Autumn Internationals: Week 2 Predictions
?? Italy vs Georgia ??
Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence
Kick-Off Saturday, 2:00pm
When people look at this weekends fixtures, the immediate reaction will be, ‘this is the least important game’ however, this is actually going to be the biggest game on Super Saturday!
The result in this game is likely to have a long-term impact on the 6 Nations, mainly due to Italy once again collecting the wooden spoon and Georgia’s continuous progression as a competitive international team. If Georgia, who are ranked 1 place above Italy in the World Rankings (13th) win, questions are going to be asked as to why they are not involved in the 6 nations.
We do however believe home advantage will play a big part and those Italian fans aren’t shy when it comes to cheering on their team. It will be close but we see Italy bouncing back from a horrible experience against Ireland and will get the win.
Italy to win!
??????? Scotland vs Fiji ??
BT Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-Off Saturday, 2:30pm
As we all know, the Fijians are somewhat physical and can be quite intimidating on the pitch! That showed when they edged out Scotland 27-22 last year in Suva so the Scots won’t want a repeat of this.
Last weekend Scotland were outclassed by Wales in the brand new Doddie Weir Cup, following tries through Jonathan Davies and the unstoppable George North.
A few defensive lessons were probably learnt in this game and will give Fiji a little bit of hope heading into this weekends game. That said, we see Scotland being too strong and with their star man returning, Stuart Hogg will certainly give everyone a boost!
Scotland to win!
??????? England vs New Zealand ??
Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick-Off Saturday, 3:00pm
Well…how about last weekend! Who would have thought that an injury hit England would have beaten a confident South African side.
Back to back World Champions the All Blacks however, are in a completely different league having won yet another Rugby Championship and proving they are undoubtedly the best team in the world!
England will have some hope though after seeing Japan score 31 points against the All Blacks last weekend however, their big boys are back for huge clash at Twickenham. We are however hoping to see the return of the famous ‘Ash-Splash’ as the mighty Chris Ashton returns for his first start for England since 2014.
Putting everything into perspective, of course, we are going to back our boys and encourage the crowd to sing Swing Low for 80 minutes!
England to win!
Who said rugby has gone soft…..
??????? Wales vs Australia ??
Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-Off Saturday, 5:20pm
Will Wales finally defeat Australia after a staggering 13 consecutive tests without a victory against the Wallabies. Their last win was all the way back in 2008 however Wales are currently on very good form heading into the weekends match.
After extending their winning streak to six tests by beating Scotland, they will be confident that they can finally come out on top against an arguably poor Australian team having only won 3 games in their last 9 games.
We believe Wales will be too strong and will finally break their duck again the Aussies.
Wales to win!
?? Ireland vs Argentina ??
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-Off Saturday, 6:30pm
Last weekend Ireland showed why they are ranked 2ndin the World Rankings and the best team in the Northern Hemisphere. Argentina however, had one of their best Rugby Championships to date, beating both Australia and South Africa , so will be a confident team heading to Dublin.
A player to most certainly watch however is Jordan Larmour, who following his first international start for Ireland against Italy, scored a hat-trick with some incredible footwork.
We think this will be much closer than people think however Ireland shouldcome out on top!
Ireland to win!
?? France vs South Africa ??
Stade de France, Paris
Kick-Off Saturday, 8:05pm
Super Saturday will conclude in Paris with 2 teams who haven’t had the best of times recently.
South Africa lost to England (yay!) and France were whitewashed on their tour to New Zealand which, lets be honest, was expected! France however, have a poor record against the Springboks and haven’t beaten them since 2009 so the signs aren’t great for the French.
South Africa will be strengthened now they can recall on their overseas based players (Mostert, de Klert, le Roux, Kolbe, Koch & Louw) and we feel this will give them enough squad depth to be the only team to win away from home this weekend!
South Africa to win!
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