Bledisloe Three in Japan
New Zealand v Australia
Bledisloe Three this week is another dead rubber, well from the Cup perspective it’s dead. However, as we now and have seen in the past dead rubbers are both dead and alive depending on the fixture. All Blacks would like nothing better than to ditch their mates across the ditch one more time.
It’s become an expectation for us in the rugby world to expect such a result. It’s sad that it has become normal. The bookies have a price on Australia, but seriously the Wallabies have no chance. Wallabies are in a bad place and while Cheika still has a job, it cannot possible be for very much longer.
I have been calling for the guy to get sacked, like his soccer equivalent Mourinho, who too is on a thread. No one is listening, and quite frankly while Cheika is still employed I will continue to oppose them. This Bledisloe campaign I went Aussie in the first game, then I realised my mistake and quickly switched before it started costing me money.
All Blacks to get their First Taste of Yokohama
This year’s match has strategically been set up in Yokohama. This stadium previously held the FIFA World Cup Final and is set to host the Final of the RWC Japan 2019. In addition it is the venue for the All Blacks clash v Springboks on the 21st of Sep 2019
Interestingly New Zealand the following week after Bledisloe Three will be playing Japan, but not in Yokohama. New Zealand have cleverly chosen this Yokohama venue as it will give them a look in on weather and conditions at this time of year. South Africa have not been given or from my knowledge not asked for this type of opportunity.
It’s been three long years since the Tasman rivals played outside of their respective back yards. In 2015 the All Blacks won their Twickenham date by 17pts and five years earlier in 2010 the Wallabies edged All Blacks by 2pts in Hong Kong. The last time these two played each other in Japan was in Tokyo in 2009 where NZ triumphed by 13pts.
The handicap set for this week is 16.5, whilst it looks statistically like the Aussies are the right go here, I will disagree. As mentioned above I am not throwing my money at a Cheika led Aussie bunch anymore. I will also keep stakes low since it is a dead rubber and it is at a neutral venue. But I will go for the All Blacks as they seem the right team to back here.
Kick off is scheduled for 08h00 GMT +2 on Saturday in Yokohama. The referee for this game will be Romain Poite (FRA), Click here for the Weather in Yokohama and if you want to follow the game on Twitter click here for the Hashtag #NZLvAUS
Call: All Blacks -16.5 at 9/10 for just 1 unit
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