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New Zealand vs Fiji 2nd Test Predictions & Tips - Rampant All Blacks to run riot

  • New Zealand vs Fiji predictions for Saturday’s rugby international fixture
  • Match is being played at 08:05 BST at FMG Stadium in Hamilton
  • New Zealand have scored 57+ points in their last 6 matches against Fiji
  • I am backing New Zealand to cover the -40 handicap
  • Preview, tips, stats & team news
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New Zealand can cover the -40 handicap against Fiji (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 16 Jul 2021
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New Zealand vs Fiji Predictions


Fiji lost the 1st Test against New Zealand by 34 points but the All Blacks are expected to be better prepared this time around. I am backing the hosts to cover the -40 handicap.

  • New Zealand have scored at least 60 points in 4 of their last 6 matches against Fiji.
  • New Zealand have covered the -40 handicap in 5 of their last 6 matches against Fiji.
  • New Zealand's Will Jordan scored 5 tries in his last start against Tonga.

Head to Head


New Zealand have won all six previous matches against Fiji. In the 1st Test last week New Zealand won 57-23 in Dunedin.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand struggled a bit during the 2020 season with four games against Australia and two against Argentina. They enjoyed two comfortable victories against the Wallabies but also lost and drew to the same opposition.

To continue their poor run in 2020, New Zealand suffered their first ever defeat (25-15) to Argentina. They did follow it up with a 40 point victory the following week over Argentina.

In their first match of 2021, the All Blacks beat Tonga 102-0. Last week they got a bit of a shock against Fiji but ran away in the end to win 57-23.

New Zealand Injuries & Team News


Dalton Papalili and Karl Tu’inukuafe are both still recovering from injuries suffered against Tonga two weeks ago. Neither are expected to feature.

In better news, Ardie Savea and Anton Lienert-Brown look set to return from injury this week.

Fiji Form


Fiji will be pleased with their performance in the 1st Test against the All Blacks last week. They held their own for much of the match, but as expected, the hosts ran away with it in the final 20 minutes.

Just after half-time Fiji had pulled within eight points of New Zealand. At that point the score was 31-23 but superior quality off the bench and greater fitness proved decisive.

New Zealand scored 26 unanswered points in the final 20 minutes to make the final score 57-23. With the All Blacks better prepared, Fiji could struggle this week to keep the score down.

Fiji Injuries & Team News


Fiji have no reported injury concerns. They could go with the same lineup as last week.

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Verdict

I am backing the All Blacks to cover the -40 handicap in the 2nd Test against Fiji. Will Jordan scored five tries in his last start against Tonga and is tipped to score 2+ in this match.

Best Bet: New Zealand -40 Handicap @-111.11 at BetMGM - 4 Units
Multiple Try Scorer Tip: Will Jordan Multiple Try Scorer @110.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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