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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 31: The rugby world cup during the Rugby World Cup Final match between New Zealand vs Australia Final, Twickenham, London on October 31, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Haag / Hollywoodbets

After an exciting final week in so many ways at the final round of the pool stages we are set for what is going to be the most contested quarter finals in the competition history.

We had it all, some close games some not so close a Typhoon causing games to be cancelled and Scotland and World Rugby in each other faces.

Lets just not forget to mentioned the Canadian side who after their last game was cancelled against Namibia did not jump on a plane or went for a social but went to the community to help out some people after the Typhoon hit Japan.

And even after Scotland got beaten by host Japan on Sunday it seems the antics of last week is not forgotten by World Rugby who has referred the Scottish Rugby Union to an Independent Disputes Committee following the furore that surrounded the Pool A decider against Japan.

You can read all about it here…

 

But back to the rugby.

The Quarter Finals are confirmed as we see two matches on Saturday and two on Sunday.

Here is how the Quarter Finals are looking like:

Quater Finals Semi Finals Final
All Blacks  
October 19, 2019
46-14
Recap
All Blacks
October 26, 2019
7-19
Recap
Ireland
 England
England
November 2, 2019
12-32
Recap
October 19, 2019
40-16
Recap
England
 
Australia
 
Japan
October 20, 2019
3-26
Wales
October 27, 2019
16-19
Recap
Springboks
 Springboks
Wales 
October 20, 2019
20-19
Recap
Springboks
 
France
Quater Finals Semi Finals Final Semi Finals Quater Finals
All Blacks   Japan
October 19, 2019
46-14
Recap
October 20, 2019
3-26
All BlacksWales
October 26, 2019
7-19
Recap
October 27, 2019
16-19
Recap
IrelandEnglandSpringboks
 
November 2, 2019
12-32
Recap
 
EnglandSpringboksWales
October 19, 2019
40-16
Recap
 
October 20, 2019
20-19
Recap
EnglandSpringboks
  
AustraliaFrance

So first one up….

All points to England as they have for the first time since 2003 really a team that can go all the way and beat any team in this World Cup. Australia has been Australia under coach Cheika but a pushover of easy game it will not be.

Australia has the ability upset the best teams in the world as they showed earlier this year against the All Blacks in Perth.

England will take the Aussies on in the pack and will want to dominate not just upfront but with their kicking game backing it up with some real game-breakers that can score tries at the back.

(L to R) Piers Francis, Willi Heinz and George Ford – England players.
England v USA, Rugby World Cup, Pool C, Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe, Japan, Thursday 26th September 2019. Steve Haag / Hollywoodbets

If there is really a team that can play any team of the park on the day then it is England. Farrell will play a vital roll in this English side success as what Wilkinson did in the 2003 team.

The Aussies will come hard at the English and we can expect them to try and create space in the back which is not going to be easy against an English side who has been well coached by Mitchell in defence.

Prediction: We are still having England to get the win but like any of these Quarter Finals the win is there for either team. England by 11

This is a big one, New Zealand taking on the Irish in the second Quarter Final on Saturday. This match has all the makings of a huge one with one of the favourites going out of the competition.

Ireland has not been at their best this year and they have struggled without some of their key players when injured. Let’s face it, without Sexton or if he gets injured in the match, Ireland will not be able to get pass the All Blacks.

Although everyone was enjoying the free-flowing hand to hand stuff from Japan and most of the games in the pool stages, when it come to playoffs, conservative rugby wins it 99%. Even the All Blacks with all their class backs have to do the hard yards upfront and breaking down the defence before scoring the tries.

Adrie Savea – New Zealand replacement flanker gets frustrated with his ‘glasses’ and after taking them off, he prepares to throw them to the sidelines.
Canada v New Zealand, Rugby World Cup, Pool B, Oita Stadium, Oita, Japan, Tuesday 2nd October 2019. Photo – Steve Haag / Hollywoodbets

Beside that these two packs will face up nicely on Saturday, the kicking game will be one of the aspects that will decide the winner. Some may call it boring rugby but when it comes to winning a World Cup you do what is needed to win the game and move on to the next one.

Ireland can almost match the All Blacks player by player but on the day if either team does not have all 23 players 100% the game will be loss.

The small battles is the place which I look forward to the most with the likes of Stander and O’Mahony that will run at you all day and fight for every inch on the ground.

The All Blacks with all their class at the back can not win the game without good ball and as many teams how shown the only way to beat the All Blacks is to starve them from the ball. Easier said than done but possible.

Prediction: This may produce a upset with Ireland beating and knocking the World Champions out of the competition but here again we go with our gut and it is shouting All Blacks by 10

Sunday we will see Wales taking on the French and Japan taking on South Africa.

Wales have been slowly building quietly through the pool stages and are favourites going into this clash on Sunday against the French.

As per norm the French have been all but convince and rumours has it that their are infighting in the team among players and between coaches and players. Now this is nothing new when it comes to French rugby and we are to believe that this is how they even operate in the TOP14 sometimes.

This can either motivate the French or it can let this team fall apart and we will only know once they get on the field.

That they are a dangerous side, no one will argue and they have shown that in most of the World Cups in the past. They are the one team that can come from nowhere the one week and playing in the final the next so no easy task for Wales although they have a great record against them in recent years.

Wales are as a structured team as you get in World Rugby, They have a great base and they have all the makings to upset the best when they are on song but they have not been really convincing so far with the exception of that first half against the Aussies in the pool stages.

Gareth Davies – Wales scrum half and man-of-the-match tackled by Australia captain Michael Hooper.
Australia v Wales, Rugby World Cup, Pool D, Tokyo Stadium, Tokyo, Japan, Sunday 29th September 2019. Photo – Steve Haag / Hollywoodbets

Injuries have been a disruption for Wales but they have good enough players to take this game away from a disjointed French side.

The French is like the weather in winter in Cape Town, you just never what you are going to get from the men in blue. They have a good pack which can take on the Welsh upfront and they have the players that can score tries as well.

Tactically they are not the best from the teams in the playoffs but sometimes that flair just overshadow everything that the stats say.

Prediction: I know people going to say I am boring but although a upset can be on the cards, I do believe Wales is just too good a team to let this one slip against the French, Wales by 15

Saving the best for last we always say. Japan who has been a revelation in this World Cup not just on the field but off it as well have already made history to make the quarter finals.

They can go one step better on Sunday if they can find a way to beat the Springboks in their quarter final match.

It was the most unlikely Pool winners and I am sure no one predicted it but this is set to be the biggest game in Japan history. Well I know we saying it every week for the past four weeks but what this team has achieve is just amazing.

Unfortunately for Japan I believe this will end this Sunday.

If there is one team that can proud themselves in the so-called boring rugby then it is the Springboks. Rassie have establish one of the bets forward packs in the world and they will be the key to winning or loosing this one against Japan.

Franco Mostert on top of Frans Malherbe of South Africa as he is going over for a try during the Rugby World Cup Pool B match between South Africa and Canada at the Kobe Misaki Stadium, Kobe City 8th October 2019 (Mandatory Byline -Steve Haag Sports Hollywoodbets)

If Japan is allowed to play their game the Springboks may just get to feel how Ireland and Scotland felt after they have been outplayed with ball in hand.

Rassie will go into this game with a clear plan which he would have worked on long before the quarter finals were decided. He is just that kind of person who plans for any outcome and team they have to face to get to that final.

The Springbok pack will be running all day at the Japanese and we can expect them to go full out in the set pieces to setup opportunities to get the scoreboard ticking. Defence has been major part of Rassie team success so far and it would be something they know needs to be on par to keep the dangerous Japanese players from running riot at the back.

The Kicking game will also be as important as anything else in the game which I do believe Japan will see as an opportunity to counter attack if the Springboks makes mistakes.

If the Springboks execution is 100% then they will win the game and may even runaway with it. But and this is a huge BUT, if they do not execute their game 100% it will allow the Japanese to stay in the game and that is one thing you do not want.

Prediction: Have Springboks to win by more than 15 points. Japan had their final and they have done extremely well but I do believe we just have too much for them to cause anymore upsets.

Here is the schedule for the weekend:

Rugby World Cup Japan 2019

Rugby World Cup Japan 2019

Rugby World Cup Japan 2019

Rugby World Cup Japan 2019

 

 

 

8 COMMENTS

  1. “The Clash of the Titans plus Japan” – What else do Japan need to do to get respect??
    With headlines like this I almost feel like supporting Japan on Sunday (:rtfm:)

    Come on guys, Japan deserve their spot.

  2. @Oupa Joe: Sorry you feel that way JT, Japan was not even seen as making the playoffs, their own goal was QF. All the other teams in the QF are world giants Japan is still recon as a Tier 2 team.

    It was never the idea to belittle them. I actually think this shows exactly how they are giving everyone the middle finger.

  3. @Ruggaworld: You are getting a team YC from me here so sorry you think I am targetting you. This is actually a comulative affect after whatching a lot of SA media and all laughing off the Japan team as no threat this QF.
    I love the way they play and if they beat us Sunday then I won’t be surprised and not as sad as losing to England, Aus, Ire or Wales…

  4. @Oupa Joe: (:drinks:) I wil take that, The talk is a bit arrogant for my liking as well. As per my Match Preview, we need to be 100% accurate if we going o beat them. They have a simple gameplan in disrupting defensive systems with keeping ball in hand to hit defence left and right and create gabs or mismatches.

    Kicking senseless going to cost Boks big time.

  5. @Ruggaworld:

    I don’t want SA to lose but i also don’t want Japan to lose (:blush:) but we should have too much for them…
    In the Semi finals I want SA to face Wales and in the Final I want us to face and beat the AB’s – that will be my dream RWC (:drinks:)

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