Two top sides. Two big victories. Claims and accusations of being spied on. It all makes up to be one hell of an entertaining clash come Saturday night. England topped Pool C and the All Blacks topped Pool B. The English are backing up in this one after a convincing 24 point, 40-16 win over a lackluster Australian side. New Zealand are here after they dismantled Ireland with relative ease by 32 points, 46-14. Both sides put up the points in those ones and will be looking to do so again in this one. Adding to the heat of this clash, Eddie Jones has sensationally claimed that his side were spied on during one of their training sessions. Saying it was something that his security side had notified him about. He also went on to claim that they were doing the exact same thing. Absolute utter madness! This is sure to be a great one.
Saturday, October 26, 2019
England vs New Zealand
Venue: International Stadium Yokohoma | Start: 7:00PM (AEST)
Both teams topped their respective pools. And both sides head into this highly anticipated encounter on the back of big, big wins. England beat Australia, 40-16. And New Zealand beat Ireland, 46-14.
England beat the Wallabies by 24 points in their blow out victory last time out. May bagged two tries as they outscored their opponents four tries to one. They claimed the win despite having very little of the ball, 36%. In H1 it was at 40% and H2 was just 32%. They also made less m’s, 275 vs 578 and had less clean breaks, eight vs 14, then the Wallabies did. Less defenders beaten, 13 vs 21 and more missed tackles, 21 vs 13. 48 Rucks were won by them, in comparison to AUS’s 113. Eight penalties was how many they gave up vs the other sides five. In a lot of the major categories, England lost. But they came through strong to win where it mattered the most, the score-board!
The All Blacks did it pretty comfortably in their 32 point thrashing of the Irish in their last finals game. Smith scored twice as they outscored Ireland, seven tries to one! The possession was split evenly at 50% each throughout the game. They ran for 488m’s. Beat 32 defenders. Made 18 clean breaks to two. Turned the ball over just 10 times, Ireland were at 18. They missed only 13 tackles to the opponents 32. They won eight turnovers. 100 Rucks were also won by them. They suffocated Ireland and barely allowed them to make an impact in the game. This was the perfect warm-up for their match against Eddie Jones’s men.
Eddie Jones in the lead up to this clash announced that his side were spied on as they were preparing for Saturday nights affair. He made the bold and controversial claim after claiming that their security team saw someone film their entire training session from a near by apartment block. “We knew [we were being filmed] from the start, it doesn’t change anything, we love it.” He also said that England had somebody over at the All Blacks session as well. This will just add to what will already be a very, very spicy affair. Will the All Blacks have gained any benefits from this? Only time will tell.
Head to Head: New Zealand $1.42 – Betfair
Win Margin: New Zealand 13+ $2.95 – Unibet
Handicap: New Zealand -7 $2.00 – Bet365
Total Points: New Zealand will reach a total of 10 points first $1.45- Beteasy