Rugby World Cup Semi-Finals Match Previews & Best Tips

Russ Yershon

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:01 AM UTC

Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019 10:01 AM UTC

New Zealand and South Africa to make it to the Rugby World Cup final.
<div><h2>New Zealand v England</h2><p><strong>Saturday 26th October 2019</strong></p><p>It’s the semi-final everyone predicted and it promises to be an absolute classic. Two nations who are peaking at the right time and for England, this is their moment to look to beat the world cup favourites and repeat the success of the famous 2003 winning team.</p><p>Everything is looking good for England right now as defensively England have been hugely impressive in all of their recent matches and what caught the eye against Australia was that England scored 40 points and made a statement of intent ahead of this weekend’s semi-final.</p><p>Jonny May scored a brace of tries and looked impressive. Owen Farrell led by example with Ben Youngs growing in confidence too.</p><p>However, with all this optimism for England to cause a shock and reach the final, what lies ahead of them in the semi-final is the world class side of New Zealand.</p><p>New Zealand have done everything asked of them until now and unfortunately for England, New Zealand have probably only played in 2nd gear so far. They are back to back world champions, kings of rugby, and have a team ready to make history.</p><p>They, like England are coming into this eagerly anticipated clash with huge momentum, and have the power, strength, skill and hunger to win this match. Crucially, this team know what it takes to win a world cup.</p><p>New Zealand comfortably disposed of Ireland and their only other tough make was their opening day win over South Africa, which could be similar to how this Saturday’s match is decided.</p><p>With this key factor, the handicap at <a href="https://www.oddsmarket.com/tips/more-sports/" target="_blank" title="More Sports Tips &amp; Betting Previews">New Zealand -7pts is our pick for this semi-final</a>. We tipped New Zealand to win and nothing we’ve seen has made us change our mind.</p><p><strong>Best Tip: New Zealand (-7pts) at 2.00 (1/1) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">Bet365</a></strong></p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=160&amp;a=9feaaf7a-d7a2-4185-974a-81ad171951df&amp;f=3"><img alt src="https://imstore.bet365affiliates.com/AffiliateCreativeBanners/Sports/General/Bet%20Builder/en-GB/UK/STD/728x90_2.jpeg" style="width:100%;height:12px" /></a></p><h2>South Africa v Wales</h2><p><strong>Sunday 27th October 2019</strong></p><p>South Africa are a team with huge momentum after silencing the hosts Japan in rugby world cup quarter-finals last weekend. The 2nd half domination set a market that this team believe they can win the tournament.</p><p>The forward display was superb and with inspirational Flaf de klerk at the heart of everything good with South African rugby, he will lead this team to victory over Wales.</p><p>South Africa played a superb match from start to finish against Japan and didn’t let the hosts get into any rhythm. This is full credit to the coaching staff and the experience of the squad on the pitch.</p><p>For Wales, they haven’t really done anything wrong this tournament as defeated all their opponents and have showed a lot of grit and determination to withhold Australia in the group stage and make a strong comeback against France to secure their place in the semi-finals.</p><p>Their quarter-final match against France did show that this will be a match too far for them. It’s been a faultless campaign for Wales and one they should be hugely proud of themselves. However, they are now coming up against a different team to Australia and France.</p><p>The difference in this semi-final will be the momentum that South Africa have compared to Wales, who won’t have that extra edge they need to qualify for the final. Our tip for this match is South Africa to win between 1-12 points.</p><p><strong>Best Tip: South Africa to win between 1-12 points at 2.7 (17/10) with <a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=153&amp;a=8ec6399a-9df1-4c52-b272-39e6428836a6&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker!">Betfair</a></strong></p></div>
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