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This weekend's predictions!

20th June 2014 09:46

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Jonathan Davies of Wales with a tackle on Willie le Roux of South Africa

9/1 first try: Willie le Roux

It's that time of week where we put our heads on the chopping block with PR's predictions for the June Tests!

Nations bring to a close their mid-year action this week, with the southern hemisphere sides (apart from Argentina) having been on top throughout.

England will take heart from their efforts though and like France and Wales they have one final shot to make a point in Saturday's internationals.

It's another big set of fixtures we have ahead of us, so how better to spend the weekend then by making a profit from the number of bets on offer.

Let's get started.

Australia v France

The first game of the day is in Sydney where it's difficult to know what to expect after two contrasting games between Australia and Les Bleus. It can't be any worse than last week.

6-0 was the scoreline in Melbourne but surely that can't happen again and with the series now decided, one hopes both teams open up and play expansive, error-free rugby.

Two or more tries for Israel Folau looks good at 7/2 while the full-back is 6/1 for the first try. France centre Wesley Fofana also tempts at 16/1 while on the anytime list is Will Skelton. He is value with a higher price than most of the Wallaby props, especially with his carries.

New Zealand v England

Two wins from two but it's been far from easy for the All Blacks against England, who this week make changes to key positions such as half-back and centre. In comes Ben Youngs, Freddie Burns, Kyle Eastmond and Manu Tuilagi, the latter shifting back into thirteen.

England's odds have decreased week on week to claim a win as on Saturday they are down from 5/1 to 4/1, with a handicap of +11 something we'd avoid because of the new personnel.

However, there is an option priced at 4/1 that we do like and this is for England to be leading by 1-7 at half-time. Expect a strong start from the visitors, who will be right in it early on.

Centre is the main position of interest though as it should be box office stuff when Malakai Fekitoa and Ma'a Nonu face Tuilagi and Eastmond. We are going for one of those four to open the scoring and believe Tuilagi could be that man at a rather tasty price of 20/1.

South Africa v Wales

Our final stop on the tipping journey is at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit where South Africa host Wales in a game many expect is going only in one direction. After last week, we agree.

Wales were beaten up front while fly-half Morne Steyn and full-back Willie le Roux did the damage in the backline and the latter is 9/1 for the first try, which might be worth a look.

There is safety in backing a first try-scorer too, given that Paddy Power are offering a money back special if the first try is scored by a forward. The Springbok back-row boosts that bet.

Wales shouldn't be as slack as week though so expect a decent response from them but it won't be enough to claim a shock victory. We fancy South Africa by 11/20 points at 13/5.

Other June Test predictions:

Argentina v Scotland: Argentina by 3!
USA v Canada: Canada by 5!
Japan v Italy: Japan by 3!

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