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New Zealand vs Australia Bledisloe Cup Tips - All-Blacks to cover line in Game 2
- Game 2 of Bledisloe Cup set at Eden Park on Saturday (08:05 BST)
- New Zealand won Game 1 33-25 last week
The Wallabies and All-Blacks face off in Game 2 of the Bledisloe Cup. (Hannah Peters/Getty Images)
It was a strange game to open the Bledisloe Cup last week, which saw the All Blacks take a 1-0 lead over Australia.
It was a tight game in the first half before the All Blacks scored a late try to edge clear by 13 points. New Zealand stretched the lead considerably after halftime and looked to run away with the game, but Australia bounced back and made a game of it.
The Wallabies scored three late tries to bridge the gap, and although they were never a chance of completing the comeback, it could be a good sign for this game.
It’s unusual for the All Blacks to clock off and it would have worried coach Ian Foster. However, the All Blacks have an incredible record at Eden Park and it’s tough to ignore. They haven’t lost a test match at Eden Park since 1994, and the record is even more impressive against Australia.
We are expecting the All Blacks to play for 80 minutes on Saturday and to make a statement. They received plenty of criticism for the way they clocked off, but considering it was their first real test of the season, we’re giving them a pass mark.
New Zealand warmed up for this series against Fiji, which isn’t a great test. Australia warmed up with a hard-fought series win over France, which wasn’t overly impressive, but it was good tough rugby.
Bookmakers have the All Blacks at extremely skinny head-to-head odds. They are $1.04 to win and Australia has breached double-figure odds at $11. The points start line is 22.5, which is likely to see most of the action.
Most of the early money came for the All Blacks at 21.5 points, but after the line touched 22.5, most of the money has come for Australia. It’s a big line for New Zealand to cover, but it’s a different team at Eden Park and we don’t think they’ll let their foot off the gas.
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