All four sides playing in these two matches, have massive points to prove. Georgia want to prove that they can play consistently good Rugby. This coming after their 33-7 defeat of Uruguay. Which came of their heavy 43-14 loss to Wales. Fiji simply need a win and a big win at that as their three point loss to Uruguay made their chances of advancing past the group stage a hell of a lot more difficult then it already was to begin with. Ireland were stunned after their shock seven point loss to the Japanese. And that came after their commanding win over Scotland. They want to bounce right back into the win column and pick up right where they left of after their opening game 24 point victory. As for Russia, they’re looking for a first up win. And despite being huge underdogs, who’s to say they can’t be the second unexpected nation to beat the Irish in a row?
Thursday, October 03, 2019
Georgia vs Fiji
Venue: Hanazono Rugby Stadium | Start: 3:15PM (AEST)
Georgia did a job on Uruguay last time out in their 26 point, 33-7 commanding win. The Georgian’s scored five tries to one as Uruguay also saw a red card in the 77th minute of the match. It was as a result of a high-tackle from Gattas on Sutiashvili. Georgia dominated possession with 59% of the ball. They also owned 62% of it in the 2nd half. They made 431 m’s to the oppositions 175m’s. They also had to make just 99 tackles to Uruguay’s 128. Finally, they won 75 rucks to their 55. It was a strong, strong win from the Georgian’s indeed. Georgia have been left pissed of and World Rugby embarrassed after a Russian song played through the stadium in the aftermath of their big victory over Uruguay. “Georgia is not Russia”, were the simple yet strong words that Georgian coach Milton Haig pronounced. And World Rugby were forced to apologise. Jaba Bregvadze, captain of Georgia, echoed his coach’s sentiments, when he said he hoped that this error would not be made again. “I want to take this moment to ask the person who played the Russian music, next time don’t make the mistake again, please”. Far out World Rugby!
Meanwhile Fiji were thoroughly outplayed in their three point, 30-27 defeat to Uruguay. Los Teros won the match courtesy of a last minute Volavola missed kick of the post. But they played and performed so much better then the Fijian’s and no doubt deserved the epic win. Fiji owned 56% of the ball in the 1st half and 62% in the 2nd. They also scored five tries to three and made 21 clean breaks to the oppositions five. They also made 86 less tackles then Uruguay. Yet somehow, some way, they couldn’t manage to fight and claw their way to a potential win and instead suffered the very sorry defeat. As it currently stands (at the time of writing), Fiji have only two points. The 2nd placed Wallabies in their group have six. And 3rd placed Georgia have five. They need a big margin of victory over Georgia to remain in the hunt for a top two spot. And anything less will be severely disappointing for the Pacific Islanders. Fiji desperately need the win and it should show. Expect a big, big Fijian performance in this one.
Head to Head: Fiji $1.45 – Betfair
Win Margin: Fiji 1-12 $2.70 – Tab
Handicap: Fiji -7 $1.91 – Bet365
Total Points: Total number of points scored will be odd $1.90 – Palmerbet
Ireland vs Russia
Venue: Kobe Misaki Stadium | Start: 8:15PM (AEST)
Well, well, well. Words can’t quite describe Ireland’s absolute shock 19-12 upset loss to Japan. But stats can go someway in doing so. Ireland had 49% of the ball overall and in the first half it was a relatively small 42%. They suffered the agony of defeat despite outscoring Japan, two tries to one. Ireland turned over the ball 15 times and missed a big 18 tackles. They also gave away nine penalties. Garry Ringrose and Rob Kearney were the only Irish try-scorers during the match. And the result obviously, absolutely delighted the home-crowd. In Thursday’s training session, Jack Conan suffered a fracture in his foot after it was trod on. And as a result he is sadly expected to miss the rest of the World Cup. Ulster’s Jordi Murphy is expected to be the man that replaces him. Joe Schmidt’s side saw him as a key player that could help them advance far into the tournament this year, but unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Murphy did not play on Friday night against Ospreys as a precaution. And they were right to withdraw him from playing in the match given the dire situation at hand now.
Russia suffered a 25 point defeat to Samoa in their last pool game. The Bears had 60% possession and 62% of the time they had the ball, they spent it in Samoa’s half. But it just wasn’t enough in the 34 points to nine loss. Russia couldn’t manage a single try and missed a huge 44 tackles. And they made just 270m’s in comparison to Samoa’s 519m’s. One bright side for the Bears however is that they won 107-67 rucks and six mauls to four. Something they can hopefully make into a legitimate advantage in this game. Russian coach Lyn Jones at the start of the World Cup declared that he wanted his side to play with ‘no fear, just self-expression’. And he acknowledged that the Bears were only here to begin with due to three teams above them playing ineligible players. But so far, Russia have shown some of the fight that lives within each and everyone of their players and they are battling hard to overcome the odds that are stacked against them. They are far from the most fancied team in the world, but they should be proud of showing some ticker in legitimate matches that matter.
Head to Head: Ireland $1.00 – Bet365
Win Margin: Ireland 51+ $1.58 – Tab
Line: Ireland -52 $1.91 – Bet365
Total Points: Ireland to have more total points then Russia in the 1st half an be leading by 15+ as a result $1.17 – Tab