International Rugby: Ireland vs Fiji Preview



Ireland host Fiji at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday the 18th of November.

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Ireland vs Fiji  | Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland | 18 November | 19:30
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Alex Ruiz (France)
Television match official: David Grashoff (England)

To Win (80 mins)
Ireland 1/100 | Draw 356/1 | Fiji 12/1
Handicap
Ireland (-26) 10/11 | Fiji (+26) 10/11 * Forecasted handicaps 

Ireland

The Irish comfortably beat a lacklustre South African team on the 11th of November - with a record 38 - 3 victory on home soil.  They've have won six of their last Test matches and will look to continue their great start to this year's Autumn Internationals.

Johnny Sexton's 14 points and Conor Murray's distribution saw the Irish assert complete and utter control of the Boks. Their forwards held their nerve and matched the South African pack physically, at breakdowns, rolling mauls, and contact situations.

Fiji

Fiji failed to register a win against Italy as they lost 19 - 10 in a match that saw one try scored by each team. Waisea Nayacalevu scored the only try for Fiji breaking the line to score after from 30-metres out. The Fijians looked like they were in for a chance but ill-discipline cost them as Ben Volavola was sin-binned in the 64th minute, handing the Italians a slight advantage.

Verdict: Ireland (-26) 10/11 *Forecast handicap 
Ireland are clear favourites to win after their rampant display against the Springboks. With such an average pack of forwards and with their backs forced to play on a slow, heavy surface, I just don't see them being able to stay within the cap. 


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