Couch Critic previews the Tri Nations clash between Argentina and Australia and this weekend's matches in the Autumn Nations Cup including best bets with @Olimp_SA
Ireland put the boot in against Wales and the Argies surprised most which meant it was only the Scots who gave us some joy last week. With COVID issues on the local front it is nice to have some proper rugby action to sink our teeth into across the pond.
Argentina vs Australia – Saturday 21 Nov @ 10:45, Newcastle Australia
The Argentines didn’t just sneak a win over the All Blacks last week, they bullied the mighty Kiwis into submission. Were the South Americans to bring that same fire and passion to Newcastle the Aussies would be in a world of hurt. The Wallabies themselves do however also come into this clash off the back of victory over the men in black.
Team news is that the Reece Hodge experiment will continue with him keeping the 10 jumper. In the pack Ned Hanigan replaces the suspended Swinton. Taniela Tupou will start alongside Paenga-Amosa and Scott Sio. This changed frontrow will know that they have been given a tough assignment in trying to nullify the Argentine power upfront.
There is just no way this Wallaby side can cope with the physicality of Argentina if they were to replicate even 80% of their efforts of last week. Dave Rennie is in the process of trying to add some steel and grunt to the Wallabies but he still has a fair way to go. One does have to worry about the ability of the South Americans to go back-to-back. They would have invested a lot both physicality and mentally into last week’s victory whilst the home team have had a chance to rest up. At the end of the day though I can’t look past the brute power of the Argies and am backing Cheika and Ledesma (both with plenty of inside knowledge) to have them revved up for one more big effort.
HT/FT – Australia / Argentina @ 9.75
Wincast – Julian Montoya first tryscorer and Argentina to win @ 41.00
Anytime Tryscorer – Jordan Petaia @ 3.00
England vs Ireland – Saturday 21 Nov @ 17:00, Twickenham
Ireland comfortably had the better of Wales whilst England weren’t troubled by Georgia in the opening weekend of the Autumn Nations Cup. The English should be pushed a heck of a lot harder by the Irish yet I don’t see them slipping up at Twickenham.
This one should revert back to those classic tight Six Nations clashes.
Wales vs Georgia – Saturday 21 Nov @ 19:15, Llanelli
Wales are in a hole at present and I struggle to see them getting out of it anytime soon. Georgia might struggle to score many themselves but I don’ t see the visitors throwing in the towel so the score should stay respectable.
Scotland vs France – Sunday 22 Nov @ 17:00, Murrayfield
The Scots showed some of their attacking powers by getting over for four tries in Italy last week. This time around it will be a different challenge as they host the high-flying French. The Frogs haven’t had an outing in the comp to date but given what we’ve seen form them over the past 12 to 18 months they are a team in sync at present. Scotland will have their hands full in trying to contain the expressive visitors and I doubt they will be able to cope well enough.
(Note, all odds quoted are subject to change)