Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Rugby World Cup: 12 - 13 October Weekend Preview

Rugby World Cup: 12 - 13 October Weekend Preview

Kotaro Matsushima of Japan during the Rugby World Warm up match between Japan and South Africa at the Rugby Stadium,Saitama prefecture, Kumagaya, Friday 6th September 2019
Kotaro Matsushima

We're in for an unpredictable weekend of rugby as the impact Typhoon Hagibis sees the cancellation of two matches on Saturday. We preview five fixtures set to take place from Saturday 12 - Sunday 13 October 2019. 

Photo Copyright Steve Haag - Hollywoodbets 

Saturday 12 October

Due to Typhoon Hagibis two matches have been called off by World Rugby:
Read more here Typhoon Hagibis Impact on Rugby World Cup

Ireland v Samoa
Level-5 Stadium

To Win
Ireland 1/100
Draw 30/1
Samoa 12/1

Ireland (-27.5) 9/10
Samoa (+27.5) 9/10

Ireland will qualify for the knockouts with a win over Samoa at the Level-5 Stadium.

In spite of their upset loss to hosts Japan, the 2018 Six Nations Grand Slammers look on course for the quarterfinals as they come up against the 14th-ranked side in the world.

Depending on the result of the Japan v Scotland match on Sunday, Ireland could even win the pool to set up a clash with the Springboks in the last eight; thus avoiding the All Blacks.

Verdict: Ireland (-27.5) 9/10
Whatever the permutations, back them to claim a win of 20-points or more over Manu Samoa.


Sunday 13 October

Namibia v Canada
Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium

To Win
Namibia 1/1
Draw 20/1
Canada 8/10

Namibia will look to end off their World Cup campaign on a high note when they tackle Canada at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium.

Considering the lack of aggression the Canadian's showed in their 66-7 loss to South Africa, a physical display from Namibia should grind them out a win.

Verdict: Namibia 1/1
A negative result for either team will see them finish as Pool B wooden spoonists, so plenty of pride will be on the line. It is the men in blue, though, who should claim a narrow win of about seven-points or more.


USA v Tonga
Hanazono Rugby Stadium

To Win
USA 33/20
Draw 25/1
Tonga 9/20

USA and Tonga will be fighting to avoid finishing bottom of Pool C when they clash at the Hanazono Rugby Stadium

There hasn’t been much to shout about for either set of fans, with the two outfits yet to record a win all tournament.

Verdict: Tonga 9/20
The Pacific Islanders came closest when they were narrowly beaten by France last Sunday (23-21). While this weekend’s game will be a tight one, that physical performance could serve to lift Tonga to an important win by five-points or more.


Wales v Uruguay
Umakana Yokana Stadium

To Win
Wales N/A
Draw 40/1
Uruguay 20/1

Wales can wrap up preparations for the quarterfinals with a big win over Uruguay at the Umakana Yokana Stadium.

The reigning Six Nations champions have swept all before them thus far and will be keen to close out their pool commitments with victory over a spirited Uruguayan outfit.

Verdict: Wales by 30-points or more 
The South Americans have certainly done their nation proud, with their 30-27 upset win over Fiji set to remain long in the memory. While they are likely to face defeat this weekend, they will look to put in another brave performance to bow out with their heads held high.

Japan v Scotland
Yokahama International Stadium

To Win
Japan 1/100
Draw 25/1
Scotland 7/10

Japan can qualify for the knockouts for the first time with a win over Scotland at Yokahama International Stadium.

The hosts already upset Ireland early on in the competition, and a win over another Six Nations outfit in Scotland would send reverberations throughout the rugby world.

The Brave Hearts will be very much up against it come Sunday. Playing in front of what is sure to be another vociferous Japanese crowd, this may well be the biggest test they have faced under Gregor Townsend.

Verdict: Japan by three-points or more
With so much riding on the result, I’m backing the tournament hosts to put in another massive shift and sneak a narrow win on Sunday to set up a mouth-watering quarterfinal clash with the Boks.

Written by Shaun Goosen for Hollywoodbets 

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