Rugby Championship Round 2 Betting Tips

Published: 22.08.2018

The Rugby Championship got off to a very poor start for the Wallabies. There’s no time for the Australia players to lick their wounds after last weekend’s big defeat to New Zealand though as it’s right back to business on Saturday with the second round of fixtures.

We’ll be bringing you the best bets and betting offers throughout the Rugby Championship at Aussiefreebet.com.au so let’s get stuck into the action.

Rugby Championship Round 2 Betting Tips

New Zealand v Australia Betting Tips

Defeat in the Bledisloe Cup always hurts. Last weekend’s loss in Sydney was particularly difficult for Australia fans to swallow though.

The Wallabies knew they were up against it and that they’d need to defend well. Things started well enough with some stubborn defending but there were signs of what was to come when Australia started giving up possession far too easily.

After a host of turnovers including seven lost lineouts, the New Zealand pressure eventually began to tell. The All Blacks were absolutely ruthless against the fractured Wallabies and ended up winning by 25 points.

That does not bode well for Saturday’s match at Eden Park where Australia have not won since 1986. It also does not bode well for the Wallabies’ under-fire coach, Michael Cheika.

Some of the criticism that has come Cheika’s way has clearly hurt the 51-year-old but while he has defended his position as Australia head coach it’s not going to get any easier for him at Eden Park.

We fully expect Australia’s Bledisloe Cup drought to continue for a 17th year. There’s little point backing New Zealand at a general $1.04 though so we’ll have to get a little more creative with our betting tips.

While many believe that Australia simply lack quality compared to New Zealand, there are those who believe the problem comes down to a lack of fitness on the Wallabies’ part. Australia certainly caved in during the second half in Sydney and we believe the All Blacks will take full advantage as the game wears on in Auckland.

Therefore, we recommend first having a bet on New Zealand to win by over 12 points which should come in fairly easily at $1.30 with Neds.

For those comfortable taking a bit more of a risk, the Australia/New Zealand selection in Palmerbet’s half time/full time market could be worth a play at $7.50.

Australian pride will be hurting and they showed they can compete with New Zealand when taking an early six-point lead in Sydney. The class of the All Blacks will tell but don’t be surprised if the Wallabies start like a team with a point to prove.

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Argentina v South Africa Betting Tips

Argentina are always going to need their best stuff to have a chance of picking up points in the Rugby Championship.

The Pumas have only won three matches since entering the tournament in 2012 but it looked as though they were on their way to a massive win in Durban last weekend when they went into the half time break with the lead.

South Africa kicked on to win the match but the Pumas’ performance will give them and their fans hope for Saturday’s match in Mendoza.

The Springboks are still learning the ropes under their exciting new head coach, Rassie Erasmus. They should ultimately have too much class but this should be close so bet on Argentina +6 points at $1.91 with Bet365.

We think this is going to be a cracking match which could have another thrilling finish. Therefore, have a bet on the second half having more points than the first at $1.83 with Betstar.

Rugby Championship Round 2 Top Betting Tips

New Zealand to beat Australia by over 12 points at $1.30 with Neds

Australia/New Zealand in half time/full time at $7.50 with Palmerbet

Argentina +6 points against South Africa at $1.91 with Bet365

Second half to have more points than the first in Argentina v South Africa at $1.83 with Betstar

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