The 2015 Rugby World Cup has moved into the Quarterfinals now and this Saturday the 17th of October 2014 we have Wales playing South Africa at the Twickenham Stadium in London, England with kick-off scheduled for 12:05 PM Mountain Time with the sportsbook odds for those Betting on Rugby having the South African team as the favorites at -7.5 and Wales at +7.5.
After making it through the group of death as runners up in Pool B to Australia, the Wales team seek a win in their match with South Africa in this Quarterfinal matchup, and South Africa after a opening loss to Japan they came back to beat Samoa, Scotland and the USA.
If you Bet on Rugby at a sportsbook and are a fan of the Wales team, then you know you’re team in their previous game lost to Australia 15-6 they were able to still get a slot in the quarterfinals as the finished 2nd in the Pool A of the World Cup. Now the going gets tougher as they go up against Cup Contender South Africa in this game. But that does not move the Dragons of South African as they already have met the other top ten power teams in Australian and England.
In their loss to Australia the Wales team did not get a try, as D. Biggar made all of their 6 points from penalty shots. Their top scorer Biggar presently in the tournament has 42 points. Then they seek key performances from G. Davies who has 4 tries and tied for 2nd in this tournament.
A lot of pressure will be place on Davis and Biggar to step up with big performances, since a lot of injuries have occurred to the Wales team and the back line is affected primarily since Amos, Williams, Cory and Allen are out with injuries. The Wales team is hoping they can upset the 2 time champions as the Japan team shot down the Springboks in the games.
For the fans of South Africa the team after an embarrassing loss to Japan in their 1st game, they then put together 3 consecutive victories to take the top slot in the Pool B and move into the Quarterfinals facing the Wales team.
If we take into consideration that the Wales team enters the Quarterfinals against the Springboks with a team facing injuries and being undermanned and for them to seek the goal area in the game should prove to be a difficult task. That compiled with the fact that the South African defense that in their last 3 match-ups have only allowed 3 tries. In past games the Wales team has scored 12 points on penalty kicks, so it’s important that the South African teams approach be very much disciplined.
South African offensively will be pleased to play the struggling and injured riddled roster as they seek another win. The South African Springboks ended 2nd overall in the group game with a total of 176 points and scored 23 on tries.
Last Wednesday the Springboks of South Africa upset the USA in a 64-0 rout at the Olympic Stadium as B. Habana had a hat trick and was a 5 pointer shy of setting a new record in the tournament. He also is leading the 2015 Rugby World Cup with 5 tries, as F. Louw, B. Plessis and S. Burger together combined for 7 tries in this 2015 tournament. The prediction for this game is that South Africa covers the spread of – 7 ½ and wins the match 28-18 on Saturday.