New Zealand vs. Ireland Summer Test 2 Predictions and Tips (July 9, 2022)

| July 5, 2022 8:33 am PDT

The odds for New Zealand vs. Ireland in the second summer test of 2022 reflect their dominance in Auckland last weekend.

Despite a strong start from the visitors, the All Blacks hammered the Irish 42-19 at Eden Park following a ruthless execution of their chances. Ireland, who had bossed the first quarter, were off the boil, committing far too many costly errors and looking generally disjointed. Will that be the same this Saturday, July 9 in Dunedin?

I’ll be making 2022 second summer test predictions for New Zealand vs. Ireland as I build a case for who I think will emerge as the winners in this weekend’s key match. I’ll also be offering some of my top bets for the All Blacks vs. Ireland, which will hopefully win you some money. Last weekend’s rugby betting tips came through, so let’s see if we can score another profit on what should be another gripping match Down Under. 

First, let’s take a look at those odds.

2022 New Zealand vs. Ireland Odds for the Second Summer Test

  • New Zealand to Win (-646)
  • Ireland to Win (+471)
  • New Zealand -13.5 Points (-110)
  • Ireland +13.5 Points (-120)

The betting odds for New Zealand vs. Ireland on July 9, 2022, come courtesy of the BetOnline sportsbook. 

My first impressions are that the bookies have things right. I saw nothing from Ireland’s performance last weekend in Auckland that would compel me to jump on that moneyline price. But I do think that it could be worth exploring the idea of a +13.5 point handicap.

The Kiwis are a much tougher nut to crack at home. That’s never been disputed. And why would it? I mean, their unbeaten run goes all the way back to 1994, when France hit the showers with a 23-20 win on July 3 of that year. 

Ireland’s odds to win the second test in New Zealand (+471) look very appealing. They are among the top teams on the planet and are 3-3 in their last six matches against the Blacks. But can they take their first test match on Kiwi soil?

If they can rectify the mortifying errors from last weekend, there is a chance. But I’m not sure I’m keen to bet on it with a straight-up wager on Ireland to win. 

New Zealand vs. Ireland Second Test Preview (2022)

The news that Johnny Sexton will be fit to play the second summer test comes as something of a double-edged sword for Irish fans.

The captain and talisman failed a Head Injury Assessment (HIA) following a knock in the first half. This presented Munster’s Joey Carberry with a chance to shine, and he had a solid game. Of course, Sexton is expected to slot back into the number 10 jersey, but it’s just as foreseen that he will be targeted by the All Blacks.

Ireland is ultra-dependent on the Leinster legend and is usually better off with his presence in the team. With just over one year until the 2023 Rugby World Cup, however, fans are wondering if the aging Sexton should be overlooked for this series. There isn’t a great depth of talent at fly-half in the Irish ranks, but the likes of Carberry and Ross Byrne need significant game time at the coalface. 

If Farrell decides to throw his trusted #10 in this weekend, which he is expected to, it could make the All Blacks’ task a little tougher.

Anyone making betting picks for New Zealand vs. Ireland cannot underestimate Sexton’s influence. If he can stay on the pitch, of course. Ireland’s last two losses, to the Kiwis and the French, came without Sexton directing from ten.

New Zealand Team to Face Ireland in the Second Test 

Perhaps as important as choosing the right odds for the All Blacks vs. Ireland, which you can compare on the top rugby betting sites, is paying attention to both teamsheets.

Where NZ is concerned, It’s unlikely that Ian Foster will look for radical changes to the team that came away with the win in Auckland last Saturday. But there are some selections that are out of his hands. Sam Whitelock and Tupou Vaa’i are out, with the former injured and the latter testing positive for Covid-19. Patrick Tuipulotu will stand in, pending approval from the New Zealand Rugby board.

All Blacks captain Sam Cane lamented the losses of both players

Sammy was awesome at the weekend and became the second most capped All Black of all time, which is hugely impressive. We’ll no doubt miss his leadership and what he brings, and then Tupou had been playing well all Super Rugby and was hanging out for his opportunity. So it’s a tough pill for him to swallow but it’s almost got to the stage where anyone who hasn’t had it [Covid-19]… it’s lurking and it’s going to strike soon and poor ‘Tuups’ had to get it this week.

One of the world’s greatest fly-halves, Richie Mo’unga, could get a start at ten. But other than these changes, the team should be close to what we saw last weekend.

Predictions for New Zealand vs. Ireland – Second Summer Test

  • Predicted Winner: New Zealand 
  • Predicted Score: New Zealand 29-23

You might be somewhat surprised to see my New Zealand vs. Ireland second test predictions, where the score is concerned.

I do think this match will be much closer than the first. The All Blacks had Irish errors to thank for the number of points put away in Auckland as much as their incisive and deadly ability to pounce on anything resembling a chance.

You couldn’t exactly give any of the visitors top marks last weekend. From 1 to 15, there were some exceptionally disappointing shifts, with the likes of Caelan Doris and James Ryan looking like shells of their former selves. With Eden Park now resigned to the past, they can head to the South Island with a chance to do something special.

The Forsyth Barr Stadium is still going to be a tough place to win, of course. But it’s no Eden Park. The All Blacks have a worse record here, even if it’s hardly shocking. 

Top Bets for Ireland vs. New Zealand in the Second Summer Test 

  • Ireland +17.5 Points (-200)
  • Ireland +13.5 Points (-120)
  • Ireland to Score First and Not Win (+162)

As far as 2022 New Zealand vs. Ireland betting picks for the second test go, you have options. 

The safest odds for Ireland vs. the All Blacks on July 9 is to take the visitors with a +17.5 head start. I don’t think it’s going to be the type of whooping we saw last weekend. Ireland is a strong enough team to posit that those types of individual performances are rare, and thus unlikely to be replicated this weekend.

As my second summer test predictions for New Zealand pointed out, I think it will be a closer game than we saw last Saturday. Therefore, I’d comfortably recommend betting on Ireland to beat New Zealand with the +13.5 handicap at -120.

If last weekend’s game was anything to go by, Ireland will come out of the blocks faster. The All Blacks have started slower against Ireland over the past decade, so backing the visitors to score first and win might be the best bet for the second test.

If you’re going to play things cool by placing in-play bets for New Zealand vs. Ireland this Saturday, July 9, I’d recommend choosing one of the following gambling apps. 

Adam Haynes
Adam Haynes

Adam is a sports writer and tipster with a strong background in MMA, boxing, and combat sports.

When Adam isn't writing about those, as well as politics, rugby, and Gaelic Games, he can be found working on methods and strategies to beat the bookies.

For his troubles, Adam is a fan of Leinster Rugby, Glasgow Celtic, and trusting the process.

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