What a weekend we had for the quarter finals. Quite rightly we left the Wales vs France game alone. But my confidence behind the other 3 was well rewarded with a great winning treble. I really hope you all took advantage. The same went for the Premiership as well with a good double and a 9/2 single.
But lets look forward because there is money on offer again this weekend, and if you can’t get excited about World Cup Semi Finals then there is no hope for you
England vs New Zealand 26/10/19 9:00am BST
This is the big game we have all been waiting for, and what a match it could be. Both head and heart say an England win, so we will be advising them with a 7 point headstart on the handicap. I have gone through the 23 players involved on each side, matching player against player and I can’t see how we lose. The Ford/Farrell combination is back together and when they work in tandem they are electric, bringing the best out of eachothers games.
Of course this is New Zealand though and their record speaks for itself. They are not the best team in the world year on year for nothing. But I just think Jones has his team peaking at the right time and I can’t see a weakness. I also believe the chioce of Scott Barratt in the back row is a mistake, they need Sam Cane in there to combat England two breakdown specialists.
England +7 handicap EVS (most major bookies) – WON
If you think England can go on and win the tournament, then now is the time to back them to win the tournament, as with 2 games to go you can still get a great price. I still think South Africa are the team to beat, and i am sticking with my pre tournament prediction, but 9/2 would look a good price in the final.
Wales vs South Africa 27/10/19 9:00am GMT
How Wales got through last week still baffles me. France had that sewn up until one moment of stupidity let the Welsh back in. Missing Williams this week and Halfpenny coming in, they lose a real attacking threat and that could make a huge difference to their backline which seems to be patched together with tape and plasters at the moment. The physicality that this SA team brings really could burst the dam. For 40 minutes last week Japan gave them a real game, but that power with and without ball, was just too much to handle and it will be the same this week. When they move to that power game no side in the world can cope with them and the space it frees up on the outside creates chance after chance. This could end up being a rude awakening for an ageing and patched up Dragon. Who will SA meet in the final is the biggest question
South Africa -8 handicap EVS (most major bookies) – (lost)
Play the double this week, and keep that money tree growing