Our rugby tips from Oz could turn your Saturday morning upside-down

We've some cross-code punts to recommend for Saturday morning as the Rugby Championship continues and the NRL playoffs ramp up...

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Australia v South Africa
Rugby Championship, Saturday, 11.00am

The two closest matches sides in the Rugby Championship come face to face at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday morning in what should be a razor tight encounter. They haven’t faced each other since last year’s Rugby Championship when they played out a pair of draws.

And we wouldn’t rule out a three-peat come Saturday morning.

Rugby Union – Autumn Internationals – England vs Australia – Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain – November 18, 2017 Australia head coach Michael Cheika REUTERS/Hannah McKay

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Look for Australia to get out of the blocks fast against the Boks, who’ve been slow starters in both of their games versus Argentina.

Israel Folau will hope to get over the line too on his return to the Wallabies team having suffered an ankle injury against the All Blacks.

He’s a worth a shot in the First Try Scorer market at 17/2, having touched down for 32 scores in 66 tests in the green and gold.

Recommended bets

Australia-Draw double result – 35/1
Israel Folau First Tryscorer – 17/2

 

Panthers v Warriors
NRL Finals, Saturday, 8.30am

Staying in the southern hemisphere but switching codes, the Penrith Panthers and NZ Warriors meet in a winner-takes-all clash at Panthers Stadium on Saturday morning.

Penrith have a respectable record at home this season, collecting 16 points from 12 games, where the Warriors have nabbed the same amount of points on their travels.

The last time they met saw a 36-4 thrashing doled out by the Panthers despite missing their halfback pairing.

Can an arguably stronger Panthers put a similar beating on their New Zealand counterparts this time around?

It’s unlikely, as that meeting was the last time they won by more than 12, meaning the Aussie side to win by 1-12 points looks the most likely selection here.

As far as try scorer bets go, Waqa Blake is 13/8 to score anytime which represents some value considering he has scored in six of his last eight games.

Recommended bets

Penrith Panthers to win between 1-12 points – 8/5
Waqa Blake to scorer anytime – 13/8

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