A huge clash between two of the most in-form nations in the world of rugby union takes place in the pool stages.
Both nations have looked impressive in their opening matches but this clash, though it doesn’t decide anything, will tell us a lot about how both teams match up against each other. It is a bit of a reminder of 2007 when England played South Africa in the group stages and then they met in the final of that tournament too.
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South Africa vs Ireland Betting Tips
- Back South Africa @ 5/6 with Paddy Power
- Bongi Mbonambi to score a try anytime @ 5/2 with Bet365
- Dan Sheehan to score a try anytime @ 5/2 with Bet365
South Africa to shut down Irish runners
This is a very tough match to call, if only for the reason that it is difficult to ascertain exactly what is at stake.
South Africa already have their win against the other tough team in the group, Scotland, so know that a win here should secure their qualification into the knockout stages, and, most likely, top spot as well.
Ireland have been able to build into the tournament without much threat. They piled 82 points onto Romania and then also broke 50 against Tonga last time out but with a rotated team.
Both sides will probably go with a first team here but won’t necessarily go all out for the win. South Africa probably have the best B game in world rugby and the strongest defence. It could be a tight game and their defence could be the decisive factor.
South Africa vs Ireland team news
South Africa: Steven Kitshoff, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (c), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Jasper Wiese, Faf de Klerk, Manie Libbok, Cheslin Kolbe, Damian de Allende, Jesse Kriel, Kurt-Lee Arendse, Damian Willemse
Replacements: Deon Fourie, Ox Nche, Trevor Nyakane, Jean Kleyn, RG Snyman, Marco van Staden, Kwagga Smith,Cobus Reinach
Ireland: Andrew Porter, Ronan Kelleher, Tadhg Furlong, Tadhg Beirne, James Ryan, Peter O’Mahony, Josh van der Flier, Caelan Doris, Jamison Gibson-Park, Johnny Sexton (c), James Lowe, Bundee Aki, Garry Ringrose, Mack Hansen, Hugo Keenan
Replacements: Dan Sheehan, Dave Kilcoyne, Finlay Bealham, Iain Henderson, Ryan Baird, Conor Murray, Jack Crowley, Robbie Henshaw