Rugby World Cup Round 6 – Predictions and Preview

Some quality games on show this weekend and no mistake!

On Sunday morning, the Samoans kept their quarter-final hopes alive with a solid kicking display, to win by 20 points against Fiji. The Argentinians did likewise by stealing  victory in a see-saw battle against the Scots. Of course Saturday was the big game with the All Blacks securing victory over the French by battering them to win 37-17. They won comfortably by smashing them in defense and dominating them in the rucks and scrums.

Remember France, no matter how your day has gone… always go home with your head held high.

France vs All Blacks Rugby World Cup 2011

We are now heading boldly into the last few group games before the knock out phase of the RWC2011. Lets have a look at the Rugby World Cup predictions for Round 6.

Wales vs Namibia – 26 Sept at 8:30am (SA time)

Wee bit late on this game as I let drinking get in the way of writing this weekend, may bad, peeps. Let’s be honest though only die-hard Welsh fans and a smattering in Windhoek will be interested in this game. As I type this Wales are leading 29-0. I won’t be surprised if they score a few more tries and win by 50 points. Wales will of course be far more worried about the Fiji game on Sunday.

Score Prediction: Wales by 45-55

Canada vs Japan – 27th of Sept at 6:30am

This game may well be one of the more entertaining games of the RWC2011. Japan love to run the ball from everywhere (sometimes to their detriment) and Canada love the physical side of the game. When asked for comment on their rugby style, one of the team members had this to say “It’s like hockey but not as cold and without skates eh”. Well put sir. Japan play adventurous rugga but got out muscled at the breakdown against Tonga and I fear the same will happen again in this game.

Score Prediction: Canada by 7-15

RWC2011 Canada Rugby female supporters

Italy vs USA – 27th Sept at 8:30am

Italy have only played two games so far but conceded 32 points to the Wallabies and 17 points to the Russians. They will need to sort their defense before the all too critical game  against Ireland on Sunday. They will be keen to come away from this game injury free as the USA physically smashed the Aussies recently causing at least 4 serious injuries (thanks guys). Italy should win this comfortably but don’t be surprised if USA score some tries along the way.

Score Prediction: Italy by 15-25

Georgia vs Romania – Wed 28th of Sept at 8:30am

Another game that may be low on skill levels but high in excitement value. The Georgians will have targeted this game as one they could possibly, almost, nearly sort of win, with the Romanians probably feeling it is a game they absolutely should win. On form shown so far, the Romanians seem the better bet here but this could be fairly close. Expect big hits and aggressive forward play aplenty.

Score Prediction: Romania by 10-17

Springboks vs Samoa – 30th Sept at 9:30am

Looks like Pieter de Villiers is finally giving Bismark du Plessis a start. Yesss. Victor Matfield has recovered from his hamstring injury and will captain the side. The team has yet to be announced but it looks likely that Frans Steyn will continue at inside centre, even though Jean de Villiers has fully recovered and will come on off the bench.

The Samoans know they need to win this game or at least try to secure two bonus points from this game and hope Fiji beat Wales to have any chance of making the quarter finals. This is going to be very tricky, looking at the form and current mood of the Bok side. They will be treating this as a dress rehearsal for the (expected) quarter-final game against the Wallabies. This game will be very physical and chock a block filled with uncompromising defense. Expect a fiery first 20min with the Bokke winning comfortably with their powerful subs making a big difference in the last quarter.

Score Prediction: Bokke by 20-30

Rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on September 26, 2011.

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