Rugby World Cup Update
Followers of the Rugby World Cup in Japan get a quick chance to draw breath and catch up on what we’ve witnessed so far with the competition enjoying a rare day off on the opening day of October. It gives fans, players and coaches the opportunity to sit back and evaluate how the results have gone to date, including the teams who are shaping like possible winners.
The break in play also allows sports bettors a day to mull over their bets. Have they backed the right team in the outright market, is there a dark horse deserving of an interest bet or have they had their money on a favourite who just hasn’t been performing? The results already in the book give punters a few clues and these can be used to bank a profit going forward.
There’s still plenty of rugby to be played and money to be made by betting wisely on the 2019 Rugby World Cup. You’ll find no lack of markets available either. There are dozens attached to each game, including the winner, first try scorer, total points, winning margins, half time/full time and plenty more besides. There’s also a flood of exciting outright betting opportunities. World Cup winner, name the finalists, top try scorer, name the finalists and each-way. There’s something for every type of punter and a price to suit all pockets.
Some Mouth-Watering Matches to Look Forward To
There are some mouth-watering matches to look forward to this week alone. Play resumes on Wednesday 2 October when New Zealand take on Canada in a match they are expected to win at a canter, after France and USA lock horns from 8.45am in Pool C. Team America look to be up against it but they are an improving side and will use this fixture as an opportunity to show exactly that.
The pick of the rest of the week’s matches pairs Ireland with Russia on Thursday, South Africa and Italy meet on Friday. England v Argentina is scheduled for Saturday and that should provide us with an interesting 80 minutes of action. Place your bets on the winner of each match or look further ahead and back the team you believe will go all the way to World Cup glory in a month’s time. The 2019 Rugby World Cup final is scheduled for Saturday 2 November and will be shown live on ITV from the International Stadium in Yokohama.
It’s worth checking how the major bookmakers see this competition going and it’ll also be interesting to see how the results and performances so far have affected the outright betting prices. New Zealand started as favourites with the bookies and remain in pole position, although things appear to be a little more competitive at this stage of proceedings. The All Blacks sit at the top of the outright market with every respected online betting firm, but there’s a difference of opinion. Many traders are eager to keep New Zealand as close as possible and are offering even money on them coming out on top. Unibet has been a tad bolder, however. They serve up a New Zealand market best price of 5/4. That’ll catch the eye of value hunters seeking a profit.
England Rated as the Main Danger by Bookies
As any experienced and profitable sports bettor will tell you, back enough even-money favourites at 5/4 and you’re likely to make a profit over the course of a season or year. That’s why it’s difficult to put anyone off a financial interest in the All Blacks, but there are other options available and they carry a better price. England is rated as the main danger and can be found second in the outright betting list at 4/1 with William Hill. Most bookies seem to agree on that one and the price is generally available at the time of writing, although one or two can be found offering only 7/2.
South Africa complete the top three in the World Cup outright betting and they have also been chalked up on the betting board at 4/1 by many bookies, including Paddy Power. The level of indecision amongst traders on what to expect from South Africa is interesting and it will excite punters who enjoy nothing more than hurting the trading team of their chosen firm. If you believe South Africa will go close to winning the title you can back them at 4/1 now and hope to cash out for a profit nearer the final.
Looking further down the list and we notice Wales – the number one ranked side in world rugby – have a 10/1 price stuck on by the Betfair Exchange and their performances so far would suggest that’s an outsider sure to give backers a serious run for their money. Ireland really has caught the eye so far and are 14/1 with Unibet, while you can get a staggering 150/1 at the same firm on Scotland creating history by winning the World Cup. The Scots are an exciting side but lost their opening match against Ireland.
New Zealand Beat South Africa in Thriller
Let’s check on the results so far of the leading names in the betting. New Zealand is involved in Pool B but has played only one game to date. They won it, of course, beating South Africa 23-13 in a thrilling opener on Saturday 21 September. That was a real challenge in their first match, but we saw enough from the victors to suggest they are capable of living up to expectations and going deep into this competition. South Africa may have suffered an early defeat but there’s certainly no shame in going down to the All Blacks and they too will make a dent. Bridge and Barrett scored the tries that won the day for NZ, Mounga nailed a couple of conversions, chipped in with two penalties and Barrett scored another.
South Africa may have suffered the sting of defeat at the earliest opportunity but there was no one in the dressing room reaching for the panic button at this stage. They were handed the perfect opportunity to get back on track in round two and did what was expected of them when hammering Namibia on Saturday 28 September. Not only did SA bag the desired result, but they also did it in a style that boosted confidence and got the squad believing in their ability again. The scoreboard at the end of that match read South Africa 57-3 Namibia and that was quite the beating. Mbonambi scored two tries that day, helped on by another couple from Mapimpi and one from Louw, Am, Gelant, Kolisi and Brits. Jantjies registered an incredible six conversions.
England Score 80 Points in Two Games
England has played two, won two, scored 80 points and conceded just 10. That’s quite a start for one of the ante-post favourites but they haven’t got out of first gear yet. They played Tonga in their opening match on Sunday 22 September, handing out a 35-3 beating to their opponents. That was followed by a 45-7 win over the United States on Thursday 26 September. The funny thing about those results was fans and critics weren’t completely impressed and thought the team were capable of scoring more points and claiming a bigger margin of victory.
In the match against Tonga, we saw Tuilagi score two tries, boosted by George and Cowan-Dickie. Farrell registered three conversions that day and also helped out with a trio of penalties. Next was America when England scored 45 points and a host of tries. Cokanasiga helped himself to two, Ford, Vunipola, Cowan-Dickie, McConnochie and Ludlam all got one each. Ford hit five of the available conversions that day, with two missed. Campbell scored a try for the beaten team and that was converted by MacGinty which proved to be little more than a consolation for America.
Red Rose Favourites to Beat Argentina
The Red Rose is next in action on Sunday 5 October from 9.00am in a match that will be shown live on ITV. The bookmakers have them as favourites to beat Argentina and that will come as no surprise to followers of the World Cup or sports betting in general. The underdogs are capable of putting up a decent fight but the form of England going into this match shows they are in a menacing mood. What’s more, there’s plenty still in reserve from the jolly and we should see them go through the gears on Sunday.
Fancy backing England to beat Argentina? The current betting has them marked up at no better than the 1/6 with Ladbrokes. That’s tight, even for stacked accumulators. Argentina is trading at 5/1 through bet365, the draw written off as a 33/1 poke with the same online betting giant. If you do fancy England to land the desired result it’ll be worth backing how they are going to achieve it. The handicap betting makes for interesting reading and England start -14 points, available at 10/11 with Ladbrokes. Argentina +14 can be backed at the same price with the same bookie.
There are many other specials designed to catch your eye in this match and ramp up your enjoyment of the live-action. England half time/full time is 4/9 and that’s market best price with Betfair. One for your multiples, it would appear. England to win to nil would certainly be a bold statement and that can be supported at 25/1. That’s a nice price but we wouldn’t suggest risking it after seeing the favourites concede points to Tonga and the USA.