The two top seeds in Pool D Wales and Australia face off in an eagerly awaited World Cup clash as Wales take on Australia whilst Georgia take on surprise package Uruguay in the groups’ other game. All 4 sides will fancy their chances of progressing to the knockout stages of the competition and the stakes in Japan simply could not be higher.
Wales vs Australia
Two of the biggest sides in the competition face off on Sunday in what promises to be a firecracker encounter in Tokyo. This game looks set to go a long way to deciding the winner from Pool D and the carrot of having a favourable draw in the knockout rounds is on display here. Wales picked up a solid opening win over Georgia in their first game whilst Australia dealt with Fiji’s multiple attacking threats to also clinch a bonus point win in their opener.
Wales come into the World Cup as the number one ranked side in the world and Warren Gatland’s men look to have a distinct playing style and vision at this World Cup. Following their Six Nations Grand Slam triumph earlier in the year, the nation will be expecting and they will be eager to deliver on the biggest stage of all here.
Betting Tip: Point Spread – Wales -3.5 points – 1.60
Australia have struggled for form and consistency in recent seasons but do tend to play their best rugby at the World Cup. They were the runners-up last time around in 2015 but haven’t managed to lift the Webb Ellis Cup since 1999. They looked a little undercooked in their opener against Fiji and could find this one a lot tougher going.
Betting Tip: Most Tries – Wales – 1.60
Match Betting Tip: Wales to be winning the match at half time and full time – 2.11
Georgia vs Uruguay
Two sides that will be eying up an outside shot at the knockout stages face off as Georgia take on Uruguay. The Georgians have become one of the emerging nations in world rugby in recent seasons and have climbed to 12th in the world rankings whilst Uruguay picked up the result of the tournament last time out, showing flair and determination to beat Fiji in their opening game. With both sides having to play against Wales and Australia in Pool D, they will be targeting this one as a point scoring opportunity.
Georgia play a hard brand of rugby that takes no prisoners and their forward pack is amongst one of the toughest in world rugby. They will be looking to quash the Uruguayan attacking options and should have too much about them here.
Betting Tip: Race to 10 points – Georgia – 0.29
Following their famous win over Fiji, Uruguay sit 3rd in Pool D and they will have Wales and Australia in their sights if they can win this one. They demonstrated high skill levels against the Fijians and whilst beating Georgia could be a tall order, they should well run the Georgians closer than many people think.
Betting Tip: Point Spread – Uruguay +16.5 – 0.90
Match Betting Tip: Georgia to win the match with a winning margin of 1 to 10 points – 2.80