Jacob Stockdale
November 8th, 2018

Home Comforts? Our Top Tips for the Autumn Internationals

By Angus Macartney

 

Ireland v Argentina: The fairytale year to continue for the Irish…

 

Jacob Stockdale

Jacob Stockdale

Ireland come into this contest slightly undercooked having only had one outing together against a weak Italian side.

Argentina on the other hand, come into Saturday’s tussle off the back of another last place in the Rugby Championship. However, it is not all bad news for the pumas; they managed to win two of their six matches including a convincing away win in Australia.

 

Argentina’s biggest threat: Nicolás Sánchez

 

Nicolas Sanchez - Argentina's Biggest Threat

Nicolas Sanchez – Argentina’s Biggest Threat

What a player – for Ireland to come through this contest they must stop Nicolás Sánchez.

The Argentine fly-half is one of the best players in the world; everything Argentina do well comes through him. Joe Schmidt must have plans in place to nullify the Sánchez threat.

 

Ireland must be prepared for a physical encounter and not look ahead to next week’s match v New Zealand.

If they give Argentina the respect they deserve, approaching the match professionally, it will be a comfortable win for the Irish.

 

Top tip: Jordan Larmour and Jacob Stockdale both to score a try

 

Jordan Larmour

Jordan Larmour

Larmour is one of the hottest properties in the sport right now with his refreshing approach taking the game to the opposition. He scored a hat-trick in his first start beating 12 defenders for a staggering 249 metres.

Last time these two sides met Stockdale stole the show scoring two impressive tries. He will fancy his chances of finding the whitewash this Saturday.

We have these two youngsters to score at a boosted price of 2/1 (in-store and on Dial-a-Bet).

 

England v New Zealand: New Zealand to teach England a lesson…

 

New Zealand's Beauden Barrett

New Zealand’s Beauden Barrett

England rode their luck last week against a South African side without some of their best players. In the dying moments of the game, a very questionable referee decision denied the Springboks a chance to snatch the victory. That said, they showed real character and commitment to grind out the much-needed result.

England’s new defence coach has his work cut out against a backline littered with talent.

Fly-half Beauden Barrett, widely accepted as the best player on the planet, will lead the backline and has plenty of options at his disposal.

Although England will put up a spirited performance and make it a physical battle, this is sure to be a tough examination of an English team short on confidence and I can’t see England living with Kiwis as the game wears on.

I think England will be well beaten on Saturday.

 

Top Tips:

  • Chris Ashton and Ben Smith both to score @ 11/2
  • Both teams to get a yellow card @ 2/1

 

Wales v Australia: Can Wales end their Australian hoodoo?

 

Wales

 

I knew that Wales have struggled against the Aussies in recent times but when I looked further into the head to head I was shocked to see that the Welsh are on a 13 match losing streak against Australia.

Perhaps the reason for this dominant head to head is that they try and play in similar ways, except the Aussies do it just that bit better.

However, this could be the perfect time to play Australia. There are question marks over the head coach Michael Cheika’s future after a disappointing run of results.

Wales also have a strong looking bench with Lions duo Liam Williams and Dan Biggar to come on in the latter stages.

That said, there is something about the Welsh that brings the best out of Australia. This could be the match to build some momentum towards the World Cup and an opportunity to relieve some pressure off Cheika.

Unsurprisingly, the betting is very close in this match up and backing the match result is unwise.

However, because it’s indoor at the Principality stadium, I expect these two attacking sides to trade blows in an end to end game – I’d advise looking at total points or team points.

 

Top tips:

  • Kurtley Beale anytime try scorer @ 7/2
  • David Pocock Man of the Match @ 12/1

 

Scotland v Fiji: Hogg and Russell to inspire Scotland…

 

Scotland's Stuart Hogg

Scotland’s Stuart Hogg

The Scots were left frustrated last week in Wales where they failed to take countless chances in the second half.

They were beaten by a clinical side and will have learnt harsh lessons that they must address for the rest of the autumn internationals.

At home, however, Scotland are a different animal. In the last year alone they have defeated England and France in the Six Nations and Australia in the Autumn Internationals.

I don’t hold any hope for Fiji facing a Scotland side eager to maintain their home record.

Under Gregor Townsend, Scotland are playing an expansive game turning down kicks at goal in search of tries.

With their key men Hogg and Russell returning this week, they are more than capable of racking up tries against a Fijian side who historically struggle to match the discipline and fitness of European sides.

 

Top tips:

  • Maitland anytime
  • Finn Russell Man of the Match
  • Scotland -15

 

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