No Izzy Folau vs a very confident Fijian side. The Australian’s are aiming to overcome the loss of their star player. As for the Pacific Islander nation, they’re always aiming for the sky. Koribete coming up against his home nation is an interesting side note to this match. A win for the Wallabies would set them up nicely for the rest of their pool matches and a Fijian win would be one hell of a crazy upset. Then you have two powerhouse nation games when France take on Argentina and the All Blacks play the Springboks. France have all the momentum and form headed into this one. Argentina on the other hand have none of it. To make matters worse for the Pumas, they lost 28-13 the last time they faced the French. Then the third and final game of the day is a match between the two fierce rivals. Last time out they drew 16-all in what was a hotly contested match. Jantjies scored the last minute try and Pollard converted to steal the win away right from underneath New Zealand’s noses. The All Blacks will no doubt have that on their mind as they aim to get their revenge. Three absolutely cracking games on the second day of the Cup that just simply can’t be missed.
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Wallabies vs Fiji
Venue: Sapporo Dome | Start: 2:45PM (AEST)
The major question headed into this game for Australia is to whether or not they can cope with the self imposed loss of superstar Israel Folau. Regardless of which side you stand on, he is a talented athlete and one of the Wallabies major focuses for this game will be replacing him through a team effort and not just one or two players. Guys such as the captain Hooper, Beale, Genia, Foley and Koroibete, among others will really have to stand up this game and be counted and prove that the Wallabies can indeed challenge this World Cup. Players such as Koroibete who has 16 tries from 41 games for the Rebels and Hodge who bagged a double in their rout over New Zealand will be key to their attacking mindset this match. And that recent affair in which they put six tries past the All Blacks in the 21 point victory will fire of a lot of pre-game warning signs to the Fijian’s. Similar to their opponents, the opposition come into this game on the back of a nice effort against Tonga, a result which saw them prevail 29-19. The Fijian’s had 68% of the ball and put up five tries to three. And particularly in the second half they turned it on by keeping the Tongan’s to only 33% possession. The Fijian’s have a massive heart and a lot of spirit and that should be on display in what will be a high octane attacking encounter between two nations eager to impress their fans.
Head to Head: Wallabies $1.13- Betfair
Win Margin: Australia 11-20 $3.75- Sportsbet
Handicap: Australia -16 $1.92- UniBet
Total Points: Even $1.91- UniBet
France vs Argentina
Venue: Tokyo Stadium | Start: 5:15PM (AEST)
France have had a great warm-up to this World Cup, Argentina’s on the other hand has been very shaky indeed. The French smashed Scotland by 29 points and then lost to them by only three. They also scored a huge 47-19 win over Italy at home. Now compare that to Argentina’s recent results. Game One of their Rugby Championship campaign saw them go down 20-16 to New Zealand. Game Two was a six point defeat at the hands of the Wallabies. And game three was an absolute embarrassment that ended in a 33 point loss to the Springboks. Over their last two games, they managed to put up only 23 points. In their loss to South Africa they scored just the solitary try and missed 25 tackles. Against Australia it was just one try again, whilst conceding 30 turnovers! Against the All Blacks it too was only one try and a huge 38 tackles missed. That’s compared to New Zealand’s single-digit nine that they they themselves missed. In their thrashing of Italy, France kicked zero penalty goals, Argentina on the other hand kicked plenty during their three defeats. France should come through with the win given their strong momentum, however don’t be at all surprised if its a penalty goal or two that win the Argentine’s the match.
Head to Head: France $1.91- Betfair
Win Margin: France 1-10 $3.30- BetEasy
Line: France -1 $1.91- Bet365
Total Points: Odd $1.91- UniBet
All Blacks vs Springboks
Venue: International Stadium Yokohoma | Start: 7:45PM (AEST)
So much talent already so early on in the tournament. If things go the way they are supposed to then this could be one of the matches of the World Cup. You have two of the worlds best teams fighting against one another to get that win. A win that would almost definitely see them top the group given the other teams in their pool. The All Blacks put up a hugeeeeee score in their 92-7 win over Tonga. But equally as impressive was their retention of the Bledisloe Cup, beating the Wallabies 36-0 not long after the Aussies had handed them a 47-26 flogging. In their smashing of Tonga, Bridge made 247 m’s and Smith 180. They scored 14 tries to one! They got the win despite only having 42% of the ball in the second half. Eight All Blacks had 10+ carries throughout the match. All of that illustrates that it was simply an awesome team performance. And in order to beat the world ranked fourth South African’s, they’ll have to do exactly that. The Springboks in the Rugby Championship beat the Wallabies by 18, Argentina by 33 and they drew with New Zealand, coming first in the process with a massive PD of +51. The next best was Australia with +nine, just for comparison. In their hammering of Argentina, they spent 54% of the time they had the ball in the opposition’s half. They also made 18 clean breaks, won six turnovers and converted 5/5 penalty goals. They are a ferocious side that will be looking to bite a massive chunk out of New Zealand early on. Expect this to be a very, very tight game.
Head to Head: All Blacks $1.47- Betfair
Win Margin: All Blacks 1-12 $2.70- UniBet
Line: All Blacks -6 $1.91- Bet365
Total Points: Odd $1.91- UniBet