France will want to/ will win big. While the All Blacks also will want to/ will win big. With no disrespect to either the USA or Canada, the top nations opposition for these matches, it will be like a training run for them. France showed small glimpses of their ultimate potential in their tight 23-21 victory over Argentina. Whilst New Zealand did the same in their 10 point victory over South Africa. But never side has fully clicked into gear yet, which makes these matches have the potential to be both very damaging as well as very scary. On the other side of things, America was damaged by 38 points against England as they scored the lone try. And Canada was equally as appalling, possibly worse in their large defeat to Italy. If your going to tune into these games, your watching them for the top nations, not the bottom ones!
Wednesday, October 02, 2019
France vs USA
Venue: Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium | Start: 5:45PM (AEST)
It was a game of large leads as France eventually overcame the Pumas to the tune of a 23 points to 21 scoreline. The French just overcame Argentina, that despite each side crossing the white line for two tries a piece. And looking back at the match, France may have had luck as a contributing factor to their two point victory. They made more tackles then the Pumas, 123-105. They gave away 15 penalties. They lost three rucks and won only three mauls. In comparison, Argentina lost one and won seven. They also gave the ball away 16 times and throughout the game had only 42% possession. Unfortunately of the field Typhoon Mitag has a chance of threatening the two sides game. It is currently at the South West Coast of Japan. And very unluckily for France, all games that are canceled are counted as a 0-0 draw. However, that is only a small chance of happening given that it is currently moving away from Japan’s coastline.
The USA were simply pummeled in their last match, as they went down hard 45-7 to England. The American’s scored a late consolation try, but that was just about all they could take from the heavy defeat. Overall they had just 30% possession! And only 26% of it in the 2nd half! That severely impacted their chances of doing any real harm/damage to England. They also had just 56 carries to England’s 157. And they gained just 233m’s vs the English’s 639m’s. Tackling wise they were forced into some heavy defence as they made 169 tackles. Yet they still managed to miss a disappointing 23. John Quill got suspended for three weeks as a result of a red card. It happened because of the horror tackle he did whilst playing England. And as a result he has headed home and will play no more part in the USA’s World Cup games. It’s an obvious, disappointing piece of news for the Americans. The awful tackle was a shoulder charge to Owen Farrell’s head.
Head to Head: France $1.05 – Unibet
Win Margin: France 13+ $1.25 – Unibet
Handicap: France -25 $1.90 – Sportsbet
Total Points: France will score a total of 20 points first $1.05 – UniBet
All Blacks vs Canada
Venue: Oita Stadium | Start: 8:15PM (AEST)
The All Blacks managed to get it done, if only ever so slightly, in their 23-13 victory over a resilient Springboks side. New Zealand only owned 47% of the ball throughout the match, but somehow still managed to outscore their opponents two tries to one. New Zealand missed 28 tackles and won only three mauls in what was an off effort from one of the worlds best sides. But that’s what the great ones do, they find a way to win, even when they’re having an off game. Fair play to them for getting it done against South Africa. Jordie, Scott and Beauden Barrett will become just the second trio of brothers to appear in a World Cup game together when they face Canada. The history making brothers are just three of the 11 changes being made for the match against the Canadian’s. The All Blacks starting side is as follows (15-1). Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane, Richie Mo’unga, TJ Perenara; Kieran Read (captain), Matt Todd, Shannon Frizell, Scott Barrett, Patrick Tuipulotu, Angus Ta’avao, Liam Coltman and Atu Moli. Then the reserves are, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Sam Whitelock, Ardie Savea, Brad Weber, Ryan Crotty and Ben Smith.
Canada were not great to say the least during their appalling 48-7, 41 point loss to Italy. Canada held just 39% of the ball in the 1st half and they had just 45% possession overall. Not aiding their cause was the fact that they missed 43 tackle attempts and conceded 23 turnovers. They also gave away 11 penalties and won only four scrums and two mauls. Italy just played them of the park and made them pay badly for their errors. Leading up to this match, the Canadian’s have been a bit in awe of their opponents and in particular Andrew Quatrrin. “It means a lot getting to play the All Blacks, knowing that if I’m in the game and if I’m going to catch a ball, Kieran Read could be smashing me”. He went on to say how “insane” it is to have the opportunity to play them. And that his side pales in comparison to the might of the world best. Describing himself as just an “average joe” when pitted against his fellow opposition players. It’s a nice view to have, but it sure as heck wont do them any favours when they’re playing them out on the field.
Head to Head: All Blacks $1.00 – Bet365
Win Margin: All Blacks 80+ $4.20 – Sportsbet
Line: All Blacks -67 $1.90 – Sportsbet
Total Points: The total amount of points scored in the 2nd half will be odd $1.91- UniBet