Rugby World Cup – Pool B: Scotland’s final likelihood; Eire beneath stress? Pool C: Fiji to formally dump Wallabies out? Wales already by way of; Pool A: Italy’s unlikely shot vs Les Bleus; All Blacks nicely positioned; Pool D: England assured of high spot; Argentina, Japan combat it out for QF
By Michael Cantillon
Final Up to date: 04/10/23 7:07am
We stay up for an important week of Rugby World Cup motion, as Scotland and Italy face final probabilities, whereas Eire, hosts France and Fiji could also be feeling a little bit of stress…
Pool B: Scotland’s final likelihood; Eire beneath stress?
Just one place to start out with forward of the ultimate weekend of pool stage fixtures, and that is the group of demise in Pool B, the place one among Scotland, Eire or South Africa will exit the match on Saturday.
The trio got here into the World Cup all contained in the world’s high 5 when it comes to rankings (Eire No 1, South Africa No 2, Scotland No 5), however a brute of a draw has been handed their method.
With the Springboks having accomplished their pool fixture schedule final Sunday with a 49-18 win over Tonga in Marseille, they need to watch on as Eire and Scotland face off on the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday (8pm kick off BST).
Watch as Australia and South Africa responded to defeats with wins over Portugal and Tonga
With South Africa having already overwhelmed Scotland 18-3 in the course of the first weekend, Gregor Townsend’s Scots should beat Eire to face any hope of reaching the quarter-finals, however owing to the very fact Eire beat South Africa 13-8 two weeks in the past, Scotland should beat Eire and in addition deny them a dropping bonus level.
The percentages are on Scotland exiting, subsequently, however a win of eight factors or extra will see Scotland leapfrog Eire and go away Andy Farrell’s facet stranded and out of the World Cup.
There may be additionally one extremely unlikely situation the place Eire and Scotland could each progress at South Africa’s expense, and that’s if the Scots beat Eire by a minimum of 21 factors, obtain a strive bonus-point in doing so (a minimum of 4 tries), and Eire additionally choose up a strive bonus-point of their very own in defeat.
An Eire victory of any form will see them high Pool B, and face a probable quarter-final towards New Zealand. The runner-up on this pool is more likely to face hosts France within the quarters…
Pool C: Fiji want a degree to formally dump Wallabies out; Wales already by way of
After stellar performances in defeat towards Wales and victory vs Australia, Fiji seemed like a facet inhibited by the stress of expectation final week towards Georgia.
Certainly, the Flying Fijians might simply have misplaced the Take a look at on the day, however did get better in the long run to crucially win 17-12 in Bordeaux.
The very fact Fiji failed to choose up a bonus-point in victory means there may be nonetheless work for them to do heading into the ultimate weekend, regardless of Australia dropping twice already to Fiji and Wales.
Fiji face Portugal on Sunday in Toulouse (8pm kick off BST), and wish a solitary level – both a victory, strive bonus level or dropping bonus level – to verify of their quarter-final place and Australia’s first ever pool stage exit from a Rugby World Cup.
Portugal have given Wales and Australia scares already on this World Cup, and so Fiji will hope to placed on a present and achieve some confidence forward of a probable quarter-final assembly with England, which might characterize a primary knock-out look since 2007.
Fiji might nonetheless overtake Wales and high the pool, if Warren Gatland’s prices – who’re already certified – lose to Georgia on Saturday (2pm kick off BST) in Nantes, and Fiji choose up a bonus-point success.
Pool A: Italy’s unlikely shot vs Les Bleus; All Blacks well-placed
And what of Pool A? Italy have been at all times going to have two probabilities to progress to the quarter-finals as soon as they gained their preliminary two fixtures towards Namibia and Uruguay with bonus factors, however the first of these was obliterated in embarrassing trend final week, because the Azzurri suffered a 96-17 defeat to New Zealand.
The very best of the motion from New Zealand’s enormous win towards Italy on the Rugby World Cup
Italy stay simply three factors behind France within the Pool A desk, nonetheless, as Les Bleus didn’t beat Uruguay with a bonus level, and the Azzurri face France on Friday in Lyon (8pm kick off BST) understanding victory will dump the hosts and favourites out of their residence World Cup.
Les Bleus are more likely to be with out skipper Antoine Dupont for that conflict, and might be somewhat nervous heading into the competition, albeit they are going to nonetheless closely again themselves to choose up the victory required to progress.
The All Blacks face Uruguay on Thursday in Lyon (8pm kick off BST), the place victory will assure them a quarter-final place.
Pool D: England assured of high spot; Argentina and Japan combat it out for last-eight place
Lastly to Pool D, the place England are assured of high spot and development to the quarters already forward of their remaining pool fixture towards Samoa on Saturday in Lille (4.45pm kick off BST).
Highlights of Japan towards Samoa on the Rugby World Cup – a outcome which despatched England into the quarter-finals
Argentina and Japan are each locked on 9 factors, 5 beneath England, which means even an England defeat and bonus-point wins for both will see them end beneath Steve Borthwick’s males owing to the head-to-head tiebreaker.
The ultimate sport of the pool sees the Pumas face the Courageous Blossoms on Sunday in Nantes (12pm kick off BST) in a winner-takes-all conflict for the ultimate quarter-final slot and a probable assembly with Wales.