This weekend is a corker for Rugby fans. There are some big International games all viewable from the telly, and with football being on an international break and so no Premier League on the weekend, there are no distractions. That also means no excuses for not enjoying it and placing a bet to win!
England v Argentina
This is the third meeting between these two teams this year, with England leaving victors on two of those occasions with weak teams. The rugby sides don’t enjoy as bitter a rivalry as they do in football, but this is still an exciting game of English strength versus Argentina flair.
England dominates on form and after winning the Six Nations this year are very much the favourite with the bookmakers. If you’re a hail-mary kind of punter then Argentina have an incredibly talented squad. They are famed for their skill in the back line and if the pack shows up, they can more than hold their own in a scrum. With William Hill chucking 13/2 odds in your face you would be hard pressed not to put a small stake on!
Ireland v South Africa
A few years ago, this would have been one of the toughest challenges in Rugby but South Africa aren’t what they once were leaving a wounded animal available to be pounced on by the men in green. 3 wins and 2 losses in this year’s Six Nations doesn’t lose confidence or particularly gain confidence. Two victories came in Dublin though showing that Ireland are strong at home. They beat France 19-9 on this very ground this year. Bwin have Ireland have them at 4/7 to win.
South Africa still arrive with some serious clout. They won a series against France this year 3-0. Their showings against the All Blacks, both losses, one a trouncing of 57-0 and a closer 25-24 show that the Boks are very unpredictable. Still, I remember a time when South Africa was a dominant force and this side has not lost all of that. 17/10 from Unibet will see you take a tidy profit if the right Springbok side shows up.
Scotland v Samoa
Samoa are a national side in shambolic preparation. The president of the union has begged the people of the nation to bail out the bankrupt side. You would be forgiven for thinking that the Samoan’s would have one eye on this rather than their match against Scotland. However, Samoans are never one to shy away from a battle and if anything a win against Scotland could be a good advertisement for getting some much-needed funds.
For once Scotland was able to leave the six nations tournament with their head held high. A trio of wins highlighted by an exceptional win against Ireland. All of these wins came in Edinburgh and it looks like Samoa might become another scalp of a successful year for the bonnie scots. Unfortunately, the odds are heaped heavily in their favour because of this form. Perhaps a sneaky option would be to think Samoa might come out all guns blazing in the first half and Scotland to come back. This Samoa/Scotland bet would see rewards of 13/2 from 888 Sport.
Wales vs Australia
Arguably the biggest game of the weekend is Wales v Australia. Many of the Welsh players are coming off the back of an ‘almost’ Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia could be viewed as a revenge test for the players who were part of the tour. This fixture in 2016 ended in misery for Wales and a thumping 21-16 loss in Cardiff. This could be just more motivation for the players. Wales are 6/4 with Betway as the bookies favour the Wallabies.