Japan v Ireland Rugby World Cup Preview

It’s game two of the Rugby World Cup in Japan for Ireland as they set-up against the host nation on Saturday morning. This promises to be a thrilling 80 minutes of international rugby and you can watch the action live on ITV from 8.15am GMT. An early start for the weekend but this is one well worth setting your alarm for.

As well as an enjoyable round of rugby, this match also gifts sports backers a chance to get their day off to a winning start. You can get your money down on the winner of this tie or play one of the many specials that are available. These include winning margin, first try scorer, first scoring play, total points and even handicap betting. The latter is particularly popular with those looking to create a nice priced accumulator. Big returns for small stakes is the aim there.

You’ll be interested to learn that many of the pre-match markets remain live throughout the course of the 80 minutes thanks to in-play betting. That means a gamble is possible at any time of the contest. Get your cash down before kick-off or bide your time to see how both teams are setting up. This will give you a better chance of landing a winner. When betting in-play you must act quickly when noting a pattern emerging in the match. The aim here is to get on before the traders suspend the market or shorten the odds. It’s a case of fastest finger first in your battle against the traders.

Ireland Get Off to a Winning Start

Ireland were handed a tough World Cup opener when paired with Scotland on Sunday morning, but they got the job done and secured both the win and the bonus point. The coaching staff would have breathed a sigh of relief at the full-time whistle as they know Scotland just didn’t turn up and that made their life a little easier. The Scots were poor, making a number of unforced errors in important positions of the park and that almost handed victory to Ireland. The beaten side must go back to the drawing board and plan how best to come back from that.

For as clumsy as Scotland were at the weekend, we can’t take anything away from an Irish side who were firing on all cylinders. They made mistakes of their own, of course, but they took the chances that came their way and must be given credit for that. When Scotland dropped the ball in attack, Ireland scooped it up and had the pace to turn defence into attack. They made their opponents pay for just about every slip-up and that’s the mark of a good team. In a closer match, and they will get tighter as Ireland progress through the competition, that killer instinct will make all the difference.

The scoreboard at the end of that match read Ireland 27-3 Scotland which told the story of how the day went for both sides. There were tries scored by Ryan, Best, Furlong and Conway. Sexton and Murray chipped in with a couple of conversions and Carty nailed a penalty to help build the margin of victory. Scotland offered very little by way of resistance and had only a Laidlaw penalty to save them from the humiliation of losing to nil. Must do better is the comment on their card.

Japan Opens the Show in Style

Host nation Japan played the first match of the 2019 World Cup and they oozed class, delighting the crowd to win 30-10 over Russia on Friday night. If the locals weren’t already excited about this competition taking place in their homeland, they certainly are now. They created colour, atmosphere and a real spectacle in the stands and, from a neutrals point of view, we hope they remain active in the competition for as long as possible. This will also ensure the stands remain packed and the interest high. It’s never good to see a host nation bow out early.

The final score suggested an easy outing for Japan and they never looked in trouble of losing the match, but Russia was competitive, at least for the first 40 minutes of the contest. The score at the break was 12-7 in Japan’s favour and the half-time team talk in both dressing rooms would have focussed on how the match was very much there to be won. Russia would have fancied their chances of upsetting the party, but credit must go to Japan for emerging after the break and really putting their opponents under the hammer. They played great rugby and took their chances when they became available.

Matsushima scored three penalties that day and his efforts were enhanced by Labuschagne who chipped in with a fourth. Tamura and Matsuda scored two of the four conversations available and Tamura showed his importance to the team when sending over a couple of penalties. We expect scored penalties to make a real difference at this tournament, especially in the latter stages as teams become more evenly matched. Success off the boot will be key to any joy Japan get against Ireland and they will know this will be a different game to Russia.

No Surprises in the Betting

There are no real surprises in the betting for this match and we see Ireland has been well supported in the market. Punters can support the Irish as favourites and there’s no better than the 1/12 offered by William Hill at the time of writing.

Japan are a confident bunch and won’t go unnoticed at 8/1 with Paddy Power. The draw is a whopping 66/1 in placed. Ireland -21 is 10/11 at Betfair on the handicap. One for your accas, if you expect another comfortable outing.