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Italy v Australia [ SS5 @ 15:45]
After last week’s draw against Wales, and the loss in their tour opener to the club side Ospreys, the Wallabies will be looking to win well against Italy on Saturday. Australian coach John Connolly continues to experiment with his backline players, most notably Matt Giteau at scrumhalf for the second week in a row. The Italians will hope the poor start to the tour and continued disruptions in team selection will help them achieve a record first win over the Wallabies, but don’t hold your breath.
Australia is -23.5 point favourites on handicap.That means if you back Australia to win on handicap they must win by 24 or more points for you to win. Similarly, if you back Italy at +23.5 points, they can win or lose by less than 23 points and you will win.
England vs Argentina [ SS1 @ 16:15]
England having equalled their worst ever losing streak, will be looking to turn their fortunes around against Argentina at Twickenham on Saturday. The English will be shaken after the hammering by the All Blacks last weekend. Argentina will be confident having won their last four games against Northern Hemisphere opponents. This should be an intriguing fixture.
England is R1.25 to win outright and Argentina is R4.30 to win. The odds on a draw are R35.00. The handicap is set at 8.5 points.
Wales vs Pacific Islands [ SS7 @ 16:30 ]
Wales will be buoyed by their performance last week against Australia for their match against the Pacific Islands touring side this Saturday. The Islands team, a patchwork combination, should be a tough test as they will probably attempt to run the ball from everywhere. The game should be exciting but Wales should have the cohesion to win.
Wales is a -12.5 point favourite on handicap and R1.25 to win outright, while the Pacific Islanders are +12.5 points on handicap and R4.50 to win outright.
South Africa vs Ireland [ MNET/SS1 @ 18:35 ]
An inexperienced Bok side will take on Ireland for the last time at the old Lansdowne road stadium on Saturday. Jake White having left several of his experienced players behind in favour of expanding his selection pool prior to the World Cup will know on Saturday evening if his new caps have what it takes. Ireland have selected their best possible fifteen in a game that will make or break this end of year tour for Jake and the Boks.
Ireland is -4.5 point favourite on handicap and R1.58 to win outright, while the Boks are +4.5 points on handicap and R2.64 to win outright. A draw is quoted at R27.00
All Blacks vs France [ SS1 @ 21:30 ]
The All Blacks coach Graham Henry continues his rotational policies for this week’s game against France. The All Blacks will be confident after pasting the Poms at Twickenham last week and will be looking to assert the same form over France on Saturday night. The French are without first choice fly-half Frederic Michelack, but Coach Bernard Laporte will be unconcerned and looking for his second win over Southern Hemisphere opponents this year.
The All blacks are R1.45 favourites to win outright and -7.5 points on handicap, while France are R3.10 to win outright and +7.5 points on handicap.