South Africa 49-3 Italy
It was a convincing win for the Springboks over Italy today, and the result was never really in doubt.
The Azzurri lost two props to injury within the first quarter, which led to uncontested scrums and the nullification of a key Springbok strength. But it didn’t matter, as South Africa used their lineout to good effect and when Andrea Lovotti received a red card for a totally pointless tip tackle on Duane Vermeulen, South Africa were able to run riot.
Cheslin Kolbe looked electric once again, and there will be some concern over his fitness as he hobbled off near the end with a resigned expression on his face.
What did you think of the match?
Day 14 Preview
Australia v Uruguay
Michael Cheika has reverted to the halfback pairing of Nic White and Christian Leali’ifano, the same combination that featured in the Wallabies’ win over New Zealand and I was surprised not to see them play Wales last week. I can’t see anything other than a big Wallaby win, although it might not be quite the 65-3 as it was when these teams met in the last World Cup.
I have gone for Australia by 46 on Superbru.
England v Argentina
This is a huge fixture in the context of Pool C, where a win for England would likely knock out the Pumas, whilst an Argentina win would open it all up again.
I’m excited about the England lineup and the pack should be strong at the set piece with George Kruis and Maro Itoje in the engine room, and with Tom Curry and Sam Underhill at 6 and 7, they should provide some quick ball at the breakdown too.
England’s defence has been solid so far, albeit without the sternest of tests, and there are question marks over Argentina’s attacking game as they appear to be caught between different styles of play. Dropping Nicholas Sanchez is an odd decision for me, and I don’t think there’s much confidence in the Pumas’ party.
England need to sharpen up in attack, but if they can keep the Pumas out, that will be half of the battle won and I am confident they will prevail on Saturday – yes Argentina are a great World Cup team, but England generally have the measure of them whenever they play.
I originally picked England by 13 on Superbru, but I’m considering increasing the margin a little. The bookie handicap is England -15.
Japan v Samoa
The Samoans were very disappointing against Scotland, and whilst the conditions were very difficult, not to even grace the scoreboard is poor. Japan will likely be superior in every facet of play, and if both sides deploy their fast, chaotic gameplans, it will be great to watch and Japan will win. Add in home advantage and the potential of winning the pool, Japan could win comfortably.
Japan by 23
How do you think tomorrow’s games will go?