Rugby World Cup 2011: Round 4 Predictions and Preview

Heyoooo, things are heating up in the RWC2011 and no mistake.

First, we had the Springboks reminding all and sundry that they will not surrender the William Webb Ellis trophy without a fluid, direct running, uncompromising defense, ‘we are not too old’ styled fight and then we had the Aussies reminding us how terrible their scrum actually is, as they went down down down to Ireland.

Rugby World Cup 2011: Round 4 Predictions

‘Hunky Dorys’ … delicious.

Well done Ireland. Great stuff. The result has shown once again that form, reputation and history have no bearing at the World Cup, another off shoot of the Irish victory is that the Bokke will now play the Wallabies in the quarter finals, which makes their route to the final far more tricksy.

Lets have a look at the RWC2011 predictions for Round 4…

Italy vs Russia – Tues 20th of Sept at 9:30am (SA time)

The Italians put up a good first half fight against Australia but were eventually beaten by 26 points in the second half by a superb backline display. They pride themselves on their scrum and forward play and will be looking to build some momentum ahead of that all too critical game against Ireland. Russia looked good in parts against USA and will be hoping for another strong performance but will need to cut down on their high error rate and improve their lineouts to ever hope to compete with the Azzurri.

Prediction: Italy by 18-25

Tonga vs Japan – Wed 21st Sept at 9:30am

This game could be a classic and will more than likely be very entertaining. Japan showed against the All Blacks that they like to play positive ball-in-hand rugby. They will have been looking at this game as the one they have the best chance of winning and expect coach John Kirwan to bring back his best players. Tonga were beaten at the death by Canada and will be keen to secure a victory for their many fans. This is a leetle tricky to predict but I am going to go with the Brave Blossoms pulling off a famous victory.

Prediction: Japan by 3-7

South Africa vs Namibia – 22nd Sept at 10am

The Bokke played very well against Fiji, they controlled the scrums and were dominant in most facets of play. It was however far from perfect and they know they will need to raise their game when they face a far tougher, more bruising Samoan side next week. They will look to tweak aspects of their game on Thurs and give some of the fringe players game time in this game.

Rugby World Cup 2011: springboks Francois Hougaard

PdV has made some changes and given Aplon a start with Habana returning on the other wing. Fran Hougaard has been in sublime form off the bench and gets a start at srumhalf, which should at least mean quicker ball from the rucks. Chilliboy is on the bench and CJ Van Der Linde gets a start as the coaches try to keep everyone fresh for the Samoan game.

Namibia have looked good in parts and have some very talented players, especially captain Burger. In the mood the Bokke are in though, do not be surprised with a bit of a hammering for the limited Namibians.

Prediction: Bokke by 55-65

Australia vs USA – Fri 23rd of Sept at 10:30am

So prediction FAIL over the weekend. Thankfully no one in my SuperBru group accurately predicted an Irish win either. The Wallabies were terrible on Saturday and once again questions over their scrum have floated to the surface. Quade Burglar Cooper had a bit of a mare and was successfully targeted by a Irish defenders. USA were once again very solid in defense in their victory over the Russians but will be far more severely tested in this game. They may well feel the brunt of a wounded Wallaby side and will do well to finish within 20 points.

Prediction: Australia by 35-45

Stay tuned for the weekend games predictions…

Rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on September 20, 2011.

2 Responses to “Rugby World Cup 2011: Round 4 Predictions and Preview”

  1. Hey, Congrats to RSA on their last game against Namibia and to Wallabies against USA. I’m pretty sure, you guys at Bowl’s philosophy are gonna be happy. Let me tell you we’ve been following RWC. It’s being hard since games are on TV at 2:30 a.m. on our side of the planet, but nothing keeps us from watching the rugby matches with some beers.

    Last match of the season is played Saturday 24th. here in Guatemala and let me tell you my city is one of the three which has a ladies team now. We at Xela (my city) rule.

    • Hey Pedro,

      Thanks for your comment. Yeah, we’re pretty stoked with the Boks’ last 2 games, but there’s (hopefully) a long road ahead to the business end of the competition.

      I spent a month in your country in 2001, mainly around Lago Atitlan, Antigua, Chichicastenango and of course Tikal. I think it was my favourite of all the Central American countries, beautiful, rich with culture and a pleasure to spend time in.

      Glad you’re such and avid fan of Rugby, keep that passion alive!

      Thanks for reading,
      arnie and rennton

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