Autumn Internationals 2018: Round 1 Predictions

Ross Moriarty

Firstly, if you haven’t yet joined our pool for the Autumn Internationals on Superbru, please do so here and see if you can beat me…

It’s a good tournament on Superbru, with all the big teams in action as well as some of the smaller ones that make predictions that much harder, and with less than a year to go until the Rugby World Cup, it will be fascinating to see where each team stands.

Japan v New Zealand
Whilst it’s a much-changed All Black lineup, it is still ridiculously good with many players that would walk into any other team in the world. Richie Mo’Unga at 10, Ngani Laumape in the centre, Waisake Naholo and Nehe Milner-Skudder out wide, Dane Coles at hooker, Vaea Fifita at 6…Japan don’t stand a chance. New Zealand by 43

Wales v Scotland
These are familiar foes, but it’s odd seeing them face off in November. Wales have won 10 of the last 11 matches against the Scots, and without Finn Russell, I can’t see that Scotland will change that record. Wales by 8

England v South Africa
I started wittering on so much that I’m making it a separate article, published shortly.

Ireland v Italy
Another two Six Nations teams playing each other in November, in Chicago obviously, adding to the sense that Rugby has lost the plot. I’m expecting two experimental teams, and Ireland’s second string will be significantly better than Italy’s. Ireland by 18

USA v Maori All Blacks
A chance to see how the USA is faring, ahead of England’s Rugby World Cup group match next year. With players such as Ash Dixon, Akira Ioane and Otere Black, the Maori All Black opposition is going to be pretty formidable, and they’ll most likely be thrashed. Superbru also tells me that the Maori ABs won this same fixture in 2013 by 10 points and in 2016 by 47 points, and I suspect it will be somewhere in between. Maori All Blacks by 28

What do you think of these predictions? Which of these games are you looking forward to?

2 thoughts on “Autumn Internationals 2018: Round 1 Predictions

  1. AB result looks about right. At home Wales should win by more. By 12. England could make it competative @ HQ, but will need to get out of the blocks 1st & NOT get pointlessly pinged! SA likely to be too strong up front though & win by 5. Ireland, Italy with 2nd strings? Ireland by 15. US v Maoris. Latter by 17. 28 too generous. Look fwd to seeing the AB ‘s most. They can play it tight when nec, but are the best to watch & also the most effective, with ball in hand.

  2. PS Also anticipate an intense game between England & SA. England can’t afford to lose despite Jones’s utterances to the contrary. They have NZ next up, which could be an even tougher, so 2 potential losses is unthinkable. SA will be confident. Maybe even cocky. England & Eddie will be desperate for a result. This could make it a compelling match to watch. Finger lickin’ good!?


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