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The Rugby World Cup Bets That Could Make Your Day

The Rugby World Cup Bets That Could Make Your Day
By Conor O'Leary
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Week one may not have gotten off to the best starts for betting, with Fiji missing out on the handicap by 0.5 with a late collapse and some terrible kicking - but backing Japan did come up trumps - and how.

As it happens, both sides are in action again on Wednesday, but the betting advice this time around will be to back against those teams.

Scotland v Japan - Scotland -17 Evens

Had Japan not beaten South Africa, this tip would be very different. Let me explain.

How often do an underdog, who have just recorded their biggest victory in their history - back it up with a great performance? We've seen it many times with Ireland alone - collapsing in the third test against New Zealand in 2012 a week after running them close, or falling meekly to Wales in the last World Cup after a huge emotional win over Australia.

It's a bad spot for Japan. Add to that, they are playing their eight best players again just FOUR days after the last game. That's exhausting.

Contrast to that, Scotland are improving under Vern Cotter. He will have seen them shock South Africa and will be ready. They are rested, and eager to get their campaign up and running.

The two teams met just two years ago, when Scotland beat the Japanese 42-17.


I'm expecting the Scots to cover the handicap with ease, but I'll be thrilled if they don't.

Scotland v Japan - Mark Bennett anytime try scorer 11/8

If Scotland are to cover the handicap as mentioned, they'll need some tries.

Fortunately for them, they are developing a few young talented players like Stuart Hogg and ex-Clermont centre Mark Bennett.


Bennett had a breakout year for Glasgow last season, and I believe that he is one of the big reasons why they went on to claim the Pro 12 title.

The Japanese showed some dodgy defending at times against South Africa, leaving Hogg and Bennett in a great position to cut them open.

Bennett is odds against to score, that's value I like.

Australia v Fiji - Australia - 25 Evens

This is for similar reasons to backing against Japan. They've only made three changes to the team that lost to England, meaning 12 players are playing twice in five days.

That's the same twelve players who collapsed from the pace of the game in the final ten minutes asked to do it again so soon after.

Except that Fiji won't be in a position to shock anyone this time. Nemani Nadolo, Ben Volavola, and Asaeli Tikoirotuma will be familar to the Australians from both Super Rugby and having Nadolo and Volavola play their rugby with the Waratahs at some point.


Australia are a better side than England, and a bigger handicap with the reasons outlined is definitely coverable.

See Also: The Best Bets For The First Week Of The Rugby World Cup
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