Ireland and Samoa. Ireland bar their loss to Japan have been unbeatable. And Samoa have never given up and even claimed a 25 point win over Russia. A great game to watch, that’s for sure. And in more shocking news, the other two matches that were scheduled for this day in the form of England vs France and the All Blacks vs the Azzuri have both been canceled due to Typhoon Hagibis. France will not have a chance to finish 1st and Italy will not even finish in the Top Two. Had they shocked New Zealand, they would have gotten through. Italy expressed their frustration at this and rightfully so. They were right in backing up the claim that the World Cup organisers needed back up options. The French will now have to settle for 2nd spot and Italy have basically been screwed over. Safety first is the definite right approach here, but the way it’s been handled could have definitely been better.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Ireland vs Samoa
Venue: Fukuoka Hakatanomori Stadium | Start: 9:45PM (AEST)
Ireland did it easy, real easy in their commanding 35-0 win over the Bears. The Irish dominated possession at 63% vs 37%. In the first half they held onto 67% of the ball. And in the second half it was at a still very strong 59%. They scored five tries to none and made 589m’s. 23 Defenders were beaten and 16 clean breaks were made. They only had to make 95 tackles and it was just the 11 that they missed. Seven turnovers are how many they won, as was 107 rucks. That’s almost double Russia’s amount, 53. They also conceded only the six penalties. Depending on Japan’s result, this is a really amazing chance for Ireland to top their group. They will most definitely not let it slip. They are currently 2nd but a win would move them up to 1st. The real question isn’t whether they’ll win or not, rather by how much?
Samoa are second last in their pool ahead of only Russia. This game for them is nothing but a pride game. But in typical Pacific Islander fashion, expect them to provide some highlight plays and really rattle Ireland with some big hits. The Samoan’s last match was a closer then you’d think defeat to Japan. In the end they went down by 19 points, 38-19. Henry Taefu scored all their points and also got their only try of the game. To their credit Samoa only allowed Japan to score four. And two of the opposition tries came from 75+ minutes onwards. The possession was spilt at 50% each. H1 saw Samoa own 49% of the ball and H2 saw them have 51% of it. They ran for 333m’s and beat 14 defenders. They turned it over just 13 times and made 133 tackles. They also won nine turnovers and 72 rucks. Five was the number of scrums they won and they conceded just 10 penalties. Ireland are a class or three above Samoa, but don’t expect the big boys to go down without making their fans proud!
Head to Head: Ireland $1.04- Betfair
Win Margin: Ireland/Ireland $1.14- Bet365
Handicap: Ireland -26 $1.91- Bet365
Total Points: The 2nd half will have the most total points in it $1.67- Bet365