Lots of upsets last week, and my refusal to acknowledge that this experimental Wales side is better than Argentina has been costing me on Superbru.
Going into the final round of matches, predictions may be even harder with a couple of dead rubbers in store.
Fiji v Tonga
The home side appears to be the best bet here. Fiji by 13
Japan v Georgia
Going with the home side again for this one. Japan by 9
New Zealand v France
A dead rubber, but that could be even more dangerous for France if the All Blacks try and run it from everywhere. New Zealand by 28
Australia v Ireland
I was pleased to pick Ireland’s win last week, based on the returning Jonny Sexton and Tadhg Furlong, and with that victory under their belt, they should be confident enough to clinch the series. Ireland by 4
South Africa v England
Can England salvage anything from this tour? Is there anything to salvage? The wheels have well and truly come off England’s chariot, the knives are being sharpened for Eddie Jones and how many more cliches can I get into one sentence?
What frustrated me most at the weekend was the total lack of response to the defeat in the first Test. Almost the same team made many of the same mistakes, and it appears those in charge are unable to see the failings that seem so clear to everyone else. And this weekend, Danny Cipriani finally gets a go, but it feels like a begrudging selection, and that this is likely to be his only chance, and what will be difficult conditions.
Eddie Jones said this in the team announcement press release: “We are expecting a wet and windy old day at Newlands and have elected to play Danny Cipriani ahead of George Ford to give us a left-foot kicking option.”
What? If there’s one thing that a backline featuring Owen Farrell, Henry Slade, Elliot Daly and Mike Brown does not need is additional kicking options, and two of those players are left-footed. So what is Eddie talking about? I am losing faith, and suddenly our World Cup group featuring France and Argentina has calamity written all over it.
South Africa by 7
Canada v USA
Based on recent results against Scotland in the past fortnight, it seems that USA has the edge in this classic rivalry. USA by 13
Argentina v Scotland
I still can’t come to terms with Argentina’s two heavy defeats to Wales, and given that the Scots lost to the USA last week, I’m picking the Pumas again. Argentina by 6
Which predictions do you disagree with?
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