Rugby World Cup 2011: Quarter-final Predictions and Preview – part 2

Why oh why do these games have to be on a Sunday?

The IRB are going to be responsible for the vast majority of South African fans getting face smashed drunk at 7am in the morning. Real responsible IRB, well done.

This week’s RWC2011 news has been largely dominated by the injury to Dan (no longer) the man Carter.

Dan Carter Girlfriend Jockey Underwear

Yes, that is his girlfriend. Niiice.

The All Black’s game has been built on the star flyhalf’s mind bottling abilities and the majority of their success hinges on his accurate kicking, swift passing, line breaking, wise decision-making, solid tackling and all round Maverick performances. The All Blacks will miss him. Oh yes, they will miss him.

Enough of that though, let’s walk on over to the actual predictions.

RWC2011 quarter-final 3: Springboks vs Australia

The Springboks have been hit with a fairly shitake injury themselves with Frans donkey boot Steyn sent home with a shoulder injury. Steyn had been in fine form and had taken to the inside centre role like a duck to a cheese platter. Which is pretty awesome if you ever get a chance to see it. While the Boks lose the option of the 60 metre penalty kick they do have an able and experienced replacement in a fit again Jean de Villiers.

News in today is that Bakkies Botha is out, after once again injuring his Achilles in training. The good news is that back up Danie Rossouw on current form is probably a better option anyway. JP Pietersen, who has been exceptional on the wing so far, is apparently over his knee injury and will start, if not the explosive Francois Hougaard will take his place.

The Wallaby team is looking very strong at the moment with the only serious injuries being on the wing, with Drew Mitchell being sent home. Powerhouse, Digby Ione, has recovered from his broken thumb and slots straight back into the starting line up. Bad news for the Boks is that David Pocock is fully fit and will start. The Wallabies looked fairly average without him and his duel with Brussuow will be one of the battle areas where this game will be won or lost.

The current Tri-Nations champs have had the edge over the Boks recently, winning 5 of their last 6 meetings. Will that mean anything in a Rugby World Cup quarter-final though? The Boks will need to be incredibly accurate in everything they do if they are to win this game and will need to try control the pace of the game to stand a chance. Containing Quade burglar Cooper will be the order of the day for the Boks with a side order of physical domination.

Quade Coopers girlfriend

May as well stick with rugby player’s girlfriends, here’s Stephanie Burglar Cooper, good form.

This game will be a cracker of awesome proportions and is a tough one to call. The Wallabies start as slight favourites but the Boks tend to prefer being underdogs and for many of the senior players, a loss will mean their last game for the Bokke. Expect committment and passion aplenty, not to mention some ferocious defense. Will this be enough to subdue the incredible Aussie backline? I think so.

Kick-Off: Sunday 9th of Oct at 7:00am (SA time)

Venue: Wellington Stadium, Wellington

South Africa vs Australia Prediction: Boks by 5-12

RWC2011 Quarter-final 4: All Blacks vs Argentina

As mentioned the All Blacks are without Dan and rumour has it that Ritchie captain awesome McCaw is still not completely over his foot injury. Graham Henry and co will play him regardless, especially now and this means that the Pumas have the teeniest of tiny chances on Sunday.

The Pumas have not been the giant killers they were at RWC2007 and struggled against the English and Scottish to scrape into the knock out phase. They do have a very good scrum and powerful forwards and will be hoping to at least achieve parity in the set plays. They have been hard hit by injuries though and will be relying on good old-fashioned pride and passion in the hope that they are within range near the end of the game to snatch what would be the biggest upset in RWC history.

The All Blacks have so many game breakers in their side that the loss of Carter should not really matter and even though Colin Slade is not up to scratch as a replacement, he will be good enough against the Pumas. Expect the likes of Ma’a dreadlocks Nonu to dominate in the midfield, with the explosive Sonny boxer Williams coming on in the 2nd half to make life for the Argentinians even harder.

Jerome Kaino is one of the players of the tournament so far and he will provide the quality go-forward ball which the backs will thrive off. The Pumas do not have the players to really test this All black side but peeps said the same of the French side 4 years ago… Knock out rugby does strange things to the ABs but I just can’t see them choking losing on Sunday and will cruise through to the semis to face the Boks.

Kick-Off: 9th of Oct at 9:30am

Venue: Eden Park, Auckland

New Zealand vs Argentina Prediction: All Blacks by 20-30

Rennton

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~ by bowlphilosophy on October 6, 2011.

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