Autumn Internationals: Week 3 Predictions
?? Italy vs Australia ??
Stadio Euganeo, Padua
Kick-Off Saturday, 2:00pm
Italy will have undoubtedly been boosted by their 28-17 victory over a Georgia team snapping at their heels in the world rankings. Australia, however, are a different ball game (not literally of course – we can confirm they will be mostly obeying World Rugby laws).
A reeling Wallabies side will be looking to make a point following their narrow defeat to Wales last weekend, making them a dangerous prospect for Italy, and likely victors.
Australia to win!
??????? Wales vs Tonga ??
Principality Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-Off Saturday, 2:30pm
Warren Gatland’s 14 changes from last week’s team against Australia says something about the expected outcome of this fixture, whilst also acknowledging the physicality of their opposition. Wales have never lost to Tonga and they clearly have one eye on overcoming the Springboks next week to cement their first autumn series clean sweep.
Wales to win!
??????? England vs Japan ??
Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick-Off Saturday, 3:00pm
Following another impressive, yet ultimately unsuccessful performance from England, Eddie’s men will be tackling an altogether different challenge (whilst ensuring they wrap their arms and are not leading with their shoulder ?)
A considerable reshuffle for England sees Cokanasiga making his debut, Care starting at scrum-half and Nowell stepping into outside centre. We think this sounds potentially dangerous for Japan, as players look to throw their cap in for World Cup selection.
England to win!
??????? Scotland vs South Africa ??
BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh
Kick-Off Saturday, 5:20pm
The physicality of the Springboks is clearly on Scottish minds, as Townsend aims for a pacey game built on a counter attacking mentality. However the South Africans are coming off the back of some competitive tests, including a completely controversy-free loss to England(!), and they will be undoubtedly battle hardened.
We would love to see Scotland take this scalp, but unfortunately…
South Africa to win!
?? Ireland vs New Zealand ??
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Kick-Off Saturday, 7:00pm
Officially the top two ranked teams in the world, whatever happens this is going to be interesting. New Zealand don’t currently have the invincible aura that we’re so accustomed to. They conceded 31 points against Japan (albiet with a youthful side), and looked shaky in the first third against England. Yet they inevitably found ways to win.
We may have too readily jumped aboard the hype train, but Ireland have the wind in their sails and a home advantage. We may regret saying it, but…
Ireland to win!(?)
?? France vs Argentina ??
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Kick-Off Saturday, 8:05pm
We’re flagging this as a game worth watching for the neutrals. A frustratingly narrow loss for France last weekend during stoppage time will have them wanting to put this game to bed early and keep it that way. However the Pumas have looked strong this year, even if they haven’t always kept the quality up for the full 80.
We predict a close one here, and it could go either way – but we have a feeling…
Argentina to win!
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