Rugby betting tips for Saturday's Autumn Internationals
Tom Clee talks you through his rugby betting tips for England v Japan, Scotland v South Africa and Ireland v New Zealand on Saturday.
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Here are Tom Clee's rugby betting tips for this weekend...
ENGLAND v JAPAN (15:00)
England to win by 21-30 points
Japan are no pushovers, but England still ought to win this comfortably with a team containing at least 10 players who have realistic hopes of starting at next year’s World Cup.
Ireland twice beat Japan by this margin last summer, which feels as good a yardstick as any.
Danny Care to score a try
Care has scored five tries for England since the start of last year despite only starting seven matches.
Playing from the off, he’ll get ample opportunity to snipe around the fringes on Saturday.
Charlie Ewels to score a try
Ewels has scored on each of his last two starts for England, including in a similar scenario against Samoa last autumn.
Presuming England apply plenty of pressure in Japan’s 22, the second row should get chances to pick and drive within sight of the try line.
SCOTLAND v SOUTH AFRICA (17:20)
South Africa to win by 1-12 points
Scotland have won just one of their last 13 matches against South Africa, despite playing far weaker Springbok sides than this one.
All of South Africa’s last 10 games have been decided by 15 points or fewer, though, so it’s likely to be close.
Sibusiso Nkosi to score a try
Nkosi has scored in both of South Africa’s Autumn Internationals against England and France so far.
Eight of the 14 tries Scotland conceded during this year’s Six Nations were scored by members of the opposition back three, so it’s worth backing that streak to continue.
Stuart McInally to score
Scottish hookers have scored eight tries in six consecutive Tests coming into this game.
The Springboks allowed France’s Guilhem Guirado to creep over last weekend, so there’s no reason to think that run will come to an end on Saturday.
IRELAND v NEW ZEALAND (19:00)
New Zealand to win by 1-12 points
New Zealand were fortunate to sneak past England by a single point last weekend.
Ireland have only lost by more than this margin once in their last five meetings with the All Blacks – winning one of them – so don’t expect them to be cut adrift this time around.
Over 50.5 total points
Last weekend was just the second time in 12 Tests this year that New Zealand have been involved in a game featuring fewer than 50 points.
With conditions forecast to be far better than they were at Twickenham, we should see plenty more attacking rugby.
CJ Stander to score a try
Stander has got a decent record against Southern Hemisphere sides, scoring against Australia this summer, Argentina last autumn and against New Zealand the year before that.
England showed that the All Blacks are vulnerable to the rolling maul, and the No. 8 should get his hands on the ball should Ireland employ a similar tactic.
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