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New Zealand v UruguayThe Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Groupama Stadium) is the venue for this second vs fourth clash on Thursday evening. Uruguay do have an outside chance of finishing in the top two but it would require a bonus point victory over the All Blacks which no one is giving them a hope of! New Zealand have responded well to their opening game defeat to the hosts France by thrashing Namibia 71-3 and Italy 96-17.
Will Jordan to score the first try @ 5/1 (6.0)The 25 year old winger has already gone over the line twice in the competition with both of his tries coming in the huge victory over Italy last weekend. Jordan provided the spark to begin the 14-try fest put on by the All-Blacks as he scored the opening try after seven minutes. He will be eyeing up another fast start and will be looking to add another couple, if not more, to his tally in the tournament so far. The back has now scored 125 points for his country and he will fancy his chances of exploiting some gaps in the Uruguayan back line in this clash.
Uruguay to win with +66 point handicap @1/1 (2.0)The South Americans are heavy underdogs for this game in Lyon but they have not been the whipping boys in Pool A. Far from it in fact as they were competitive against France, before losing 27-12, and also against Italy before going down 38-17. However, maybe their laboured victory over Namibia last Wednesday, 36-26, has resulted in them being offered at evens with a +66 point start! We are backing the All-Blacks to win but we have plenty of confidence that Uruguay will be within 30-40 points maximum of their opponents.
Leicester Fainga’anuku to score a hat-trick @ 2/1 (3.0)We are expecting the All-Blacks to put up some high numbers in terms of points in this match and that could be a gateway for Leicester Fainga’anuku to go over the line on three occasions. He was the third New Zealander to get a try against Namibia and the left-winger could well come to the party in this match. A calf injury prevented the winger having a run of games and finding his form ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup but now he is here, we are expecting a big performance.
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