1st two games of the tournament, and we have the hosts looking to start with a win against the weakest side in their group. We also have an intriguing game between Australia and Fiji.
Japan vs Russia 20/9/19 11:45 bst
The hosts will really look to get off to a winning start and put on a good performance for the very vocal home crowd, but Russia will not be a walkover. They may not have the big names like some sides but they will be well drilled by a quality Welsh coaching outfit and I think they will still be in the game at 60 minutes.
Japan should be too strong in the end but the way the handicap is set it is worth staying on the side of the Russians.
Russia +39 Handicap (generally Even Money) : Result – WON
Australia vs Fiji 21/9/19 5:45 bst
Sevens specialists Fiji are finally an emerging force in the 15’s game and you will get the usual physicality and flair from them, but Australia are a very underrated side at the moment which is reflected in their tournament price. They will be too strong for the Fijians though and I expect them to put down an early marker in this tournament with a dominant display.
Australia -15 Handicap (generally 10/11) : Result – WON
Play the double first up to get the tournament off to a cracking start – 3/1 Double Landed
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