forward’s based battle. Again, this match could be much closer than the handicap suggests.