- South Africa is a 2.5-point favorite over Ireland in Saturday’s Pool B matchup
- Australia must now defeat Wales on Sunday to avoid elimination at the group stages for the first time
- The 2023 Rugby World Cup is taking place in France from September 8 to October 28
South Africa and Ireland are both 2-0 heading into Saturday’s clash in Stade de France. A victory for either club would lock up first place in Pool B. Meanwhile, Australia is facing a do-or-die battle with Wales on Sunday following their surprising loss to Fiji.
South Africa vs Ireland
|South Africa||-2.5 (-110)||-136||+2000|
Irish to defeat the Springboks?
South Africa is a 2.5-point favorite over Ireland on Saturday. While the two nations have never gone head-to-head in the Rugby World Cup before, the Irish defeated the Springboks 19-16 in a Test back in May 2022. Ireland won their first two matches against Romania and Tonga by a combined 117 points. Better yet, all their key players got through unscathed.
The reigning champions are coming off a 76-0 victory over a Romania, which followed a 18-3 win over Scotland. However, they will be missing fly-back Handre Pollard with a calf injury. Saturday’s main event in Paris will be a tight, gruesome affair, but we like the 2023 Six Nations champions to top the Springboks. Take Ireland to win outright at +122.
🗣️ “I don’t think we can go 8-0, that would be a bit extreme.” #RWC2023
🇿🇦 South Africa could name a 7-1 bench split against Ireland. https://t.co/UVZXbeoQiz
— Planet Rugby (@PlanetRugby) September 18, 2023
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France vs Namibia
France is 64.5-point chalk on Thursday. After group stage wins over New Zealand and Uruguay, Les Bleus has Pool A all but wrapped up. Therefore, their first priority will be to stay healthy in their remaining games against Namibia and Italy. The French were already in cruise control in a 27-12 victory over Uruguay, not even coming close to covering the 57.5-point spread.
Namibia lost their opening match to Italy by 44 points before suffering a 68-point destruction to the Kiwis last Friday. However, maybe just maybe, they can cover the 64.5 points with France likely playing it a bit safer.
Wales vs Australia
Australia is a slight 1.5-point favorite on Sunday. After a 22-15 upset loss to Fiji, the Wallabies must beat Wales to avoid elimination at the group stages for the first time in the tournament’s history.
Wales currently leads Pool C following victories over Portugal and Fiji. However, the Welsh could still miss out on a fourth-consecutive World Cup quarter-final appearance with a loss.
Fiji, population 900,000, defeated Australia, population 25 million, at the Rugby World Cup in St. Etienne, France, on Sunday. Tiny Pacific islands consistently punch above their weight in the sport.https://t.co/NJM2LmvWsa
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 18, 2023
While they’re just 2-5 versus the Aussies in the World Cup all time, Wales came away with a 29-25 win in Japan in 2019. Given how poorly the Wallabies have played under Eddie Jones of late, we like Wales to score the upset (+102).
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