New Zealand and Wales meet in the Bronze final of the Rugby World Cup 2019 on Friday evening (local time) at the Tokyo Stadium in Chōfu, Japan.
In reality, this is a game that neither team particularly wants to play, with Saturday’s final between England and South Africa being the focus of all the attention.
For New Zealand in particular, not being in the final will be a bitter blow. The All Blacks came into the tournament as the two-time defending champions and favourites to secure a record fourth World Cup. They looked to be going along nicely too until they came up against an England team who deservedly beat them 19-7 in Yokohama last Saturday.
Wales weren’t always terribly convincing in their run to the last four of the tournament, but they have shown great resilience throughout and only narrowly lost out 19-16 to South Africa in Yokohama on Sunday.
Games to decide third place in major sports events tend not to be easy for predictions, as it’s difficult to know what motivation remains for the teams involved. These are both proud rugby nations though, so it’s unlikely that either team will take this game lightly.
New Zealand vs Wales Betting Lines & Pick
The All Blacks are the strong favourites going into the game at odds of -1000 (1.10) with bet365. The draw is on offer at +4500 (46.0) with 888Sport and the line on Wales is at +800 (9.00) with Betway Sports.
New Zealand look the likelier winners here, but Wales are unlikely to lie down in what will be coach Warren Gatland’s final game after 12 years in charge of them. It could be worth backing Wales on the Handicap +18.0 at +100 (2.00) with bet365. That’s the tip in this game.
Rugby World Cup Pick: Handicap – Wales +18.0 @ +100 (2.00) with bet365