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Rugby World Cup – Day Eight Preview

After a rest day on Friday, the Rugby World Cup returns to our screens on Saturday morning, with another weekend full of action, with five games across the two days.

Home nations Ireland and Wales feature among the action, while Australia and South Africa also take their second run-outs, alongside hosts Japan.

Argentina v Tonga
Hanazono Rugby Stadium – Pool C

In England’s Pool, Argentina will seek to revitalise their campaign when they face up against Tonga on Saturday.

Los Pumas were narrowly defeated in their opening encounter, a thrilling affair, in which France got the better of them – while Tonga also started out with defeat to England.

The physicality shown by Tonga against England will provide a robust test for Argentina, who could find themselves bullied out of the clash with a lack of heavyweights in their squad.

Matches odds with Coral: Argentina 1/33 Draw 11/1 Tonga 66/1
Ben’s Prediction: 
Tonga win by five points

Japan v Ireland
Shizuoko Stadium – Pool A

The two victors from Pool A in the opening round, Japan and Ireland, do battle in Saturday’s middle fixture as Joe Schmidt’s men in green aim to assert their authority on the competition.

The Cherry Blossoms thrilled their home crowds on the opening Friday, but Ireland pose a whole new level of challenge and will be after another bonus-point win take another large stride toward the quarter-finals.

Ireland made an impressive start as they dismissed Scotland with ease, claiming a bonus-point, and the Emerald Isle will expect nothing less in their second outing this weekend.

Matches odds with Coral: Japan 8/1 Draw 50/1 Ireland 1/14
Ben’s Prediction: 
Ireland win by 18 points

South Africa v Namibia
City of Toyota Stadium – Pool B

After defeat to the All Blacks in the opening round of Pool B action, South Africa will be desperate to bounce back – with no easier way to do so than facing Namibia.

Defeated 47-22 by Italy in their first fixture, Namibia look set to the whipping boys of Pool B and the Springboks will be expected to inflict a large scorelines on their continental counterparts.

After losing their first match and seeing Italy win two from two, South Africa must claim a bonus-point win to keep pace with the Pool’s forerunners.

Matches odds with Coral: South Africa 1/1000 Draw 150/1 Namibia 100/1
Ben’s Prediction: 
South Africa win by 30 points

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