Australia v New Zealand

Friday May 5, 8:00pm AEST – GIO Stadium, Canberra

Australia have historically dominated the Anzac Test winning every match bar the 2015 encounter since 1998. The Kangaroos have been rejuvenated under Mal Meninga, winning all six Tests and conceding less than nine points a match. The Kiwis have won just two of their last nine Tests and astonishingly during that run had a draw with Scotland. In their last four matches against Australia they have not surpassed eight points.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Australia -7.5


Papua New Guinea v Cook Islands

Saturday May 6, 3:15pm AEST – Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney

Cook Islands have played just two Tests since the 2013 World Cup but have performed reasonably in both with a close loss to Tonga and a win over Lebanon. Papua New Guinea have won just one of their last 15 internationals. The Kumuls have conceded at least 30 points in 12 of their last 15 matches.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Cook Islands


Tonga v Fiji

Saturday May 6, 5:30pm AEST – Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney

Fiji should be favoured in this one, not 10-point outsiders. Fiji have won seven of their last 14 Tests and nine of their last 12 against minor nations while Tonga have won just one of three Pacific Tests. The Bati have won both matches all-time against Tonga and look close to the best of the weekend.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Fiji +8.5


England v Samoa

Saturday May 6, 7:40pm AEST – Campbelltown Stadium, Sydney

Samoa are a class outfit with their entire side having NRL experience. They played England extremely close when the teams met in the 2014 Four Nations. England have won just three of their last 10 Southern Hemisphere Tests and look vulnerable here.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Samoa +6.5


City v Country

Sunday May 7, 4:00pm AEST – Glen Willow Oval, Mudgee

City have four starters playing out of position, two players who have not played first grade this year and a total of five players who have either not played first grade in 2017 or have only played limited games off the bench. Country have scored at least 26 points for three straight years and should end this game with a comfortable win.

Betting Strategy

BACK – Country -2.5


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