Autumn Internationals 2018: Round 4 Predictions

Ross Moriarty

Having gone with my head in this article last week predicting a New Zealand, I actually picked Ireland with my heart on Superbru, so that went well.

I did pick Romania to beat the USA though, which cost me the GSP, particularly as 90% of people on Superbru seemed to know better than me.

Here we go for the final round.

Romania v Uruguay
Romania can’t let me down twice, surely. Romania by 7

Italy v New Zealand
After an unconvincing Autumn for the All Blacks, this should help to restore some confidence to finish the season. New Zealand by 33

Georgia v Tonga
How did Tonga ship 50-odd points at the end of their match against Wales? I think Georgia will win this one. Georgia by 13

Russia v Japan
I was impressed by Japan at Twickenham last weekend – not only their tenacity, but also their impressive skillset, and they should beat Russia in Gloucester. Japan by 23

Scotland v Argentina
Scotland have won the last four against the Pumas, and if they’d beaten South Africa last weekend, this would be a much easier pick. They have made a few changes for this weekend, but I still fancy them to win at home though. Scotland by 8

Spain v Samoa
Not too sure about this one, but Samoa’s rugby credentials are a lot stronger. Samoa by 6

England v Australia
England have won the last 5 in a row against the Wallabies, including that 3-0 series whitewash away from home in 2016, and last year’s match that was extremely close until the last 10 minutes or so. I like the look of England’s team, and suddenly the back row looks like a match for the famous Aussie unit, whilst England should have the edge in most other department. England by 8

Portugal v Namibia
Ummmm. Namibia by 13

Wales v South Africa
After their misfortune against England, the Springboks have been somewhat fortunate to win the last two games against France and Scotland and I think Wales will start as favourites for this one. They have won the last three against the Boks, and have quietly put together an 8-match winning streak, slipping under the radar a little as everyone heaps praise on Ireland. I’m backing Wales. Wales by 9

Ireland v USA
Lots of changes for Ireland and a totally different side to the one that beat the All Blacks last weekend, but it’s still decent and will beat the USA comfortably. Ireland by 28

France v Fiji
No messing about with selection for France as they look to build a bit of consistency. I can’t see Fiji running them too close. France by 23

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10 thoughts on “Autumn Internationals 2018: Round 4 Predictions

  1. Not going through the lot, but the 8 run Wakes may sneak it @ home, although, after the skin of their teeth result last week over Oz, they’re lucky to be @ home I venture. Scotland, Argentina? Maybe the Scots will end with a comfortable result. Depends on how interested Argentina are though IMO. Ireland’s other team will still be too well drilled for the US in what amounts to a pretty meaningless meander to the final whistle. England, Oz? Expect a high pen count against Oz to give England a flattering scoreboard by the end. Too many unforced errors & aforementioned pens need eliminating for Oz to have a chance tomorrow. Mind you, they may be due a rebound. Decent team still on paper & they have chalked a couple up v NZ in the past prior to WC’s & got to the last final time after only a yr’s prep. The unconvincing AB’s having lost 1, like the more convincing Fngland, but whom, funnily enough they beat, should be too strong for Italy, regardless of the AB team composition. Have yet to look it up, elsewhere.

    1. Well Don P, you were off-beam re Wales v SA, weren’t you, and they certainly didn’t ‘neak home’, though it was a tough old game. Interesting you made no mention of England ‘sneaking home’ against the self-same Boks, though they certainly did!

  2. Romania by 20
    NZL by 40
    Georgia by 13
    Japan by 30
    Scotland by 8
    Samoa by 20
    England by 8
    Namibia by 13
    South Africa by 14
    Ireland by 15
    France by 23

    1. Bad luck Catherine! Wales beat SA well – what on earth were you thinking that they would lose by 14!! I know England made heavy weather of the Boks and only just made it (courtesy of an illegal tackle by their captain), but Wales were superb against them. A fabulous defensive dsiplay.

  3. I have a little feeling of nerves about today’s game. Pocock is out as well now and it turns out Beale and AAC were dropped for breaking team rules. The Aussies are in disarray and England should win.
    But… You can never write an Aussie team off and sheer bloody mindedness and an ‘us against the world’, nothing to lose mentality could count for a lot against an England team with some definite weaknesses.
    Imagine… Foley and Toomua combining to put the likes of Kerevi and Folau through England’s still shaky mid field defence. Aimless kicking allowing Folau to counter attack in space. Aerial bombs raining down on Daly and Cokanasiga with Folau and DHP contesting. England giving away silly penalties…
    This is an important game for both sides. Cheika’s job is probably on the line. For Eddie a win is confirmation of the possibility of a chance of an England renaissance – a loss means we are back where we started with the RWC just round the corner.
    High stakes. Should be an interesting game.

    1. Surprised you are nervous as the ozzies haven’t beaten us since the world cup and are missing crucial players. Would be very surprised if they win! Not because we are that good but because that’s the way the cookie crumbles mostly against Australia especially at home.

    2. Pan, you seem as nervous as a crocodile in a handbag factory? Oz hardly in disarray because they’ve dropped 2. If that were the case though, why so nervous? Would a tranquilliser help?

  4. McPherson of the Std reckoned England has had a dire yr. Mentioned injuries & 5 (-the Baa Baas’ result which apparently didn’t count) straight losses with another today derailing their being back on track. Are they? Too up & down for that & 1 result to change this perhaps? Also opined that England went off the boil v NZ, despite their being nilled before 1/2 time with a game deficit of possession. England have also apparently now solved problems (although what those are isn’t stated) & will continue to do do (?). Farrelll is central & Underhill & Wilson have announced themselves. Also Itoje, according to EJ, is going to be the best lock in the world. Some claims never change. If only MI hadn’t had his pocket picked so vitally & often by Retellick. Ashton & Cocker have added depth, but there’s uncertainty @ fullback. Teo will run @ Foley & finishers Hartley & wiggles will impact as will Tui & Hughes. However, George needs to get his arrows right for this to be so in the case of DH’s being the perfect replacement. Usually been the other way around. Apparrently Tui’s been acting like a kid & grinning like a Cheshire Cat in camp. Presumably he won’t do so if he comes on. EJ additionally opined that England are growing & growing in depth, leadership, density (?) & interaction. Finally a 6th win this afternoon will provide a sounder base for the WC. Lots of info, lots of opinion. Well, here’s another 1, today’s match may provide England with some answers, or it may raise & or confirm continuing ?’s. We’ll see, but 1 more game fixing it all? Dunno about that.

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