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Australia v New Zealand Four Nations Betting Tips: Kangaroos to continue 2016 dominance over Kiwis

  • Australia and New Zealand clash in the Four Nations on Saturday in Coventry
  • Kangaroos have eased past the Kiwis in both of their 2016 meetings
  • Mansour out for Australia with ACL injury
Australia and New Zealand square off on Saturday in Coventry (credit:Credit by bettingpro)

Australia and New Zealand renew their storied rivalry when they do battle in their second group game of the Four Nations on Saturday - but who will be victorious?

Both sides head into this encounter on the back of opening group victories, with Australia demolishing Scotland 54-12 and New Zealand edging England 17-16.

Defending Four Nations champions New Zealand always perform better in a tournament format, and they stepped up again last week with a thrilling one-point win over host nation England.

New Zealand hung tough with England despite being outplayed for long periods of the game, with a controversial Shaun Johnson field goal proving the difference between the sides.

Nevertheless, the Kiwis will still have to improve significantly if they want to overcome the Kangaroos on Saturday night. New Zealand were no match for Australia in their two 2016 meetings, including a few weeks ago in Perth.

David Kidwell will likely keep the same side that conquered England, although Jason Nightingale and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves are both racing the clock to be fit after picking up niggling injuries last week.

Australia cruised to a huge win over Scotland as was expected, with their tournament effectively starting now against the defending champions.

Mal Meninga handed out multiple debuts to players against Scotland, but rested stars including Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott, Darius Boyd and Greg Inglis are certainties to return to the side. There has been one enforced change however, with winger Josh Mansour suffering an ACL injury at training during the week. Valentine Holmes will likely be his replacement.

With England falling to New Zealand last week, this is the most likely prelude to the final in a fortnight’s time, and the Kangaroos will want to further assert their recent dominance over their Kiwi counterparts.

With Queensland superstars Cameron Smith, Cooper Cronk, Thurston and Boyd all lining up together once again, you can’t tip against the Australians. They are simply too professional and too classy across the paddock for the dangerous but erratic Kiwis. New Zealand will continue to improve as the tournament goes on, but right now Australia are still the big favourites.

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Australia v New Zealand Four Nations Betting Tips: Kangaroos to continue 2016 dominance over Kiwis

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