Australia and France clash in the second Test of a three-Test series at AAMI Park on Melbourne on Tuesday night, July 13.
After the thrilling finale to the opening Test won 23-21 by the Wallabies, we have a much better idea of what to expect, particularly from the visiting French.
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They overcame the absence of a host of stars who could not complete the quarantine period in time to play, and also the difficulty of being isolated for two weeks leading up to the match.
But some believe that was Les Bleus’ best chance of their first win against the Wallabies in Australia since 1990, with the Wallabies rusty early and never really finding a groove after a long time between matches.
With the third and final Test in Brisbane looming large just four days away, Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has made just one change, in the belief they can deliver a knockout blow and win the series 2-0 before returning to Queensland.
Dynamic prop Taniela Tupou has been added to the starting side, with Allan Alaalatoa dropping to the bench.
“We’ve had a good few days training and we’re confident we’ll be sharper this time,” Rennie said.
France have made five changes from the first Test, with prop Wilfrid Hounkpatin and lock Pierre-Henri Azagoh winning their first caps. Cameron Woki and Ibrahim Diallo also come into the starting back row along with Bordeaux-Begles lock Cyril Cazeaux.
Continue reading for our free Wallabies v Les Bleus betting tips and winner prediction for the Second Test match on Tuesday, July 13.
|Start:||8pm AEST (noon Paris time), July 13|
|Venue:||AAMI Park, Melbourne|
|Head-to-head odds:||Australia ($1.30) v France ($3.55)|
|Line betting:||Australia -9.5 ($1.90) v France +9.5 ($1.90)|
Australia v France 2021 Test rugby series schedule/results
First Test: Wednesday, July 7, 2021: 8pm AEST (noon, Paris time), Australia v France, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand). Australia 23 (Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Michael Hooper tries; Noah Lolesio 3 pen, 2 con) d France 21 (Gabin Villiere 2 tries; Louis Carbonel 2 pen, 1 con, Melvyn Jaminet pen).
Second Test: Tuesday, July 13, 2021: 8pm AEST (noon, Paris time), Australia v France, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Melbourne. Referee: James Doleman (New Zealand)
Third Test: Saturday, July 17, 2021: 8pm AEST (noon, Paris time), Australia v France, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane. Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
Australia v France Second Rugby Test teams
Australia: Tom Banks, Tom Wright, Hunter Paisami, Matt To’omua, Marika Koroibete, Noah Lolesio, Jake Gordon; Harry Wilson, Michael Hooper (c), Rob Valetini, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Matt Philip, Taniela Tupou, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, James Slipper. Reserves: Lachlan Lonergan, Angus Bell, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Isi Naisarani, Tate McDermott, Lek Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway.
France: Melvyn Jaminet; Damian Penaud, Arthur Vincent, Jonathan Danty, Gabin Villiere, Louis Carbonel, Baptiste Couilloud; Anthony Jelonch (c), Cameron Woki, Ibrahim Diallo, Cyril Cazeaux, Pierre-Henri Azagoh, Wilfrid Hounkpatin, Gaetan Barlot, Jean-Baptiste Gros. Reserves: Anthony Etrillard, Enzo Forletta, Demba Bamba, Killian Geraci, Romain Taofifenua, Sekou Macalou, Teddy Iribaren, Anthony Bouthier.
Betting tips for Australia v France rugby 2nd Test
Our rugby betting expert has assessed the markets and found some value Wallabies-Les Bleus tips:
Damian Penaud to score a try at $2.45
We punted on the rising star winger Penaud to score a try in the opening Test, but it was the opposite winger Gabin Villiere who stole the show with a double. We will stick solid with the man from Clermont who is the son of former French international Alain.
Wallabies -9.5/match total under 47.5 points
We will pin faith in the Wallabies being ready to fire from the start this time. With cold and overcast conditions forecast for Melbourne we will also bet that this match will not be too expansive; the Wallabies played with little flair in the back line in the opening Test and they will probably again have to grind out points.
Australia v France rugby prediction 13/7/2021
The Wallabies team is in a rebuilding phase under Rennie but it’s hard to overlook France’s poor record overall in Australia. They are also a rebuilding side and will be formidable by the time they host the Rugby World Cup. But this is very much a learning tour for them. The Australians should be too strong in front of their home fans. Our final Australia v France prediction: Wallabies to win by 14 points.
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