It seems like this tournament has gone in a flash! We are already at the final stage where we will see who’s crowned Champions and who gets relegated to make way for Samoa next year. Here are my predictions.
First here is a link to my round-up of last weekend’s action.
How did your semi final predictions go?
5 from 6, I didn’t predict Australia coming good.
Here are my 1 Line Predictions, for the full reasoning read below.
Italy U20 v Japan U20
To be in the last place playoff it generally means that both sides have lost all their games up to this point. Italy though have at least been close in a couple of them where as Japan haven’t. So I think Japan will be the one that gets relegated.
Italy U20 by 5
Georgia U20 v France U20
In some ways the last game was Georgia’s final. They were promoted this year and to not be in the last place playoff is a victory in its self. As the hosts next year they didn’t have to worry about relegation but it would have been embarrassing. Having seen some of the celebrations I think they could find it hard to get themselves back up for this game and France have looked the better side. So I think France will take this one.
France U20 by 5
Argentina U20 v South Africa U20
In the group stages Argentina won this game. It will be interesting to see which of these 2 sides learnt the most from that game. This time I’m going with the Boks to gain revenge and with eth 3rd place playoff like their senior side did at the Rugby World Cup.
South Africa U20 by 5
Scotland U20 v Wales U20
In the 6 Nations earlier this year the Welsh won this game on their way to a grand slam. However Scotland have looked the better side in this tournament and Wales took an absolute hammering against the Baby Blacks last time out. I’m backing the Scots to gain revenge.
Scotland U20 by 5
Australia U20 v New Zealand U20
These 2 teams finally arrived at the tournament once it made it to the semi final stage. By then though they were out of the top competition. Having seen the Baby Blacks put 71 points on Wales it’s hard to look past them even if they did lost game to Australia for the first time earlier this year.
New Zealand U20 by 20
Ireland U20 v England U20
The big final, I really was worried for England coming into this tournament but they have been the form sides. Ireland have done very well and got further than any of their predecessors have done. However I have to go with the home side who are showing good form to go all the way and win England’s third title at this level.
England U20 by 10
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