After disappointment in their first match of the Autumn Internationals (AI), England bounced back to beat Japan by a substantial margin of 39 points (52-13). The Red Roses only gave up one try compared to Japan’s seven and England’s kicking was close to perfect with only one miss from eight attempts.
The All Blacks were nearly embarrassed by Scotland in their third game of the AI’s, they went into half time with a three-point deficit but clawed their way to victory with a stellar performance in last 15 minutes of the match. The Kiwi’s were down 23-17 in the 65th minute but a yellow card for Jack Dempsey changed the complexion of the game with the All Blacks instantly scoring after the Scotland player was in the sin-bin. They ended up scoring 14 points in the last 15 minutes and the game finished 31-23 in New Zealand’s favour.
New Zealand followed that up with a statement win against Wales and ended up winning by 32 points (55-23). This victory couldn’t have come at a better time for the Kiwi’s because there were some doubts creeping into people’s minds that New Zealand’s era of supreme dominance in Rugby Union may have been coming at an end as they had only just beat Japan by seven points and they’d also lost two consecutive home games for the first time since 1995 back in July when Ireland beat them on their home turf.
England +4 Handicap
England will need to buck up their ideas if they are to get anything from this match and with the three changes that Eddie Jones has made it seems they are going for glory. Jack Nowell and Manu Tuilagi come into the team to replace Joe Cokanasiga and Guy Porter in the only changes to the back-line. Billy Vunipola will take David Ribban’s place and Sam Simmonds will come into play the six whilst Vunipola will play at the head of the pack with Maro Itoje in the second row.
Owen Farrell and Brodie Retallick will both win their 100th cap this weekend after the latter completed his one game ban for a red card against Japan. Ian Foster has made five changes, three of which involve the Barret brothers with them all coming into the team.
We feel the home team has to be backed on the handicap here as the advantage that England fans get when playing at Twickenham can’t be understated. They’ve won on a handicap of +4 in seven of their last eight home matches, five of which were against top nations.
ENGLAND +4 HANDICAP
England v All Blacks Teams
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