Sunday, October 13

USA vs Tonga (4:45pm AEDT)
Tonga (-4.5)

An interesting match looms between the USA and Tonga on Sunday afternoon. There’s nothing more than bragging rights on offer for either, but there looks to be terrific value around Tonga particularly, who pushed Pool heavyweights France all the way last weekend.

It was always going to be a big task for Tonga to progress from the Pool stage and while it did take them a little way to find form, their most recent effort was outstanding and a repeat of that would see them flogging the United States.

The US are outclassed virtually every time they step out at a Rugby World Cup and that is the case once again. The line is incredible only 4.5 points and I am more than happy to be with Tonga.

Wales vs Uruguay (7:15pm AEDT)
Uruguay (+44.5)

Wales will sew-up top spot in Pool D with a win over Uruguay and it is important to note that they are suspended in head-to-head betting, so is the class difference between these two nations. You can have $67 about Uruguay at publish.

Wales continued their undefeated streak past Fiji most recently, albeit a reasonably tight affair, while Uruguay have been unable to replicate their opening game heroics and will head home after this.

I think that Wales will be in cruise control and given Uruguay has actually played some competitive rugby, I’ll be happy to follow them as outsiders at the line again.

Japan vs Scotland (9:45pm AEDT)
Scotland (-3.5)

The match of the weekend looks like materialising when the host nation lock horns with Scotland, potentially with a finals berth on the line.

The Brave Blossoms have been nothing short of outstanding at the 2019 Rugby World Cup. They were too good for both Russia and Samoa, while their shock win over world number two Ireland was a thing of legend.

Scotland weathered a tough loss to Ireland first-up but have since come on in a big way and enter this off the back of a huge win over Russia. I think they are fitting favourites and I actually think they’ll win this comfortably.

Saturday, October 12

New Zealand vs Italy

Match Cancelled 

England vs France

Match Cancelled. 

Ireland vs Samoa (9:45pm AEDT)
Ireland (-28.5)

With the first two blockbusters cancelled, it’s all up to Ireland vs Samoa to salvage the Saturday action at the Rugby World Cup. Realistically this was going to be the worst game on the slate and Ireland should be winning comfortably.

The loss to Japan was obviously an enormous shock, but they’ve resaddled effectively in the wake and enter this contest full of running. Samoa have been extremely disappointing at the Rugby World Cup and the end of this match and their campaign simply cannot arrive quickly enough.

Nothing les than a comfortable win will do for Ireland, and I think they’ll get it.

Friday, October 11

Australia vs Georgia (9:15pm AEDT)
Australia (-24.5)

The Wallabies final Pool D game at the 2019 World Cup is slated for Friday and they will be eager to record an easy win over minnows Georgia, to tune up for what will be a tough run through the knockout stages of the tournament.

While producing an appalling first half against Fiji, signs looked good for the Wallabies after they managed to change tac and comfortably win that match. They also performed well in the second half of their match with Wales, but it was all too little, too late. A full eighty-minute performances is clearly what is required of Michael Cheika’s men if they are any chance of making the final four, and this looms as the ideal opportunity to try and produce that.

Georgia are clearly outclassed in this fixture and simply put, will not win. I think that they’ll struggle to contain the Wallabies from the opening moment.

The line is only 24.5 points and that looks extremely manageable for the men in gold.

Wednesday, October 9

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Argentina vs USA (3:45pm AEDT)
Argentina (-20.5)

Argentina’s World Cup campaign will draw to a close when they line up opposite the USA on Wednesday.

A tight loss to France first-up all appeared to decide Argentina’s fate, and they were unable to go with England in the second half of their most-recent match on Saturday night. This looms as a great opportunity for the proud Rugby Championship nation to score a big consolation win over a lowly opponent.

I have no doubt that Argentina will win this match and that the USA are massively under the odds at $8. The 20.5-point line looks very manageable for Los Pumas.

Scotland vs Russia (6:15pm AEDT)
Scotland (-32.5)

Scotland will attempt to keep alive their chances of survival when they play Pool A minnows Russia in the evening game.

A hefty loss to Ireland first-up was responded to with a classy performance and win over Samoa last week. They still have this match and one with the tournament hosts ahead, and a win in both would carry them a long way towards progression.

Russia’s tournament was essentially over before it started, and it is tough imagining them taking much from this final hit-out. Scotland have everything to play for and should be winning comfortably.

Wales vs Fiji (8:45pm AEDT)
Highest Scoring Half '2nd' ($1.73)

The Wednesday night action will draw to a close in Oita when Wales look to take another big step towards topping Pool D, at the expense of the extremely disappointing Fiji.

The Welsh probably haven’t been at their best at the Rugby World Cup, but they’ve still recorded two wins from as many starts and should only improve into this contest.

A loss to the Wallabies first-up was understandable, but Fiji’s inability to overcome tournament minnows Uruguay has summed up their campaign. They did comfortably beat Georgia at their most-recent appearance, but that form simply cannot be trusted leading into this.

I think Fiji can compete for around 40 or 50 minutes, but with then struggle.

Tuesday, October 8

South Africa vs Canada (8:15pm)
South Africa (49.5)

The Springboks can all but confirm passage into the knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup by beating Canada tonight and realistically, they will do it easily.

South Africa’s only loss in the Pool Stage so far has understandably come at the hands of New Zealand, with whom they remained in the contest for nearly the entire 80 minutes.

Canada are yet to record a win at the Rugby World Cup and simply put, they will not be breaking the duck egg here. The line is set at 49.5 points and I think that South Africa will comfortably cover.

Sunday, October 6

New Zealand vs Namibia (2:45pm)
New Zealand (-69.5)

The biggest mismatch of the 2019 Rugby World Cup looks like playing out between the All Blacks and Namibia on Sunday afternoon.

There is obviously an enormous class difference here; New Zealand remain tournament favourites, while Namibia have never won at game at the tournament.

The line is set at 69.5 points and I think that the All Blacks will cover it easily.

France vs Tonga (5:45pm)
Tonga (+25.5)

Another class difference, but not nearly as big a disparity. France have returned two pleasing efforts at the Rugby World Cup so far and will all but confirm passage to the next round by beating Tonga.

Tonga are 0-2 following losses to England and Argentina, the latter by a margin of only sixteen points.

Given how close the France vs Argentina game was, I think that a similar margin with be produced in this match and I’m happy to be with Tonga as the outsiders, at the line.

Saturday, October 5

Australia vs Uruguay (3:15pm)
Uruguay (+51.5)

The Wallabies are back in action on Saturday afternoon and the next side in the crosshairs is Pool D minnows Uruguay.

Though tough in the second half and nearly pulling off the comeback, the Wallabies ultimately lost to Wales on Sunday and will probably now find themselves on the tough side of the draw, come the knockouts.

There is no doubt that Uruguay will be hugely outclassed, but the 51.5-point line seems way over the top given their performances so far, and I think they can finish within it.

England vs Argentina (6pm)
Argentina (+13.5)

An intriguing fixture looks set to play out in Tokyo on Saturday evening, when Six Nations heavyweights England lock horns with the Rugby Championship’s Argentina.

Los Pumas will still be disappointed by their close first-up loss to France and will be eager to pull off the upset. It is an enormous task, but they won through to the preliminary finals at the 2015 World Cup and there is no denying that they are up to it.

England have been in cruise control against Tonga and the USA and this is easily their biggest test to date. I think they’ll win, but I think it will be a nail-biter.

Japan vs Samoa (8:30pm)
Samoa (+18.5)

The host nation steps out in Saturday night’s primetime game, and they can all but secure qualification to the knockout stage of the tournament by beating Samoa.

Few people would have expected the Brave Blossoms to replicate their 2015 heroics this time around, but an incredible win over Ireland last week and set them on course for a berth in the final eight for the first time.

Samoa flogged Russia first-up but were subsequently flogged by Scotland at their second appearance at the Rugby World Cup. They struggle for consistency, but I think that the line is skewed in favour of Japan far too much.

Friday, October 4

South Africa vs Italy (7:45pm)
Italy (+25.5)

Italy continue to lead the way in Pool B, but this is the point of the tournament that they will start to struggle. Justifiably, they are rank $15 outsiders to beat South Africa ($15), but they do have some upside and I think that they can finishing within the 25.5-point line.

Given, the Italians have only lined up opposite Namibia and Canada so far, but their most-recent performance in particular was tight, and they will both improve from the hit-out and aim higher against this far tougher task.

The Springboks’ class and record speaks for itself and they should be winning.

Thursday, October 3

Georgia vs Fiji (3:15pm)
Fiji (-7.5)

This Pool D match between Georgia and Fiji looms as an interesting one.

Fiji have been less than convincing in their two matches at the Rugby World Cup so far; comfortably losing to the Wallabies first-up, before suffering one of the upset defeats of the tournament against Uruguay. There is no doubt that they’ll need to improve noticeably to record a win over Georgia and they are under the odds to do so at $1.36.

Georgia produced a spirited, though unsuccessful performance against Group heavyweights Wales, but got the campaign back on track with a comfortable win over Uruguay. All of the form suggests that Georgia should be winning, but surely the Fijians cannot be as bas as they were last week and surely, they have improved for the break.

Ireland vs Russia (8:15pm)
Ireland to Win by 41-50 Points ($4.33)

Ireland are offered the perfect opportunity to atone for their shock loss to Japan when they face Russia at the Misaki Park Stadium.

It goes without saying that Ireland weren’t at anything close to their best on the weekend but regardless of that, there were several worrying signs. They simply do not look like a chance of winning the Rugby World Cup 2019.

Russia have two duck eggs from as many starts, but they’ve been typically tough, and I think that they’ll be a thorn in the side of Ireland for around 40 minutes of this contest.

I think that Ireland will respond with a comfortable win here, and I’ve elected to take the value on offer in the 10-point winning margin market.

Wednesday, October 2

France vs USA (5:45pm)
France (-24.5)

There is no Tuesday games at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but the action returns on Wednesday for a Pool C fixture between Six Nations and Tier One side France and the United States.

There is obviously a huge class difference between these two sides, regardless of how strong of a side that Les Bleus coach Jacques Brunel decides to field, and it could prove to be a long night at the office for the USA.

France was pushed all the way by Argentina first-up but took a big step towards surviving the group by getting the result. The United States meanwhile were comfortably accounted for by England, but they should be better for the run.

I simply cannot look past France’s big edge and 24.5 points looks to be a very coverable line.

New Zealand vs Canada (8:15pm)
Canada (+66.5)

The competition favourites and defending champions New Zealand will return to action in Wednesday’s second Rugby World Cup fixture and understandably, the All Blacks are unbackable favourites. At publish, there is $67 about Canada, which is probably unders.

The All Blacks opened their campaign with a smart win over Rugby Championship rivals South Africa, and they are simply going through their gears before the knockout stage of the tournament.

I think that there is around a 35-point difference between a full-strength New Zealand side and Italy and given Italy defeated Canada by 41 points last week, that would suggest the All Blacks are good to cover the massive line on offer here. There’s almost no way that Steve Hansen will field anything close to his best team for this, however and I’m giving Canada some chance of finishing within the 66.5 points required.