RWC2019: Day 18 Update

Dane Haylett-Petty

Australia 27-8 Georgia
The Wallabies played out a dreadful game with Georgia, with a late try from Will Genia putting a gloss on the scoreline.

Granted it was wet conditions and they couldn’t be caught in second place in the group, so there may have been an element of not showing their hand before the quarter-finals, but there were so many errors and Georgia just tackled all day to keep out the unimaginative attack.

Given the strength of England’s defence so far in the tournament, there didn’t seem to be much that would trouble them next week.

It’s a shame the match was so awful after the events of yesterday – the tournament could have done with a performance to get people talking about the rugby again, but we were served with this dross and the Rugby World Cup mood remains sombre.

How we need a thriller between Scotland and Japan on Sunday…

What did you think of the game? I’ll add the highlight(s) when they are published.

Day 19 Preview

Sadly we are being deprived of New Zealand v Italy and England v France, which would both have been interesting games tomorrow morning. My kids are taking me swimming instead…

Ireland v Samoa
Ireland need a bonus point win and then will just wait and see what happens on Sunday with the Scotland v Japan game. They could do with a favour from Scotland if they are to avoid the All Blacks in the quarter-finals, but they should get the first bit done here and beat Samoa. The Samoans have been slightly disappointing in the tournament so far, and Ireland should win comfortably.

Given the weather, I’ve reined in my Superbru prediction to Ireland by 28, which happens to be the exact bookie handicap at the moment, so I’ll give it a miss on the betting front.

How do you think the game will go? Higher or lower than 28?

3 thoughts on “RWC2019: Day 18 Update

  1. “How do you think the game will go? Higher or lower than 28?”

    Significantly lower than 28. Like Fiji the other day, Samoa have nothing to lose and I think we’ll see them come out all guns blazing. The warm, humid conditions will suit them better than Ireland too.

    Again, cannot see Samoa winning, but Ireland to win by a much slimmer margin – about 8 points I reckon. Cock on block, I’d guess 25-17.


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