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England will be looking to put a stop their ten-match run without a win against South Africa on Saturday as we take a look at all the major odds for a weekend of international rugby.
The Boks winning record against the Red Rose stretches all the way back to November 2006, where a makeshift England side surprised their opponents with an all-action display that resulted in a 23-21 victory.
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Since then it has been win after win for the Boks, and that past record will surely play a part in their mentality for this weekend’s clash.
Although, South Africa are currently in the midst of a re-generation process in terms of their playing staff, coach Heyneke Meyer will have been very pleased with the way their youngsters have adapted to the Autumn internationals thus far. Their 16-12 beating of Ireland two weeks ago was backed up with a bruising 21-10 victory against Scotland.
Both games won’t exactly be remembered as classics by anyone that viewed them but the hard-hitting Boks at the moment certainly prefer to approach games with substance mentality rather than style.
England will be ready for a huge battle in the front rows against the tourists and will need to compete with more enthusiasm that they did in their 14-20 defeat to Australia last weekend. Stuart Lancaster has rung the changes up front with Joe Launchbury, Alex Corbisiero, Tom Wood and Ben Morgan coming in and Ben Youngs and Mike Brown providing different options in the backs.
The front row is where the game will be won, but the bookmakers are undecided which side will dominate. Both sides can backed at Evens to triumph, with South Africa best-priced with Bet365 and England with Ladbrokes.
The draw, which would be a skinner of a result for the bookies, is available to be backed at 20/1 with Paddy Power and shouldn’t be ruled out. The last meeting between these sides finished as a 14-14 draw at Port Elizabeth in the summer.
Of the two sides, it is been widely reported that South Africa have seen more support from punting circles in recent days, with their winning mentality arguably the main reason behind the plunge.
The try scoring markets are fascinating for this match. Free-flowing attacking rugby will be at a premium on Saturday, to such an extent that the “No Try-Scorer” betting option being fourth on the bookies’ list behind Chris Ashton, Francois Hougaard and JP Pietersen. Intriguingly, the 14/1 with Ladbrokes has been backed with punters expected a low scoring, kicking dominated game.
If the dangerous Pietersen, who looks a decent 12/1 shot with Ladbrokes to score first, does score a try then it would see him overtake wing Chester Williams in the Springboks’ all-time try-scoring list.
Meanwhile, Wales’ stuttering autumn international season doesn’t get much easier on Saturday as New Zealand are the latest visitors to the Millennium Stadium.
Wales came into this period of matches looking to break into the world’s top four but defeats against Argentina and Samoa have left the squad reeling and the last thing they need is a match against the World Champions.
Wales have not beaten New Zealand since 1953, losing all 24 games since a 13-8 win in Cardiff. The odds suggest that nothing is set to change this weekend with the Kiwi’s 1/16 with Ladbrokes to see off the hosts, whilst Wales are available to back at 8/1 with Irish firm Paddy Power.
Ireland are also in action as they are well supported 1/2 shots with Bet365 to see off Argentina, whilst the tourist are outsider at 13/8 with Ladbrokes.