Tri-Nations predictions

There has been some interesting discussion on The Rugby Blog this week about the prospects for the Tri-Nations, and whilst the tournament may be dragging on a little by mid-September, you can’t help but be excited about the Bledisloe Cup clash this weekend.

Stirling Mortlock

The All Blacks host Australia at Eden Park in Auckland in the opening game of the Tri-Nations tomorrow, and the Wallabies will be eyeing a rare Away victory in New Zealand.

The men in black were not hugely impressive in their recent Test matches against France and Italy, and Australia will fancy their chances even with the return of Rodney So’oialo and Sitiveni Sivivatu to the home side, and even though they haven’t won at Eden Park since 1986 – the All Blacks haven’t lost to anyone there since 1994.

Australia will be looking to avenge their series defeat against New Zealand last summer when they built considerable leads, only to be hauled back and ultimately beaten to the Bledisloe Cup.

Captain Stirling Mortlock has said that his side are confident now that they have had a season with coach Robbie Deans, claiming they are more focused and there is more clarity in the way they are trying to play. Apparently Mortlock told his side to “Keep on keeping on” against the All Blacks, which I thought was a great way of describing how Australia normally play.

I have predicted New Zealand to win by 6 to get their Tri-Nations campaign off to a winning start. Home advantage counts for a lot, and Eden Park is a veritable fortress.

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3 thoughts on “Tri-Nations predictions

  1. Public opinion over here for the game is very poor. There’s not too much faith after our average performances against the French and Italy and not a lot of faith in Steven Donald at First Five. Also concerns in the front row with Tialata. We’ve also got McCaw coming back from injury and So’ialo also not played (apart from Club Rugby) for six weeks or so. TAB (our only betting agency see’s it being All Blacks $1.65 and Australai $2.15 outright but that’s bound to change closer to the match.

  2. Interesting perspective from New Zealand, thanks for that. The odds on Australia are much longer over here, but bookies will be less knowledgeable – interesting then that the Kiwis are less confident…

  3. The SANZAR unions need to add Argentina to the Tri Nations. If there was ever any country that deserved to be a part of an annual international tournament it is Argentina, particularly this year where the Pumas would have a shot at toppling the mighty All Blacks.

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