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Nic Ladds 20th Nov 2009 - 12:21

Wales, Ireland and Scotland out for some Autumn glory

One the inevitable battering of England by New Zealand is over, let's not forget there are three other televised rugby union Autumn internationals featuring the other three home nations this weekend which provides punters and fans alike with an absolute feast of international rugby.

Wales v Argentina - 14:30 live on BBC1

Argentina got made to look half decent by England last week but odds of 10/3 don't tempt us in to a bet with Wales at odds of 1/5 as the put out a strong looking side.

The Pumas are still missing a host of their best players and should have been brushed aside by England if their back line could string a meaningful attack together but credit to Argentina, they defended well but threatened little so Punters may well fancy Wales to make up the 9 point handicap at odds of 10/11.

Argentina's strength is still their colossal front five and this is one area where they look sure to dominate Wales and the likes of Mario Ledesma or Martin Scelzo could be big price fancies to score the first try (40/1 and 50/1 respectively).

Wales have a host of top players in the backs to call on like Shane Williams (9/1 for first try), Leigh Halfpenny (10/1) and Jamie Roberts (14/1) to name but a few although stunningly, Wales have scored just one try at home this calendar year (Halfpenny scored it) and even more astonishingly, since March 2008, they have score just two home tries, one of which was against Canada.

This may well not be the battering people suspect, especially with such a strong pack for the away side and  winning margin for Wales of 6-10 points at 5/1 looks about right for a side who narrowly avoided defeat to Samoa and will have one eye on next week's battle with Australia.

Wales v Argentina betting

Scotland v Australia - 17:15 live on BBC2

Scotland managed a pretty easy win against Fiji last week but that doesn't say much and they would appear to have on chance at 3/1 to beat 2/9 chances Australia who should run out easy victors.

Scotland are most likely 12-15 points worse than Ireland who just managed a draw against the Wallabies last week and Australia look good value giving up 9 points on the handicap at odds of 10/11.

Andy Robinson will still be finding his feet with his squad and it is surprising that young talent Thom Evans is not included as he has opted for Simon Danielli (14/1 for first try) and Sean Lamont (14/1) on the wings, while first try scorer hero last week, Johnnie Beattie is 25/1 to do so again.

Scotland's pack look in for a tough afternoon though with Australia's front row improving all the time, while their formidable back row of Rocky Elsom (20/1), George Smith (25/1) and Wycliff Palu (25/1) look sure to cause them problems, while the majestic partnership of Will Genia (20/1) and Matt Giteau (14/1) will run their defence ragged all afternoon.

An away victory of around 16-20 points at odds of 11/2 looks in the right area while 11-15 is the favourite winning margin at 9/2 and barring atrocious weather, the former looks in the right area while the 10/11 on offer about Australia -9 points looks an outstanding bet.

Scotland v Argentina betting

Ireland v Fiji - 17:15 live on BBC Red Button

Ireland are 1/33 for good reason as they put out a very strong side to take on Fiji who were beaten easily by Scotland last week and are available at 10/1 to cause a massive upset.

Ireland scraped a draw against Australia last week having made error after error, giving away multiple penalties so if this can be ironed out Fiji have no chance but a speculative bet on Fiji penalty being the first scoring play at 9/4 wouldn't be the worst bet in the world.

Brian O'Driscoll once again produced the goods when it mattered and is 10/1 to open the scoring here while Keith Earls and Shane Horgan both get a chance on the wings and are 9/1 to go over first.

Fiji's biggest threats look to be Verenki Goneva who score against Scotland and along with Nasoni Roko is 16/1 to score first here, while Ulster's Timoci Nagusa will be familiar to Irish rugby fans and is also 16/1 to score the first try.

The handicap has Ireland giving up 21 points and if the weather is dry that looks very achievable, but like in the England game with bad weather predicted, a tentative look at the forecast before piling in could be advised, but unless torrential rain, Ireland look good at the 10/11 on the handicap, or as an alternative if you think it will be closer, a winning margin of 16-20 and 13/2 looks a fair bet.

Ireland v Fiji betting


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