The autumn series of Test Ruby will be with us this weekend and there are some big matches to come from the home nations as they take on the might that the Southern Hemisphere has to offer. The action kicks off this weekend with Wales taking on Australia and Ireland facing up against the might of New Zealand. England and Scotland will enter the fray the following weekend.
So can Wales get the better of Australia? There has been some fantastic clashes between these two in recent meetings. Five of the last six clashes between the two nations have only been settled by a margin of five points or fewer. So the Dragons have stood up to the power of Australia, but the Welsh were easily beaten when the two met a year ago, Australia running out 15-6 winners to extend their winning streak to eleven against them.
So a tough game for Wales, but the last time that met in Wales, it was a nail-biter of a 33-28 win for the Wallabies. If Wales think they have a tough game on their hands then Ireland will have to defy some massive odds to come through their test against the Kiwis. In the 2016 Rugby Championship (the old Tri-Nations) New Zealand beat Australia 42-8 and 29-9 in their two meetings as the All Blacks marched to the title with six wins from six.
The All Blacks have put together a record 18 match winning streak and frankly look unstoppable. They will be defending an unbeaten record against Ireland as well having won 27 and drawn 1 of the previous 28 meetings with the Irish. New Zealand are currently on a 22 match winning streak against the Irish. The last time they met was back in November 2013 and the Kiwis edged out a 24-22 win. They have scoring power in abundance and have racked up at least 22 points in each of their last ten against the Irish.
Bookmaker Betfred are running a Double Delight promotion running of the Autumn series matches this weekend on November 5th. For Wales v Australia and Ireland v New Zealand if you back a winning First Try scorer who then goes on to touch down for a second time in the match, then the bookmaker will pay you out double your original First Try scorer odds! This applies only to pre-match wagers.