Italy vs Nambia, Ireland vs Scotland and England vs Tonga are the three games being played on what should prove to be an awesome third day of the Rugby World Cup! Nambia and Tonga are two teams that represent their nations with massive pride, despite their limited resources. And they’ll be looking to do their nations proud with good, solid performances against the big boys. As for Italy as evidenced through their World Cup run-up, they can pile on the points against minnow teams. And England can do it against, well, just about anybody as evidenced through their stunning 57-15, 42 point win over Ireland. An insane affair in which the home side scored eight tries against the worlds best. Ireland on the other hand go into their game against Scotland with that memory still burning, but having an equally as strong desire to win it all. Scotland to are on the fringes of contention and will be looking for an opening game statement victory. And if it all clicks for them on the day, we could be in for a real treat. So sit back and relax as we let these three games entertain us all day long.
Sunday, September 22, 2019
Italy vs Nambia
Venue: Hanazono Rugby Stadium | Start: 3:15 PM (AEST)
Italy are ranked 14th in the world rankings and Nambia are 23rd on the list. The Italian’s have suffered some heavy losses in the lead up to this match. They’ve gone down to Ireland 29-10, France 47-19 and England 37-0. Save for one positive result when they whipped Russia 85-15. Against the Russians they scored 13 tries and made 834 m’s. They kept the Bears to just two and 285 respectively. However, against Ireland they missed 29 tackles. Vs France it was 35. And against England it was 36 missed attempts. Not very positive numbers. Nambia could make the score closer then expected if Italy continue that bad trend this match. 23 year old Matteo Minozzi will be key for the Italians as his pace and try scoring ability is second to none. For Nambia they are seeking a first ever World Cup victory. And their coach has made a public promise that they will play with both “courage” and “flair”. Italy are massive favourites for this game, but given their recent struggles and Nambia’s raw passion and ability, could a potential upset be on the cards? One of Nambia’s highlights from recent memories was a 118-0 thrashing of Tunisia. They’ve also recently posted a 63-7 win against Morocco. This should be a meh game to watch if only because of the should be lopsidedness of the encounter. Still tune in to watch Nambia display their will and passion if nothing else.
Head to Head: Italy $1.03- TAB, BetFair
Win Margin: Italy 30+ $1.95- BetEasy
Handicap: Italy -30 $1.89- Sportsbet
Total Points: Odd $1.91- UniBet
Ireland vs Scotland
Venue: International Stadium Yokohoma | Start: 5:45PM (AEST)
Ireland have recently posted five and nine point victories over Wales. They also beat Italy by 19 points. However, England destroyed them at the Twickenham 57-15. Ireland held just 44% of the ball, gave it up 19 times and scored just the two tries. They are a top, top nation when it comes to Rugby, however, performances like these would be at least somewhat concerning to their dedicated and passionate fan-base. For Scotland in their run ups to this affair, they got beaten by France via a 32-3 defeat. They did also beat them 17-14. They killed Georgia twice 44-10 and 36-9. Scotland are a Top Eight nation (7th) and will most definitely be able to play ball with Ireland. Johnny Sexton is now 34 years old and one of the most experienced campaigners on Ireland’s roster (84 caps). Players such as himself, Rory Best (120 caps) and Cian Healy (91 caps) will be determined to drive Ireland past the quarter finals stage. And what better way to do that then against a very formidable opponent in the form of Scotland. Although overcoming the mental scars of that historic defeat against England will be just one of the many obstacles blocking them from doing so. To put it simply, hurting Scotland this game will be there ill-discipline. They have lots of experienced players and a talented side. But ill-discipline will cost them. For example, they missed 33 tackles when they were thrashed by France. Nearly double what the opposition missed. They also turned over the ball 17 times. Against the worlds best in Ireland, they’ll make them pay for those sloppy, school boy errors.
Head to Head: Ireland $1.33- BetFair
Win Margin: Ireland 1-12 $2.88- BetFair
Line: Ireland $2.08- BetFair
Total Points: Even $1.91- UniBet
England vs Tonga
Venue: Sapporo Dome | Start: 8:15PM (AEST)
Tonga will play with a hell of a lot of fight and heart. But still, it’s a safe bet to pick the English to win this one pretty easily. England beat Ireland 57-15. And Tonga lost to the All Blacks 92-7. That paints the difference right there between the two sides. ENG beat 38 defenders vs IRE. TGA on the other hand had their defenders beaten 28 times by NZ. Tries should be a plenty here in what should be a lopsided score-line in Eddie Jones’s sides favour. His skill as the English coach should also factor into this game given his CV of winning, winning and more winning. May can score tries for days. So can Eliot Daly, Henry Slade & Co. England will have plenty of attacking threats to deploy as they seek a huge opening match victory over the Pacific Islanders. One particular performance Tonga can take some solace from is recently they put up a big game in an unfortunate 29-19 defeat to Fiji. They payed hard despite only having 38% possession and the Fijian’s 62%. Most of Tonga’s players are based in Europe clubs wise and in addition the majority were born and bred in New Zealand. This gives them some slight hope given that throughout their European exploits, they know what it’s like to come up against English players and the way they play the game. It’s not much but it’s something. Nasi Manu and Sonatane Takulua will be among Tonga’s most crucial players if they want to keep the game at a respectable margin. Tonga’s men play for very little fiances wise (391 pounds a week), but they’ll be playing for the whole of their country when they take on the might of the English in this match.
Head to Head: England $1.02- BetFair
Win Margin: England 30+ $1.50- BetEasy
Line: England -40 $1.89- SportsBet
Total Points: Even $1.91- UniBet