Rugby World Cup 2011 – Round 2 Predictions and Preview
My thoughts on the Rugby World Cup 2011 so far… massive enjoyment and no mistake!
How is this piece of shiver inducing awesomeness as the Tongan Sipi Tau vs the All Blacks’ Haka got the juices flowing before the first game…
As yet we have not had any upsets but the so-called minnow sides have already shown that they will not be the push overs that they have been in recent Rugby World Cups. First up we had Tonga coming back nicely after being dominated in the first half by the All Blacks. This was followed by Japan, Romania and USA all being far more competitive than expected. Even Namibia impressed with some exciting play against Fiji.
One thing is for sure, the SuperBru RWC2011 predicting is going to be a tricky affair. So far I am coming 1950th in the global pool. Anyone out there fancy dropping me some of their predictions and winning margins before each round?
No? Sure?…didn’t think so.
Well here are my RWC 2011 predictions for round 2 because I am giving that way.
Samoa vs Namibia – Wed 14th at 4:30am (SA time)
Many are expecting Samoa to be the dark horse at this year’s RWC2011 and after the recent shock victory over Australia, who can argue. They have kept the same team from that day and will be itching to get on the field for their first game. Expect huuuge hits and fast running rugby from the Samoans. Namibia will do well to keep it mostly toit and in the forwards but may be at the wrong end of a big score.
Prediction: Samoa by 20-30
Tonga vs Canada – Wed 14th at 7am
The Tongans will be keen to follow up their performance last week with a win against Canada and given the expected huge crowd support, they may well do so. They have made quite a few changes, due to injury niggles though and this may upset the combinations in the side. Canada will not be easy and will have targeted this as one of their best chances at victory.
Prediction: Tonga by 6-10
Scotland vs Georgia – Wed 14th at 9:30am
Scotland struggled against Romania, particularly in the scrums, which is an area the Georgians will be targeting, that and the all important physical exchanges. Scotland should win this one but will be hoping to do so with minimal injuries.
Prediction: Scotland by 16
Russia vs USA – Thurs 15th at 9:30am
Any time these two countries meet in a team sport there is something deep down in their DNA that says, this is the enemy… also, duck and cover.
USA, led by ex-Lions player Todd Clever, were very impressive on defense against Ireland but were fairly average in the scrums and lineouts. If Russia can dominate the forward battle they will have a good chance of an upset here but the USA have too much experience and should take this possible classic.
Prediction: USA by 12
All Blacks vs Japan – Fri 16th at 10am
Japan did very well against France on Saturday with New Zealand born flyhalf James Arlidge scoring all of their points, including 2 tries. They have been hit by injuries though and will struggle against the best side in the world. It will be interesting to see who Graham Henry chooses for this game but either way it should be a hammering.
Prediction: All Blacks by 40-50.