Australia go into Sunday’s Rugby League World Cup game as overwhelming favorites against a Fiji side who have never came within 50 points of beating the Kangaroos in a test match.
Tournament favorites, Australia, are unbackable at 1.00, while Fiji are understandably rated at a massive 34.00. If you’re crazy enough to throw your money away backing the draw, you will get odds of 67.00 – but remember, a winner at small odds is better than a loser with huge ones.
With the Kangaroos looking less than impressive in their 28-10 win over England, this might be seen as a game where the high score can be racked up and confidence can be restored. Tim Sheen’s charges should be wary of the Islanders though as their side is littered with NRL talent and is spearheaded by ageless warrior Petero Civoniceva.
Their confidence is also running high after an excellent opening game where they beat Ireland 32-14.
The side which won that consisted of two sets of brothers in Ashton, Tariq and Korbin Sims and Wes and Kevin Naiqama. The sort of unity this brings will be key if they are to keep the score down in Sunday’s game.
If you think Fiji can score the moral victory and keep the defeat to less than 40 points you will get paid on 1.90. With talent such as Jarryd Hayne, Michael Jennings and Josh Morris returning to the Kangaroos first team, you would be silly to overlook 1.90 odds for them to beat Fiji by more than 40 yet again.
Indeed, it is hard to overlook the odds of 6.00 for Australia to win by more than 60 points. With several fringe players such as Daly Cherry-Evans and Boyd Cordner trying to make an impact, it is difficult to see a situation where the Aussies ease off.
If the Fijians do put up a fight it will probably be because of the finishing talent of former Kangaroo Akuila Uate. Uate opened his World Cup account with a hat-trick against Ireland in the opening game.
A nice outside punt would be for him, or one of the Fijian’s other speedsters, to catch Australia on the hop and score the opening try. It is likely the Fijians will come out fighting, so the price of 6.00 for this to happen could get you a nice return.
With a back three who are among the best at kick-returns, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that this match might end up a great deal closer than many expect. My best bet for this game is Fiji to keep Australia in their sights for most of the game and to lose by less than 28.
If you’re brave enough to follow me, you will get paid 3.75 returns if it comes to pass.
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