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Offline cdbullyweefan

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Rugby World Cup 2019
« on: September 14, 2019, 11:54:23 AM »
Starts on Friday.

Discussion and predictions, who will finish runners-up to Scotland?

You can have a look at the draw and possible permutations here...

https://www.rugbyworldcup.com/bracket

I fancy New Zealand to win against Wales in the Final, but I don't really know much about rugby so just guessing. Will the Japanese humidity benefit any particular team?

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2019, 11:59:14 AM »
This is probably the most open RWC that thereís been for a long time. None of the top sides, including NZ, have looked that impressive over the past couple of years.

However, I still expect NZ to win over a northern hemisphere team in the final.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2019, 12:01:41 PM »
Having rule thro that bracket predictor, Iíll go for NZ v Ire in the final

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019
« Reply #3 on: September 14, 2019, 12:03:59 PM »
CD - in order to have a NZ v Wales final, I assume that you have Wales winning their group ?

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2019, 12:13:54 PM »
England vs SA in the final for me. The power they both bring will be too much for everyone ejse.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2019, 12:30:21 PM »
England have the most potent attacking options in the tournament in my opinion. Defensively is still a bit of a worry, and our propensity to throw in an awful performance almost out of nowhere is fatal in a knockout situation.

I think the winner will come from us, NZ and SA.

I'll go with the springboks.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019
« Reply #6 on: September 14, 2019, 12:31:05 PM »
Having rule thro that bracket predictor, Iíll go for NZ v Ire in the final

Yeah. Aussies aren't that good these days, are they?

I was looking at the draw and thinking England maybe better to finish second and avoid Kiwis in semis.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019
« Reply #7 on: September 14, 2019, 01:34:21 PM »
I've got it as:

A
Ireland
Scotland

B
New Zealand
South Africa

C
England
France

D
Wales
Australia

QF
Eng bt Aus
NZ bt Sco
Wal bt Fra
SA bt Ire

SF
Eng bt NZ
SA bt Wal

Final
Eng vs SA and I have no idea who would win it.

Wales will suffer from not having enough going forward, Ireland look in a bit of trouble, they've been poor for most of 2019. NZ are obviously a massive test for England but I think England have a fitness advantage

Most importantly I think this will be a a very high scoring tournament, there's only really Wales (of the big sides) that don't have defensive problems and the sheer amount of pace, power and quality from the top 5-6 teams means gaps will be exploited.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019
« Reply #8 on: September 14, 2019, 05:43:54 PM »
Itís interesting. It feels very open.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2019, 06:04:55 PM »
Unless Argentina can sneak in ahead of France, the quarter finalists can probably be pencilled in already. I canít see any of the non-6N/Rugby Championship teams having a chance to progress.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2019, 06:48:18 PM »
Unless Argentina can sneak in ahead of France, the quarter finalists can probably be pencilled in already. I canít see any of the non-6N/Rugby Championship teams having a chance to progress.

Japan are the wildcard for me, at home and a better side than they get credit for. They'd need to beat the scots though really and that's a tough game for anyone because scotland are so potent going forward when Russell gets going. They're the closest to bringing an upset for me.

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Re: Rugby World Cup 2019
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2019, 06:51:29 PM »
Yep, Japan over Scotland is probably the only chance of a real upset