Two simply fantastic games! I can’t put it any better then that. England have held the recent wood over the Wallabies and most recently beat them 37-18. Before that it was 30-6 and so on. And when Ireland and New Zealand last faced of, the Irish posted a shock 16-9 victory. The All Blacks were held try-less in that encounter. England are in this round of the back of their 19 point rout of Argentina. And the Aussies are facing them after their hard-fought 27-8 win over Georgia. In the second match of the day, Ireland are here after their crushing 47-5 win over Samoa. And New Zealand posted an even more impressive 71-9 thrashing of Namibia. Who will go through? Only time will tell. But expect the Aussies to pull of the upset and for Ireland to really bring the game to New Zealand.
Saturday, October 19, 2019
England vs Australia
Venue: Oita Stadium | Start: 6:15PM (AEST)
Australia finished 2nd in their group behind Wales and as a result of this, they have to face of against the red-hot England for a spot in the next stage of the finals. The Wallabies last match was a grind it out sort of a game. They did eventually however get the job done as they toppled Georgia, 27 points to eight. Despite the match being pretty evenly contested or at least harder then the Wallabies thought it would be, the stats say otherwise and don’t really reflect that. They scored four tries to one and had 76% of the ball throughout the game. That resulted in Georgia only having 24% possession. The Wallabies also ran for 535m’s and beat 30 defenders. Georgia just beat eight of their’s. The Wallabies also made 10 clean breaks to three and missed just eight tackles to 30. 123 Rucks and eight mauls is how many they won in both of those categories.
England topped their group on PD after the typhoon unfortunately rendered their game against France void and canceled. Eddie Jones and his side will probably be pretty content with this draw given that of the eight sides left in the World Cup, the Wallabies are arguably the weakest. Their last game was a commanding 29-10, 19 point victory over the Pumas. They nullified Argentina’s attack as they scored just the solitary try. That while England crossed for a nice six themselves. They dominated the possession game with 59%. And they owned a large 64% of the ball in the 1st half alone. They ran for 433m’s and beat 28 defenders. They also slightly edged them clean breaks wise, 8-5. They turned the ball over just 10 times and won five themselves. They won 99 rucks to 75 and seven mauls to three. England are in very, very good stead for this game, especially so considering the extra rest they’ve gained through not having to play the French.
Watch out for: Haylett-Petty (AUS). He has crossed for three tries so far this World Cup campaign. And coming up against an English side that has scored 35, 45 and 39 points over their three games, the Wallabies will need all the powerful attacking and try-scoring help that they can get.
Watch out for: Farrell (ENG). He has scored 24 points in total this World Cup at an average of eight per game. That’s good enough to be in the Top 10 for total points so far. If the game is close, as it should be, then his kicking ability will become very, very crucial to England’s hopes of beating Australia.
Head to Head: Wallabies $3.85- Betfair
Win Margin: Wallabies 1-12 $4.50- Beteasy
Handicap: Wallabies +8 $1.91- Bet365, Unibet
Total Points: Wallabies will reach a total of 10 points first $2.80- Beteasy
New Zealand vs Ireland
Venue: Tokyo Stadium | Start: 9:15PM (AEST)
The All Blacks topped their group as expected. Although their last game against Italy was sadly canceled due to the typhoon. They are strong and powerful and no one, including Ireland, will be able to stop them or tell them other wise. 71-9 was the score when they last played against Namibia. 11 tries to zero was the telling stat from that match, they couldn’t be stopped. They had 52% possession in H1 and H2 saw them have 56% possession. Overall they had 54% possession. They ran for an outstanding 793m’s. They also beat 44 defenders and had 24 clean breaks. Outside of that, they missed just 15 tackles and won seven turn overs. They won 95 rucks and three mauls. Eight was the amount of penalties that they gave away. To top that of, their previous effort against Canada was a 63-0 win. And their opening match was a 10 point, 23-13 victory over the Springboks. New Zealand know how to win in every way possible. There is not a scenario here in which the All Blacks don’t defeat Ireland.
Ireland have had a very nice World Cup to date, their only loss was a tight defeat to Japan. Overall, they have won 3/4 matches and have a healthy PD of +94. Their last game was a strong 47-5 win over Samoa. They posted a 42 point win margin. Despite the fact that Aki received a red card in the 28th minute of the match, they still crossed for four tries afterwards. And they outscored them seven to one overall. They dominated the possession with 75% overall. And in the 2nd half they were particularly strong with 80% of it. They beat 28 defenders and has six clean breaks to two. Outside of that, they had to make just 63 tackles to Samoa’s 190. They also gave away just five penalties, whereas Samoa conceded 17. The Irish have had some good preparation leading up to this game, but New Zealand should still prove to be to strong for them in the end.
Watch out for: Loane (NZ). He has averaged 2.5 offloads per game for the All Blacks this World Cup so far. His offloading ability is massive in helping the All Blacks to continue to move the ball around the field or in gaining a few more meters. He will be influential in the All Blacks attack this match.
Watch out for: van der Flier (IRE). He’s made 41 tackles so far at an average of 13.7 per game. We all know how strong, crazily strong the All Blacks attack is. It will be due to players such as van der Flier and what they do on defence that will give Ireland the slightest possible hope of the upset win.
Head to Head: All Blacks $1.23- Betfair
Win Margin: All Blacks 13+ $1.97- Sportsbet
Line: All Blacks -11 $1.91- Bet365
Total Points: The 2nd half will have the most total points in it $1.81- Unibet