After a delay in New Zealand’s trip to Perth to play Australia in round two of the Rugby Championship, they eventually battled it out last weekend after nearly a month’s break.
The Kiwis ran out 38-21 champions despite Jordie Barret receiving a red card in the 28th minute.
Australia’s problems were undoubtedly down to their first half performance as they went into the break 18-0 down and having had a one-man advantage for 12 of those minutes that does cause serious cause for concern for their chances this tournament.
Argentina haven’t had it easy either. They’ve lost back-to-back fixtures against South Africa by at least 19 point margins in each, and although those matches did both come in Port Elizabeth, it isn’t going to get any easier in this next one even if they’re at a neutral venue this time around.
However, they will take confidence in the fact they beat their next opponents for the first time ever last year in Australia, but they did get a 38-0 hammering in the rematch a fortnight later.
New Zealand -14 Point Handicap
The All Blacks look to be ticking along very nicely as although they’ve only played the likes of Tonga, Fiji (x2) and Australia (x3) this year, they can still only beat what is put in front of them and that last performance when down to 14-men for the vast majority of the game against Dave Rennies’ men proved their quality.
The head-to-head between these two nations has been completely one-sided over the last decade.
New Zealand have won 17 of the 18 meetings over that period, with 15 of them by more than 14 points and we’d be very surprised if they didn’t manage to add to that dominant record.
Will Jordan Anytime Tryscorer
We also very much like the chances of Will Jordan to set the game alight should he get a starting birth.
The winger has scored in all four matches he’s participated in this year, while he has 10 tries from his last five outings for his country dating back to November last year, scoring in each and he looks a shoo-in to get over the whitewash yet again.
NEW ZEALAND -14 POINT HANDICAP
WILL JORDAN ANYTIME TRYSCORER