November is a month synonymous with great international rugby action, as the best of the world’s southern hemisphere sides come north to smash it up.
Already the month has offered us some unbelievable stories – such as an unforgettable first ever win for Ireland over the All Blacks in Chicago, an English dismantling of South Africa and a Scotland falling again narrowly to Australia.
With a third week of quality action just around the corner, we’ve decided to tee up a 7/1 treble for fans of the oval ball to maul over!
Here’s our selections…
Poor, poor Scotland… seconds away from the greatest win in their history last year in the World Cup quarter-final, only have it snatched away by Australia with less than two minutes to go by a single point. Surely, it couldn’t happen again could it?
Yes it could is the answer! Having lead for the vast majority of the game, the Wallabies once again broke Scottish hearts as Tevita Kuridrani showed no sympathy scoring with four mintutes remaining to steal another one point win over their hosts.
Argentina for their part come into the contest on the back of a tight four point loss to Wales in Cardiff last week, but in truth it was a dire contest.
Vern Cotter’s men will be all out to pick off one southern hemisphere scalp this November and this game is probably their best chance, we think they might just edge it at .
Transition hasn’t been an easy process for Guy Novès and his French team since he took over after their shambolic showing at the Rugby World Cup.
Wins over Ireland and Italy in the Six Nations, were quickly followed by four losses in-a-row for Les Blues. They’ve won their last two, but seem to be coming into this game a bit undercooked as a facile win over Samoa last week is their only preparation for a battle hardened Aussie outfit.
There’s been no messing from Michael Cheika’s men since they came north – picking off victories in Wales and Scotland in the process.
They’ve been spurned on from criticism a home, and from New Zealand in particular into upping their performance level this November and we think they should have more than enough to take down the French at .
There really is no bigger game in world rugby this weekend than this one between the Boys in Green and the All-Blacks. Ireland’s miracle in Chicago ensured that, but have no doubt about it – New Zealand are pissed!
They hide it well, but Steve Hansen’s men will be all out to right that wrong on Saturday evening and you only have to look at their team selection to confirm that.
All-star locks Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock return to the side from the US game, and with World Rugby’s player of the year Beauden Barrett in their ranks the All-Blacks will be looking to reassert their dominance over the men in green after losing their grip on a 111-year unbeaten record.
Ireland coach Joe Schmidt plans to fight fire with fire, recalling the talismanic Sean O’Brien to replace the injured Jordi Murphy to line out with Chicago’s history makers.
Ireland are still outsiders and a repeat performance is a little tough to see against a motivated All-Blacks outfit, but they have more than enough to cover the handicap when you add (+16) to their score at .