MUST WATCH POOL GAMES
Rugby World Cup 2019 (RWC 2019) kicks off on Friday 20 September in Tokyo. The tournament that only comes around every 4 years and never disappoints. The group stages have a few treats lined up for the fans with some epic encounters that will be sure to have you on the edge of your seat. If you are travelling to Japan, and wondering what games you need to go and watch, don’t worry we have you covered. This post looks at the games that cannot be missed.
This game sees 8th ranked France take on 10th ranked side Argentina on 21 September. This is a must win game in Pool C “the pool of death”. With England expected to take the top position in the pool it looks like these two sides are fighting it out for second spot in the pool. This makes for an exciting must win game for both sides. The two sides have previously met 51 times with France winning 36 and Argentina wining 14, with just one draw. Their most recent encounter in November 2018 saw Les Bleus taking the spoils on the day 28-13. This is not a match you want to miss, with two sides that need the maximum points to kick start their tournament in the first game.
This Pool B encounter looks to be mouth watering. A meeting between the number one ranked side and the fifth placed side in the world. The last time these two teams met in a RWC New Zealand edged South Africa 20-18 at Twickenham in the 2015 RWC semi-final. 2018 saw South Africa beat New Zealand in Wellington by 1 point and New Zealand returned the favor by beating South Africa at Loftus by 2 points. The rivalry dates back to 1921 and the sides have faced each other 97 times since then. New Zealand have won 58 times and South Africa just 36 with 3 matches ending in a draw. This encounter will be one for the history books and will surely be the pool B decider.
This clash looks like it could decide who tops Pool A. Ireland who are ranked 2nd in the world will be favorites going into the clash. However Scotland have shown some great fighting leading up to the world cup and won’t let their 7th place world ranking mean anything. There is a lot of history between these arch rivals having played each other 135 times. Ireland having won 63 and Scotland having won 67 of these games. Looking at the recent form of these two teams this looks a game you don’t want to miss.
This Pool C clash looks to be one for the record books and is a must win game for both sides if they are to progress to the knock out stages. England who are real contenders to take the world cup will take on an Argentinian side that always seems to peak during a RWC year. History indicates that England should have the upper hand winning 18 of the 23 games played between the two sides. Either way this game should be full of physicality and running rugby, looking at the way both sides have looked to play in recent years.
The pool of death and the encounter that may decide who tops Pool C. there will be no love lost when these two power houses of world rugby clash horns on Saturday 12 October. Looking at recent form England look favourites to take this one, however one should never write off France especially in a RWC year. In the 105 games these two teams have played against each other England have taken 58 and France have taken 40, with 7 games ending in a stale mate. The last time these two sides played England walked away 44-8 victors. This game is a must win game for both sides if either one of them want to go to the play offs.