Rugby World Cup Semi Finals Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
South Africa (+8)Handicap11/10Bet365
Argentina (+7)Handicap10/11Stan James

South Africa v New Zealand

ITV1 Saturday 24th October / 4pm

The first of the rugby union World Cup semi-finals take place on Saturday afternoon and sees South Africa face tournament favourites New Zealand. As expected, the All Blacks have cruised through the competition so far and their 62-13 thrashing of France last week means they have lost only one of their last 15 matches. Go a little further back and they have lost just two of the last 38. One of those defeat came at the hands of the Springboks, but New Zealand have had the upper hand in their recent history, winning 10 of the last 12 meetings including the last back in July.

South Africa have recovered well from the shock of their opening defeat to Japan, but while their attritional quarter-final victory over Wales demonstrated their ability to slug it out against the northern hemisphere’s best, it did little to inspire confidence that they can get the better of the world champions. In the match betting, New Zealand are a best price of 2/7, while South Africa can be backed at 3/1, with both prices widely available. In the handicap betting, most firms offer South Africa an eight-point start, which would have been enough for them to land the bet in each of the last three meetings. With the London weather set to turn very wet by the weekend, a slippery ball could make it much more difficult for New Zealand to find their flow and that’s another factor in favour of backing the Springboks. Bet365 are offering 11/10 (just 10/11 with all other bookmakers).

Australia v Argentina

ITV1 Sunday 25th October / 4pm

The weather is forecast to be a little better for Sunday’s second semi-final between Australia and Argentina, who are looking for just a third win in 17 meetings against the Wallabies. Australia won the most recent meeting 34-9 in the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship in July, but the performances of the two sides in last weekend’s quarter-finals suggest this match should be a much tighter affair and the bookmakers agree. Argentina, who lost to New Zealand by just 10 points in their opening match and who beat South Africa back in August, demolished Ireland in the last eight in an eye-catching performance, to reach the last four for the second time.

Now ranked fourth in the world, the Pumas are a powerful outfit who will make it tricky for an Australia side who survived against unfancied Scotland courtesy of an incorrect last minute penalty award. That near upset perhaps put the poor state of the England and Wales teams into greater perspective after Australia topped Pool A and makes a shock look a little more likely this weekend. Australia are a best price of 2/5 (general) to win the match, with Argentina a clear best of 5/2 with William Hill. Most firms are offering a six-point handicap line, but Stan James go with seven and that makes Argentina the more attractive proposition at odds of 10/11.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
South Africa (+8)Handicap11/10Bet365
Argentina (+7)Handicap10/11Stan James