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New Zealand v Australia: Bledisloe Cup Preview & Tips

The third and final 2018 Bledisloe Cup game takes place at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama on Saturday with the Wallabies bidding to avoid a series whitewash.

The All Blacks are already assured of retaining the Bledisloe Cup, which they have held since 2003, after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead. Can Australia salvage some pride in Japan?

Preview

There is little riding on the third game of the Bledisloe Cup series with New Zealand 2-0 and guaranteed to return the trophy for another year.

Australia are seeking a rare win over their rivals, while the All Blacks are out to complete a clean sweep.

It will only be the fourth time a Bledisloe Cup game has taken place outside of Australia or New Zealand with Hong Kong and Tokyo have been previous hosts.

Will neutral ground help the Wallabies and neutralise the All Blacks?

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Form

New Zealand won both games against Australia as they secured another Rugby Championship title this year. They were 38-13 winners in Sydney and recorded a 40-12 victory at Eden Park in Auckland.

The All Blacks beat Argentina twice, but did suffer a shock defeat at home to South Africa before gaining revenge over the Springboks in the reverse fixture.

After the back-to-back defeats to New Zealand, the Wallabies defeated South Africa at home only to lose at home to Argentina. Australia then got the better of the Pumas in South America and lost to South Africa in a mixed bag of a campaign.

Stats

New Zealand have held the Bledisloe Cup since 2003
This season represents a 16th straight year of dominance and a 47th series win in total
The All Blacks dominated both games during the Rugby Championship, winning 38-13 and 40-12
This will be only the fourth time a Bledisloe Cup game has been held overseas

Verdict

The All Blacks have been much too good in the Trans-Tasman battles in recent times and that won’t change on Saturday. The Wallabies don’t have the weapons to punish New Zealand and this one can end in another wide-margin All Blacks win

Prediction: New Zealand by Over 12 Points ($1.61)

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