We’re down to the final eight teams in the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
All the big teams have made the knockout stages but there is also a surprise team which has made the cut.
Home nation Japan has caused a huge stir and they’ll be playing South Africa in the final quarterfinal on Sunday night.
All four games are going to be great contests and we have expert betting tips for all four games this Saturday and Sunday.
Rugby World Cup Quarter Finals Tips
6:15pm England vs. Australia
This is shaping up to be a quality game to kick off the quarterfinal games this weekend.
The Wallabies haven’t been in the finest of form throughout the 2019 World Cup but they’ll have their chance to win on Saturday.
However, England has shown good resilience this season and that’s why they are the current $1.30 favourites to win.
Eddie Jones’ side has bounced back after getting rocked in 2015 and it has been a four-year progression.
They were helped by a red card against Argentina but they would have likely won that game regardless.
The road to this point has been a little harder for Australia, but they’re a team capable of causing an upset.
If the forwards can get over the ball and cause some turnovers, expect Australia to be competitive. However, the better team is England and we’re expecting them to come out with the victory.
Bookmakers have the line set at 8.5 and given the likely competitive nature of this game, it should be close.
Betting Tip: Australia +8.5 ($1.91) – Bet Now
9:15pm New Zealand vs. Ireland
It wasn’t meant to be the All Blacks meeting Ireland in the quarterfinals, but that’s how the chips fall.
Considered as the two best teams in world rugby, New Zealand will start as the firm favourites against their European rivals.
New Zealand missed a vital game against Italy due to the weather, which won’t help their chances. It would have given them a good chance to sort out their combinations.
Ireland were expected to perform well this tournament but they have been average. They were beaten by Japan in the biggest upset in Rugby World Cup history.
It has all gone sour for Ireland and that’s why they’re the $4.75 underdogs to topple to defending champions.
It won’t be a cut-and-dry win for the All Blacks, but they should be too good for Ireland. They are the best team in the world and given the confidence of Ireland, they should win comfortably.
Bookies have the line at 12.5 which won’t be easy for the AB’s to cover, but they should go close.
Betting Tip: New Zealand –12.5 ($1.91) – Bet Now
6:15pm Wales vs. France
Wales and France are no strangers to playing each other. They often play in the Six Nations and it has been Wales who have come out ahead in recent times.
Now one of the better sides in world rugby, Wales have come a long way since the last World Cup and that could spell danger for the French.
Comparatively, France is on the downward trend. They have been well below average in the Six Nations over the last few years and that could be telling this Sunday.
They’re a team that doesn’t have too many offensive weapons. They rely on the game being a battle of the forwards and that’s where their chances reside.
If the quality Wales’ outside backs are contained, France could make this game closer than expected. However, we’re unsure if Wales will adopt that game plan.
Look for the favourites to be too strong for France here and cover the 6.5-point spread.
Betting Tip: Wales –6.5 ($1.91) – Bet Now
9:15pm Japan vs. South Africa
What an incredible 2019 Rugby World Cup it has been for host nation Japan.
The cherry blossoms are in fine form and they have all the momentum coming into this game against familiar foe South Africa.
Most rugby fans will remember the last time these two played each other. Japan caused a huge upset in 2015 when beating South Africa, so they have experience beating a top nation.
Has South Africa improved since then? Yes, but they’re not exactly a trustworthy side at the moment.
A loss to New Zealand in the opening round was expected but no team has lost a pool game and won the World Cup.
South Africa deserves to be the favourites against Japan, but bookmakers have the line at 14.5 and that seems a little high.
Japan will have a roaring crowd behind them and with the confidence Japan has shown in this tournament, they won’t be easy to hold out.
We’re happy to take Japan with the points and cheer along with the adoring fans.
Betting Tip: Japan +14.5 ($1.91) – Bet Now