New Zealand remain team to beat after impressively outlasting South Africa in semis, so William Hill's handicap betting to Wallabies clash worth a look.
New Zealand have won eight and lost just one of the previous 11 meetings with neighbours Australia since they last played one another at a Rugby World Cup.
All Blacks dominance of the fixture explains why they are a best price of 4/11 with Coral to lift the Webb Ellis Cup at Twickenham, and the Wallabies 9/4 to deny the number one ranked nation in this sport.
Punters can enhance New Zealand’s 2/5 price with Paddy Power in the match betting in 80 minutes to 10/11 with the same bookmaker if they back them in the half-time/full-time market.
As the Aussies have just managed three victories in the last 25 head-to-heads, it’s tough to make a case for them, with better odds available on the All Blacks to win with a handicap.
William Hill oblige with a superb 7/4 on a market set at 11 points – an amount New Zealand have covered in five of their last 10 encounters with their fellow Southern Hemisphere heavyweights.
Thoughts turn to who will put points on the board, and there is plenty of evidence to suggest this will simply be a kicking duel between Dan Carter and Bernard Foley.
Australia winger Adam Ashley-Cooper has nine career tries against the All Blacks, including earlier this year and in 2014 and 2013. He was a hat-trick hero last time out during a comprehensive win over injury-hit Argentina, so Ashley-Cooper appeals to cross again anytime at top odds of 11/4 with Paddy Power.
Smart money may also be on New Zealand centre Ma’a Nonu in that market at a best price of 3/1 with BetVictor, because he’s gone over against the Wallabies 10 times previously, including twice when they last played.
Add in the consistent wide threats of Nene Milner-Skudder and Julian Savea, and there’s lots in Kiwi ranks that can cause trouble.
Given their first true test of the tournament by a resurgent South Africa, it’s true Australia got the better of the All Blacks during their Rugby Championship clash back in August, but that was on home soil in Sydney.
World Cup holders New Zealand responded by walloping the Wallabies with a huge 31-point victory when hosting them in Auckland the following week to begin their preparations for a successful bid to retain the trophy.
A repeat margin looks highly unlikely here, but William Hill’s price for an All Blacks victory with a handicap of 11 is more than possible.
BETTING TIP: New Zealand win in 80 minutes with handicap of 11 points @ 7/4 with William Hill.