Welcome to the Rugby World Cup 2019 Tips from RugbyKnowledge
7 Pre-Tournament Bets, 2 Winners at 9/2 and 5/1.
World Cup Winners – South Africa 9/2 – WON
Winners of the recent Rugby Championship, South Africa look to have a fine balance between power which they’ve always been associated with, and also pace and a real threat from the backs, which over the years at times they’ve lacked. With arguably the best number 10 in world rugby right now in Handre Pollard pulling the strings from 10, the power and leadership of Siya Kolisi backed up by the colossus that is Eben Etzebeth in the pack, plus not one but 2 electric scrum halves in Faf De Clerk and Herschel Jantjes, not to mention the pace and guile of Cheslin Kolbe, they have an outstanding set of players at present who come into this tournament in great form and full of confidence.
World cup Winners – Australia e/w 16/1
As mentioned above, Australia are capable of beating any side on their day and 16/1 seems a bit of an insult to a team who should really win their group comfortably and set up a quarterfinal against the runner up in Pool C, which looks more than likely to be France, assuming England perform as hoped and expected. That then potentially gives us a 16/1 shot into the Semi Finals, where in a one off game anything can happen. They have an array of talent behind the scrum and the return of David Pocock who played his first game back for the national team in their final preparation game in the comprehensive defeat of Western Samoa is a huge bonus for the Aussies.
To make the 1/4 finals – Samoa 40/1
In a pool that should be won by Ireland, 40/1 about Western Samoa to qualify is a far bigger price than is should be. Scotland are a short price to qualify with Ireland, but they are an average side at present and whilst Samoa have a little catching up on Japan following the Pacific Nations Cup, there isn’t a huge amount between them that the disparity in the odds suggest. The experience of that competition for a number of new recruits to the Samoa outfit will be huge and they can step up and cause a few surprises in Pool A.
To make the 1/4 finals – Fiji 10/1
Whilst we expect Australia to win this group, if a slightly indifferent Welsh team don’t step up to the plate, the emerging 15 a side team from Fiji could well cause them all sorts of problems. Renowned as a World Class Sevens outfit, they’re improving year in year in the 15 a side game, winning their last 3 games prior to this World Cup with victories over Canada, Samoa and Tonga. Due to play Wales in their final Group match, in what could be a knock out game for both sides.
Top point scorer – Handre Pollard 5/1 – WON
As mentioned previously, Handre Pollard is perhaps the best number 10 in World Rugby at present and with the expectation of South Africa having a very successful tournament he should be scoring decent amount of points. Not only from the boot, but he’s a great runner with the ball, as shown when scoring two tries against Argentina recently. Pollard was the top points scorer in the latest Super Rugby tournament amassing an impressive 194 points and also in the Rugby Championship scoring 42 points, almost double the next highest player. His credentials for being top points scorer in this World Cup are second to none.
Top tryscorer – Joe Cockanasiga 25/1
England are sure to have a good tournament and should win their group with a few potentially high scoring games against the likes of USA and Tonga, which could lead to the winners of the “Wales vs Fiji” playoff as a quarterfinal opponent, so we’d expect a semi final berth at least. A team that has been scoring tries for fun lately and in Joe Cockanasiga they have a lethal weapon, capable of scoring a try from the back of a ruck with his raw strength and well as using his pace and power in the open field.
5 tries already in a brief England career thus far, he’s one of the most dangerous and powerful runners in the game and could score a hat full of tries in the tournament.
Top tryscorer – Cheslin Kolbe 16/1
As with Handre Pollard advised for scoring most points, if South Africa are to go all the way, then they may well provide the top try scorer as well. Whilst they have a number of potent runner in the backs, Cheslin Kolbe who broke into the national side last year having been an exceptional sevens player, he currently plays his club rugby for Toulouse, scoring a number of tries in the top 14 competition he’s an incredibly talented individual and sure to be scoring a few trys in Japan.
Good luck all and enjoy what should be very entertaining tournament
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