What a series it’s been between these two nations as France managed their first win down under since June 1990 to level the series at 1-1 with the decider coming this Saturday.
Both tests have been decided by a narrow two-point margin and have come right down to the wire on each occasion, and there’s little to suggest this will be anything different.
Whatever the result, this French side can be proud of their efforts as they’ve brought a largely second (and in some positions, third) string side over and have gone toe to toe with this Wallabies outfit.
It’s something of a transition period for the Aussies under new coach Dave Rennie as they look to build for the 2023 World Cup in France, though they’ll still feel they should be winning this series, especially on home soil.
Either side to win by 7.5 Or Less
In the four meetings since France last toured Australia (a series which the hosts won in a 3-0 whitewash), these two nations have won two apiece, with none being separated by more than three points, so again there’s every reason to suggest this is going to be another remarkably close game.
Taniela Tupou has returned to the bench for this clash. That’s likely due to his strong ability in the scrum which will be key toward the end of the game, with Australia conceding the decisive penalty from a scrum, while Tate McDermott gets a chance to show his worth at nine too, and with a few changes coming in it’s hard to tell how that’s going to affect the side.
That leaves the Tri bet looking like a value option. Australia look too short to back in the 1x2 market considering they are still tinkering with their best XV themselves, though it’s understandable given the French record on these shores.
If the first two tests are anything to go by though, the French certainly won’t roll over easily, and that leaves the narrow win for either side good value at odds against.