The Rugby World Cup is starting to take shape, with some of the big boys separating themselves from the pack, and Japan announcing their place on the world stage with a stunning victory over Ireland.
This weekend sees several important fixtures, and our rugby union betting expert is on hand to give his best bets from this weekend’s 2019 Rugby World Cup.
South Africa v Italy
With Italy currently topping the group, and South Africa needing a win to have any chance of progressing in this World Cup, Friday morning sees a vital matchup. Luckily for the Springboks, they are comfortable 1/50 favourites. Italy, who only a couple of years ago managed to beat the Boks, are 16/1.
In a game like this, which is bound to see plenty of points as players get tired in the humidity, there can be good value in picking an anytime try scorer.
Both South Africa wingers are very short odds, but powerful no.8 Duane Vermeulen is a danger in the open field and from a set-piece and is 2/1 to score anytime. If South Africa can get their scrum going as a potent weapon, he could have plenty of chances to cause some damage with some short-range picks from a scrum.
Australia v Uruguay
Saturday’s early morning game sees Australia entertain Uruguay, as the Wallabies know they must be perfect in the group to progress.
Last time out they lost a thrilling encounter with Wales, and Michael Cheika’s men will be feeling confident going into this. Uruguay claimed a famous win against Fiji earlier in the tournament, but the handicap sits at 50, and that sounds about right.
However, we have seen a lot of these big games have fallen under the handicap during this tournament, so picking a winning margin could offer more value. Australia to win by 41-50 points is 3/1 with Grosvenorsport.com.
England v Argentina
England have done their job in the opening two fixtures, and now they face two tough tasks against Argentina and France.
England’s wide men haven’t really hit the form they are capable of in this tournament, so watch out for the chances of Jonny May and Anthony Watson kickstarting their World Cup’s with their first tries of the tournament, with May 4/5 and Watson 6/5 to score anytime.