RWC QF #1 Preview: AUS vs. ENG

On form alone, the Wallabies chances are somewhere between bucklies and none.

However, the Wallabies have a strange knack of winning games they shouldn’t and losing games they should win by a country mile. So, I am not willing to write them off until tomorrow evening.

The Wallabies team named looks strong, but with limited time together in the key combinations anything could happen. Unity is incredibly important and settled sides tend to perform better in the knock-out stages of Rugby World Cups. BUT, this is the Wallabies. Love them or hate them, they usually have one good game in them every four or five. Having not played a “good” game since Perth’s victory over the All Blacks, we are about due.

England on the other hand have the same, predicably strong, team with a few minor adjustments. Owen Farrell moving in to play 10 has been one of Eddie Jones strategic manoeuvrers. I’ve been enjoying watching George Ford at the helm, he will be incredibly dangerous when he comes on fresh at the 53-minute mark (according to Eddy’s hocus pocus formula).

This, without a doubt, will be the best, or worst, game of the weekend. The answer will lie in the hands of Izack Rodda, Rory Arnold and Samu Kerevi. If we can keep the ‘knock ons’ below 10, and Samu passes the ball at least 10 times we have a chance. There is not much point of having and Outside centre, right wing and fullback in attack if our 12 only knows how to run the ball.

I’d love to see the Australians make the RWC Final, but I fear our only hopes are Eddy Jones, Nic Berry and Angus Gardener.

Prediction: England by 15 points.

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