The Australia Wallabies are hoping to kick off their Tri Nations tournament with a win over the thoroughly beaten South African Springboks. The first match between these two teams takes place on Saturday, July 24 at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Check out the odds available at Ladbrokes.com.au.
Hopefully the home ground advantage will give the Australians enough of a boost to compete in this tournament as they have consistently been at the bottom of the rankings in recent years. The team is planning on taking a page out of the New Zealand book of total rugby union dominance as they prepare for this match. Like the All Blacks, the Wallabies are basing their game around 80 minutes of full-on, physical footy in order to grab a win against a very strong Springboks team.
The Wallabies have added 110kg back-rower Scott Higginbotham to the squad. If the Reds player can focus his skills and make smart decisions, he’ll bring some much needed size to the team as well as some dominance on the backline that has been lacking in recent years. Benn Robinson is also named for the squad, and though there are still some questions surrounding Drew Mitchell, an appearance in Monday’s training session likely means he’s keeping his spot over Cameron Shepherd.
Another weak spot in the Wallabies’ game that will have to be remedied if they want a chance at a win is Matt Giteau’s inconsistent form. He’s a huge playmaker for the team, and undoubtedly one of the most talented, but his recent performances have lacked an essential passion. He and Quade Cooper give the team some much-needed depth. That is, if Giteau is putting in the effort. His performance will be a key factor for the Wallabies in their upcoming match.
The Springboks are hoping that this will be their opportunity to get back into the competition after they suffered two massive losses to their New Zealand rivals. Though, before you rush to Ladbrokes.com.au and put down a wager on these defending champions, keep in mind that they’ll be going into this one on the back foot with the loss of another key player. Lock Andries Bekker has been ruled out due to a knee injury. The news follows the loss of both Bakkies Botha and Jean de Villiers. The former because of a head butting incident in game one, and the latter because of a dangerous tackle in game two.
Despite the thinning out of the starting line up, the Springboks remain optimistic about their chances against the Wallabies. Head coach Peter de Villiers has emphasised a switch of focus for the team. They will now be ramping up their running game and pulling back on kicking. Also expect to see a strong focus on smarter tackling techniques, as the team can’t afford to lose any more players.
If you’re thinking about putting a wager down on the game (and who wouldn’t as these match ups are offering some tempting odds), don’t bother with the TAB. Get to Ladbrokes.com.au before the Wallabies take on the Springboks to place your bets. You won’t find better odds anywhere else, and as it’s so quick and easy to sign up, you’ll be betting like a pro in no time. Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the following odds:
- New Zealand: 1.16
- Australia: 8.00
- South Africa: 10.00