Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Wales (+9)Handicap10/11Bet365, William Hill
New Zealand (-11)Handicap10/11Coral, William Hill
Ireland (-5)HandicapEvensLadbrokes
Scotland (+16)Handicap10/11Ladbrokes

South Africa v Wales

ITV1 Saturday 17th October / 4pm

The rugby union World Cup quarter-finals begin with South Africa’s game against Wales on Saturday afternoon, and despite their defeat to Japan in the early stages of the tournament the Springboks are firm favourites at best odds of 1/3. Wales have been hit hard by injuries and they struggled to make an impact in their Pool A decider against Australia. The Welsh beat South Africa 12-6 last November, and even though they had lost each of their previous 16 meetings, most recent matches have been close and the handicap betting perhaps doesn’t give Warren Gatland’s side enough credit. Back Wales with a nine point start with either Bet365 or William Hill.

New Zealand v France

ITV1 Saturday 17th October / 8pm

It’s been a couple of years since New Zealand met France and recorded an eighth successive win over them, but nothing much has changed in that time. The All Blacks remain the best in the world and France have struggled to shake off their inconsistency. There was little in France’s defeat to Ireland on Sunday to suggest they can trouble the world champions and there’s a chance that this game could get away from them quite swiftly. With the handicap line at 11 points with both Coral and William Hill, New Zealand look the pick of the bets.

Ireland v Argentina

ITV1 Sunday 18th October / 1pm

Ireland’s crucial win over France came at a cost with further injuries stretching their resources, not what they needed before a quarter-final against a gritty Argentina side. The 6 Nations champions have won the last five meetings though and their fans should make the Millennium Stadium feel like the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. They can get through to the last four but will then need to patch everybody up for a likely semi-final against Australia, which may be an obstacle too great to overcome. Take Joe Schmidt’s men to overcome a five point handicap at evens with Ladbrokes.

Australia v Scotland

ITV1 Sunday 18th October / 4pm

It’s widely agreed that Australia have produced the two best performances of the tournament to emerge as winners of Pool A and keep themselves on course to meet New Zealand in the final. Scotland, who have won only two of the last 19 meetings against the Wallabies, lack the necessary tools to stop them in their tracks on Sunday and it should be a question of how many Australia win by. The handicap line gives Scotland backers a chance though, with the underdogs looking a bet with a 16 point start.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Wales (+9)Handicap10/11Bet365, William Hill
New Zealand (-11)Handicap10/11Coral, William Hill
Ireland (-5)HandicapEvensLadbrokes
Scotland (+16)Handicap10/11Ladbrokes