Rugby World Cup 2019 Semifinals Free Picks & Predictions
We are just days away from knowing our Rugby World Cup 2019 finalists. The two ties are set up well, with two Southern Hemisphere representatives and two Northern.
It’s clear the Rugby World Cup Odds favour the Southern teams, but these games are very much in the balance.
A strong England side who are yet to reach 5th gear in the tournament, and let’s not forget that Wales were 1st in the world rankings only a few months ago. will have his eyes on the big prize.
Will the British teams overcome the odds?
"We didn't drop him mate. I changed his role. I know you guys struggle with that, but we changed his role and he was brilliant."— Rugby World Cup (@rugbyworldcup) October 20, 2019
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- 01England (3.35) vs New Zealand (1.35)
- 02NZ to win first half and England to win outright (4.97)
- 03Wales (3.35) vs South Africa (1.29)
- 04A flawless game for the Wales Fly-half, Dan Biggar 100% kicking accuracy (5.00)
England (3.35) vs New Zealand (1.35)
Yokohama International Stadium is the venue for the first semifinal and kickoff is on Saturday at 4:00am EST.
The All Blacks put on an emphatic display against Ireland in the semi’s to win 46-14. They scored 7 tries against Ireland, including one when they were down to 14 men.
There is no sense in doubting the ability of the 3 times World Cup winners. If they can play at their level, they're unbeatbale.
England produced a commanding display against the Aussies last weekend and showed glimpses of the level this team can reach. They took the game 40-16, scoring 4 tries.
The All Blacks are widely regarded as one of the greatest sporting teams ever, across all sports. They’re ability to take teams apart, when they’re at their best, and the production line of talent that’s churned out year after year.
New Zealand have won 15 of the last 16 meetings, so it will feel like a monumental task for many. But there is a feeling in the air, that this England team could step up and snatch a victory.
Expect New Zealand to win.
NZ to win first half and England to win outright (4.97)
New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen is 100% confident captain Kieran Read will be fit for Saturday after the backrow missed training on Tuesday.
This will be the last time Kieran Read captains his country at the World Cup. The 33 year-old will be eager to leave his mark on the tournament and will rally the troops to get at this England side early.
England have been slow to start in the last few games and will need to focus on keeping the All Blacks at bay in the early stages, while they get into the flow of the game.
England coach Eddie Jones made a statement this week claiming ‘all the pressure is on them’. But this England side have a lot of ambition, experienced heads and a group of eager young players who can punish.
A nice paylay pick; New Zealand to win first half and England to win outright.
Wales (3.35) vs South Africa (1.29)
The second semifinal will be played in the same stadium, except the game will be on Sunday at 9am BST.
Wales came out victorious against France in what must have been the most tense game we’ve seen in recent memory. An agonising game to watch, which ended 20-19.
France went down to 10 men with a half to go, but managed to dig in and keep Wales at bay until late in the game when Wales scored a try and put the game to bed.
It must be noted, that Wales lack of penetration against 14 French players needs to be worked on if they are to overcome South Africa, who statistically have the best defense in international rugby.
The Springboks have claimed victories over this Wales side in their last two World Cup meetings. But with coach Warren Gatland coming to the end of his time in charge, it feels like they could break the trend.
The host nation have made their country proud in this tournament. They reached the quarterfinals, recording some memorable wins along the way, but didn’t have enough to stop the guns in the Springboks backs losing 26-3.
Take South Africa to win.
A flawless game for the Wales Fly-half, Dan Biggar 100% kicking accuracy (5.00)
The Wales fly-half is a key part of the Wales team and will look to carry his team forward against the Springboks.
Before the quarterfinal match, Biggar said “we have two games to potentially change the rest of our lives”. Wales being the rugby nation that it is, it won’t just be the team’s lives that would change.
Dan Biggar has an excellent kicking record for his clubside, Northampton Saints, and boasts a 89% kicking accuracy for Wales in 2019, with 32 in 36.
The question for Biggar and this Wales side is will they get many opportunities to convert, hit penalties or drop kicks.
We feel the Springboks backs will cause the Wales defence trouble all morning and ultimately be too much to handle. This will minimize the amount of kicks Dan Biggar makes, for this reason we see this wager as a sure-fire winner.
Take a punt on Dan Biggar to kick with 100% accuracy.