Rugby World Cup 2011 – Predictions and Preview

The last round of pool games before Shitake gets real! Are you ready?… beers, snacky treats, supporters jersey, life-size cut out of Bakkies Botha next to me on the couch…check!

So far the only teams assured of quarter-final spots are the All Blacks and Australians. Although realistically France will beat Tonga, the waters get muddy when you look at the possible permutations of other results this weekend. That’s right peeps… permutations!

The Bokke should secure their place in the knock out stages with a victory over Samoa but who will they face? Who indeed. Let’s have a closer look.

This week was cruel to me on the Superbru first with the draw between Japan and Canada and the Romanians not bothering to show up in their game against Georgia but this weekend, I aim to get back on the yellow cap Superbru saddle with my predictions for the Rugby World Cup Round 7.

Australia vs Russia – 1st of Oct at 4:30am (SA time)

australia vs russia rugby world cup prediction

The Aussies have been so smashed by injuries, that coach Robbie Deans has chosen Radike Samo on the wing for this game. Samo usually plays in the loose forwards, so what he lacks in pace he makes up for in size, strength and an awesome afro. Russia have looked good in parts but were manhandled by Ireland and similar punishment will come their way this Sat.

Australia vs Russia Prediction: Wallabies by 60-70

France vs Tonga 1st Oct at 7:00am

Tonga have stated that they are keen to take on the soft underbelly that is France’s midfield. All fine and well but it is the forward battle they should be focussing on. Les Bleus have a very good pack of forwards (especially when Marc Lievremont picks his first choice players) and it is off the good go-forward ball that France will launch their attacks from. Expect big hits and passion aplenty from the Tongans but that’s about it.

France vs Tonga Prediction: France by 35-45

England vs Scotland – 1st of Oct at 9:30am

Don’t expect a try fest in this game. This will be knock-out rugga at it’s finest. If England lose by more than 7, their RWC2011 is over. Argentina will more than likely get the full 5 points from their last game, so England need to win this to finish at the top of the pool and more than likely face France in the quarters. A loss by less than 7 may well mean a quarter-final against the All Blacks, which would end their RWC campaign there and then. Expect the Scots to come out fighting but to fall short in a close hard-fought Northern Hemisphere battle.

England vs Scotland Prediction: England by 7-15

Argentina vs Georgia – 2nd Oct at 2:00am

Argentina Rugby world cup supporters

Argentina will win this with a 4 try bonus point but will be hoping for an injury free scenario as they will more than likely face the mighty All Blacks in the quarters next week. There has been some good forward play by Georgia and a fine effort against Romania (thanks again for firetrucking my Superbru) in this RWC but they are way below the standards of, even an injury hit, Pumas side. Like all minnow sides, they will struggle with the short turnaround time and will fall badly off the pace in the last 20 min or so.

Argentina vs Georgia Prediction: Argentina by 30-40

All Blacks vs Canada – 2nd Oct at 4:30am

Canada have just come off a 23-all thriller vs Japan and will have targeted that as their possible second win in this RWC. To ask them to play the number 1 side in the world with only 4 days to prepare is harsh to the max. The All Blacks will be looking to nipple tweak certain parts of their game that need work, whatever these may be, I for one can’t see any. Expect a mauling by the home side as they ready themselves for the knock out game next week.

All Blacks vs Canada Predictions: All Blacks by 65-75

Wales vs Fiji – 2nd Oct at 7:am

Wales will know what they need to do in order to secure their Quarter Final spot by kick off but more than likely a win of any description will do. It seems unlikely that Samoa will secure a bonus point against the Bokke, so Wales will even sneak through with a bonus point loss. Fiji looked average at best against the Bokke and limited against a powerful forward display against Samoa recently. Stranger things have happened but Wales are a better side in this Rugby World Cup, so don’t expect a repeat of the RWC2007, when Fiji knocked them out.

Wales vs Fiji Prediction: Wales by 25-35

Ireland vs Italy – 2nd Oct at 9:30am

Bok fans will be very interested in the result of this game as a win for Italy sends Ireland home and means the Bokke avoid playing the Wallabies in the QFs. A win of any description for the Irish will put them at the top of the log and will result in them more than likely playing Wales. Italy have the game to beat the Irish, especially with their powerful front row and talisman, Martin Castrogiovanni, who may or may not look like a shorter, overweight version of an unshaven Frans Steyn, at tighthead.

Ireland vs Italy World Cup Prediction

This could be a cracker of a game. Again, not many tries but front row forwards the world over will relish the scrum battle. I reckon the Irish have too much firepower out wide and have the measure of the Italians in the backs. Look out for captain Sergio Parisse having another blinder as that is just what he does. Hard to predict this but am going to go with Ireland, just.

Ireland vs Italy Prediction: Ireland by 3-7.


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~ by bowlphilosophy on September 29, 2011.

6 Responses to “Rugby World Cup 2011 – Predictions and Preview”

  1. Ooph, a winning margin by so much for Wales would be a dream come true. We’ll take a point given recent history, but I’m all for that scoreline!

  2. Guys I need your predictions sooner than later so I can use them to evaluate my poor performance in Superbru rankins .. now lower 50% sucks

  3. I need your Q.finals predictions please need to do my picks on superbru!!!

  4. In the end we (Wales) got much more than expected – glad ot have gotten up at 5am for it!

  5. Rugby World Cup 2011 Quarter Final Predictions are in the post, they’ll be up in a couple of hours. Intense debate around some of the matches…stay tuned!

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