Rugby Semifinals Preview New Zealand vs. South Africa

Rugby players on fieldThis coming weekend we have the 2015 Rugby World Cup Semifinals and on Saturday the 24th of October 2015 we have New Zealand (All Blacks) playing South Africa (Springboks) with the kick-off scheduled for 11 AM ET with the game being played at the Twickenham Stadium in London, England.

This game brings fans one of the toughest Rugby rivalries and they have a very bitter past in previous matches. The All Blacks of New Zealand presently are looking string as they routed France in their quarterfinal game, while the Springboks of South Africa came from a deficit to beat Wales in their quarterfinal match.

For those that Bet on Rugby at SBG Global and are a fan of the 'All Blacks' you know your team has performed exceptional to date, as they topped the pool playoffs and beat opponents by an average of 34 points, then in the quarterfinals against France they won an emotional game with the final winning score 62-13.

On their team, New Zealand have several ranked players and in different categories like G. Laidlaw who is the leading scorer with 79 points as well as 16 penalties scored, while J. Savea has the most tries with 8, and D. Carter has the most conversion with 19, and K. Read has the most steals at 5, with B. Smith with the most made metres at 400, while J. Gray has the most tackles with 67 to date.

The New Zealand team has a very strong and difficult to stop offense that has scored 34 tries in this tournament, and that’s 8 more than any other team thanks to the players we mention in the previous paragraph! Their N. M-Skudder also has 5 tries also, and he can easily help to pace the All Black in this match against the Springboks, as his talent is with some excellent offloading skills that can keep New Zealand Offense on the roll against the South African team. In their ultimate 12 matches against the Springboks, the ‘All Blacks’ have won 10 of those 12.

If you’re a fan of the South African Springboks then you know your team has the best % of wins playing New Zealand, as they have won some 35 matches against the ‘All Blacks’ that dates back to the year of 1921. They also lead the series of World Cup games as they won 2 of the 3 and that includes the Rugby World Cup Final of 1995.

However this year your team does not appear to be a power in the Rugby World, as they lost to Japan in the Pool Stage in an upset, and they had to come from a deficit in their quarterfinal game with Wales, as their F. Du Preez scored in a try in the 75th minutes to win the match.

The offense of the South African Springboks is led by H. Pollard and B. Habana, as Pollard leads in scoring with 64 points and converted 14 penalties in this tournament, while Habana has score 5 great tries. Their S. Burger has also performed well offensively with the 2nd most carries over the goal at some 35 times to date.

Then their defense has played well, especially L. De Jager who has been strong at tackle having made some 60 tackles to date in the tournament, and his play in this important game can be very pivotal.

The sportsbook prediction leads us to the fact that the New Zealand team finds the South Africa squad very competitive, however they fins some weaknesses and their offense prevails as the win this match in a difficult victory over the tournament hungry Springboks.