Home Nations Summer Tours: Five tryscorer tips for next Tests after England, Ireland triumph
Jamie Clark, Sports Editor | June 17, 2016
Historic wins for England and Ireland on their respective Summers Tours of Australia and South Africa have shaken up the rugby world.
Both the Red Rose and Joe Schmidt’s Irish took 1-0 leads in their three Test series against the Wallabies and Springboks, the latter victory coming in real adversity following a red card for CJ Stander.
Wales were also leading against world champions New Zealand at half-time before succumbing to the might and athleticism of the All Blacks.
The second of three Tests for all these countries take place this Saturday, June 18th.
What tips across these fantastic internationals appeal? Coral’s top rugby tipsters give 10 punts to ponder…
New Zealand v Wales
Warren Gatland takes the Dragons from Auckland to Wellington, but a change of venue is unlikely to end in a different result.
Losing star winger George North to a torn hamstring is a huge blow to Wales and his absence is more significant than New Zealand’s omission of Julian Savea.
There are also alterations by both teams at lock, with the tourists swapping Luke Charteris in for Bradley Davis, but again the return of Sam Whitelock for the Kiwis gives them extra second row strength.
As the All Blacks won by a score in the predicted margin of 11-20 points last time out with superior second-half strength proving pivotal, and Wales weakened by the loss of North, it is hard to see where visiting tries will come from.
New Zealand’s powerful back Waisake Naholo distinguished himself by crossing twice from the right wing last time out. The Dragons couldn’t contain this physical specimen, and will likely struggle to do so once more.
England v Australia
As much because of injuries as in response to their defeat by the Red Rose in Brisbane, Michael Cheika has made four changes among his front eight.
Brilliant back row operator and breakdown worker David Pocock misses out with a fractured eye socket, while lock Rob Simnmons lasted just 25 minutes.
Aussie skipper Stephen Moore is the only front row to retain his place with Cheika reverting to the experience of prop duo Sekope Kepu and James Slipper.
Winger Rob Horne retains his place on the wing despite coming off during the first-half, but the best anytime tryscorer value for the Wallbies looks to be flying full back Israel Folau at an awesome 11/5 as he grabbed the Wallabies’ second.
England boss Eddie Jones, meanwhile, restores Jack Nowell to the wing and George Ford to fly half with the tactical change away from two playmakers swiftly abandoned last time out because of Luther Burrell’s struggles at centre.
Marland Yarde may feel a little aggrieved to miss out, but Nowell put an exclamation point on the Red Rose’s record victory late on and should be shorter than 15/8 to go over again anytime.
South Africa v Ireland
Schmidt and the Irish must be wishing they had moved Jared Payne to full back much sooner. Having played club rugby there all season, his influence in the 15 jersey was huge against all odds and the adversity of the Stander sending off and sin-binning of Robbie Henshaw.
Payne shocked South Africa by scoring the opening try last time out, and a price of 8/1 for him to go over again anytime is incredible given the outstanding nature of his performance.
Those odds look even more awesome when you consider Ireland line-up with an all-Ulster back three as Schmidt drafts in Craig Gilroy in place of Keith Earls as one of five changes to join Payne and Andrew Trimble.
Springboks wing Lwazi Mvovo also crossed in the first Test, and Super Rugby franchise Durban Sharks have had a fantastic season so far.
A nice 9/4 price is available on Movov to repeat his exploits, now given the opportunity to step out of the legendary Bryan Habana’s shadow.