Twenty nations will fight it out at this years Rugby World Cup in order to be crowned the worlds best. It is the first time the tournament has been held in Asia in what is both a historical and prestigious move for the oval ball shaped game. The hosts Japan will begin the games with a match against underdogs Russia. Japan are the favourites for the game and Russia aren’t expected to do much. However, experienced players such as Gresev (101 caps), Artemyev (88 caps) and Kushnarev (109 caps), should see the Bears at least put up a bit of a fight. And with some big boys leading the charge, they’ll surely provide some highlight hits. But Japan should be far too classy for them. Their preparation for the World Cup was all gold as they won the Pacific Nations Cup as they beat the USA 34-20. They led 17-0 to start the match of with. And if they could do that against the Eagles, then Russia are in for some serious trouble. This should be a real match of brains (Japanese) vs brawn’s (Russian’s). It will be an interesting first up spectacle.
Friday, September 20, 2019
Japan vs Russia
Venue: Tokyo Stadium | Start: 8:45PM (AEST)
Japan is ranked 10th in the world and Russia 20th. However, despite the large gulp between the two sides, the Russians pushed them all the way late last year in a 27-32 loss. After the narrow victory, Japan’s coach Jamie Joseph described Russia as a “physical” team. And we should expect some more of the same in this game. Kiril Gotovtsev will be a crucial player in bringing that physicality on against Japan. He’s a hard hitting prop weighing 112kg. Japan can score points with relative ease. As a result it will be up to the former wrestler to help set the tone on defence as his side seeks to put in a respectable performance in this game. One of Russia’s warm-up games ended in an 85-15 defeat to Italy, thus highlighting the real need for their defence to be on point in this one. For the hosts, they beat Russia whilst over coming a 22-10 deficit, combined with playing in front of a roaring home crowd, they’ll be very confident heading into this one. In addition, Japan also have a recent 17-1 record against second tier teams. This will just only add to their confidence against the European underdogs. Russia will show some fight, but Japan should win this one will relative ease.
Head to Head: Japan $1.03- TopBetta
Win Margin: Japan 13+ $1.08- Tab
Handicap: Japan -39 $1.89- Unibet, Sportsbet
Total Points: Odd $1.91- Unibet