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Australia vs New Zealand Tips


Australia have not had the best time of it but they should be better on home soil. They are good value in the +17 handicap market while a home win shouldn’t be discounted.

  • Australia beat New Zealand 24-22 the last time they met on Australian soil (2020).
  • New Zealand have failed to cover the -17 handicap in 3 of their last 6 away matches to Australia.
  • New Zealand have lost 2 of their last 3 away matches against Australia.
  • New Zealand are missing 3 key players for this match.

Head to Head


New Zealand have won four of their last five matches against Australia. The All Blacks have won both meetings this season.

In the first Bledisloe Cup match New Zealand won 33-25 before beating the Wallabies 57-22 in the second match to secure the title. Both matches were played at Eden Park, Auckland.

Australia Form


Australia will be hoping for a far better performance on home soil this week. They have suffered two defeats to New Zealand this season already.

The Wallabies will be desperate to get victory in this match to build some confidence ahead of their double header against South Africa. The Bledisloe Cup has already gone to New Zealand but this is far from a dead rubber with Rugby Championship points on the line.

Australia performed above expectations in the first Bledisloe Cup match, losing 33-25 at Eden Park to New Zealand. The second match was vastly different with the All Blacks cruising to a 57-22 win.

The game itself was probably a lot closer than the scoreline suggests. Australia just made crucial errors and New Zealand made them pay for every single one.

Australia Team News


Dave Rennie has stuck with young halfback pairing of Tate McDermott and Noah Lolesio.

At inside centre Samu Kerevi gets a start while Brumbies try scoring machine, Folau Fainga’a starts at hooker.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand will be happy with their progress in 2021. They had to settle for two Test matches against Fiji and one against Tonga in the lead up to the Rugby Championship. All those matches were easily won.

In the first Bledisloe Cup fixture the All Blacks led Australia comfortably but let in three late tries. That saw the visitors get within eight points, losing 33-25 at Eden Park. 

The All Blacks hit their stride in the second match however, winning 55-22. They were potent on turnover ball and made Australia pay for some crucial errors.

In Australia things may be a bit tougher for New Zealand. The Aussies beat New Zealand 24-22 in 2020, the last match on Australian soil between the two sides.

New Zealand Team News


Ian Foster is missing three first choice players for this match. Flyhalf Richie Mo’unga, lock Sam Whitelock and scrumhalf, Aaron Smith all remained in New Zealand for the birth of their children.

All three Barrett’s start in the black jersey this week – Jordie at fullback, Beauden at flyhalf and Scott at lock.

Australia vs New Zealand FAQs

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What time does Australia vs New Zealand start?

The match is being played at 4.00pm AEST at Optus Stadium in Perth on Sunday, September 5.

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Verdict

There is great value on Australia to at least finish within 17 points of the All Blacks. They did beat New Zealand last season at home so we could see another upset.

Best Bet: Australia +17 Handicap $2.00 at bet365 Australia - 4 Units
Value Bet: Australia Win Full Time Result $7.50 at Betstar Australia - 1 Unit

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