The bottom line here is simple, if South Africa lose, they are officially out of the World Cup. A crazy, crazy thought for one of the worlds best sides. They will be throwing everything they have against Italy in order to remain in contention for the next stage of the competition. But you can’t discount the Azzuri, a side who was put up 48 and 47 points in their first two games respectively. Italy kept Canada to just seven points in their last match. And for South Africa, that number vs Nambia was three. Italy at the time of writing are 1st in the group on 10 points and the Springboks are 2nd on five. This is raring up to be an awesome match with some shocking consequences for the loser. Both sides have the talent and the flare to make this a really good, quality game of Rugby. And despite the Springboks being the massive favourites, don’t discount the Azzuri who have shown all World Cup, that they are not a side to be messed with!
Friday, October 04, 2019
Springboks vs Italy
Venue: Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa | Start: 7:45PM (AEST)
South Africa bounced back strongly from their opening, tight game defeat to New Zealand as they thrashed Nambia to the tune of a 57 points to three score-line. Both Mapimpi and Mbonambi each had a double in the 54 point utter rout. The Springboks had 60% possession overall as well as 62% in H1 and 58% in H2. They scored nine tries to zero and made 562m’s. They made 19 clean breaks to zero and also managed 12 offloads to three. They also missed just nine tackles in comparison to the oppositions 34. Also they won 80 rucks to 43 and eight mauls to two. This was a simply commanding and dominating performance from one of the worlds best. 10 Changes have been made to South Africa’s team for their clash against Italy. Bongi Mbonambi, Lood de Jager and Tendai Mtawarira have all been named in the starting pack. They overtake Malcolm Mark, Franco Mostert and Steven Kitshoff who will all be making their impact and presence felt of the bench. Several other players also come in to the South African side as it looks drastically different from the one that faced Nambia last game out.
Italy piled on the points as they thrashed Canada by 41 points, 48-7 last time out. Italy scored six tries to one and had 55% of the possession overall. They also made an astonishing 667m’s and beat 43 defenders. 14 Tackles was the amount they missed, especially in comparison to Italy’s 43%. They won 70 rucks and 13 lineouts as well. They might not win, but they’ll sure as hell push the Springboks to a certain extent. Matthew Proudfoot, a Springboks assistant coach, has in the lead up to this clash, called on his side to be wary of a threatening Italy foward pack. “Like every northern hemisphere pack, that’s the challenge. Very smart forwards coach (Giampiero de Carli) and they are very tough. If you look at how Steyn is playing for them – big boy, typical South African – and that is what they are going to bring to us”. Italy have also scored 14 tries over their opening two World Cup games, meaning they’ll have damaging threats all over the park to deploy against South Africa. So Proudfoot is rightfully weary of what Italy possess and what they’re able to do on the park.
Head to Head: Springboks $1.03 – Betfair
Win Margin: Springboks 30+ $2.00 – Beteasy
Handicap: Springboks -27 $1.91 – Bet365
Total Points: Springboks will score a total of 20 points first $1.03 – Unibet