Please after this round can we not moan about referees and #BringBackRespect in rugby? I love international rugby but the hate all around it is tiring when there’s so much to enjoy. With so many Tier 1 and Tier 2 sides in action so let’s get into the predictions.
Here is my video with my November Internationals Round 3 Predictions:
Main International Games included in SuperBru:
Romania v USA – USA by 3
The USA beat Samoa by a single point last weekend with a kick at the end of the game. They are making a bit of a habit of that having done the same thing over Scotland in June. Romania are rebuilding after getting disqualified from the Rugby World Cup qualification for fielding ineligible players and I think the USA will rack up another victory.
Uruguay v Fiji – Fiji by 5
Uruguay warmed up for this game with losses to Cardiff Blues and Ulster whilst Fiji lost to Scotland up in Edinburgh. Losing in Edinburgh is something that a lot of teams are doing recently though so I think Fiji will be too strong for Uruguay who qualified for the Rugby World Cup by beating Canada in their double header.
Italy v Australia – Australia by 10
Italy won the most important game of the year for them last weekend against Georgia to fight off questions about who should be in the 6 Nations. Will they be able to get up again? I don’t know and the Wallabies really have to win this game or we are going to see coaches sacked. If the players want to keep Cheika then they will get up for this game.
Georgia v Samoa – Georgia by 3
Georgia lost their most important game of the year last weekend and we’ll have to see how they react to that. If they are to keep their claims of a 6 Nations place valid then this is a must win game. Samoa have sunk to being the third best pacific island side and we saw that with uninspiring performances against Germany and then losing to the USA last weekend.
Wales v Tonga – Wales by 10
Wales finally got the Australian hoodoo off their back last weekend and will be giving a lot of fringe players a chance this weekend. Those fringe players have been doing well for Wales and they are a side on the up. However they have struggled against pacific island sides in the past and Tonga are a developing side who got a win over the French Barbarians last weekend. This could be a cracker.
Spain v Namibia – Spain by 3
It’s difficult to know what’s going to happen in this game. Spain will beed to rebuild from their Rugby World Cup qualification disqualification due to ineligible players. Namibia on the other hand went down heavily to Russia last weekend. So I’m going for the home side but not by much.
England v Japan – England by 15
England are having a good November even if it is being controversial with the refereeing decisions. I don’t think that will distract them and they will take a lot of confidence from beating the Springboks and then getting within 1 point of the All Blacks. Japan are trying to build towards their home Rugby World Cup but this will be a test too far for them.
Scotland v South Africa – Scotland by 5
Scotland bounced back from their loss to Wales with a good win over Fiji. They are back home and have all their players available so they are a tough prospect. The Springboks are a much improved side this year going close against England and then an overtime score to beat the French. If it wasn’t for 2 v 1 coming up this would be game of the round and one to set the alarm for.
Ireland v New Zealand – New Zealand by 5
This has been the game we have been talking about all year. It’s finally here Ireland who are second in the work with just 1 loss away to the Wallabies this year. Playing the All Blacks who are first in the world also with just 1 loss this year which was against the Springboks at home. Set the alarm clock and tell everyone to go away this is a must watch.
France v Argentina – France by 3
Poor planning sees the second and third best games of the weekend overlapping with the best game of the year. Argentina are much better under Ledesma but they still lack a scrum. France will punish that and I think will be the right side of a potentially close game this weekend.
Hong Kong v Kenya – Both these sides lost their opening games which was surprising as Hong Kong were the highest ranked team coming into this competition. With the industrial dispute between the players and the Kenya union you’d have to think Hong Kong would take this.
Canada v Germany – After Germany’s surprise victory last weekend this has turned into the crunch match. You would expect that Canada will win this and put themselves firmly in the pole seat for the Rugby World Cup but Germany have surprised us once already.
France v New Zealand – This is the second in a double header that New Zealand won 0-14 in a wet encounter.
Ireland v USA – This is the 3rd game for the USA after they have lost to New Zealand and England. I think they’ll find the Irish another really tough opponent.
England v Canada – England beat the USA last weekend and I’m unaware of Canada having a game. So even though Canada are one of the stronger womens sides around you’d still think the hosts would come out on top.
Other Mens games:
Dragons v Russia – Russia will be looking to put up a good performance after their win over Namibia last weekend. This is all build up for the Rugby World Cup next year that they have qualified for after Romania and Spain were disqualified
Chile v Māori All Blacks – This is going to be a tough old ask for Chile, they lost to a South American XV last weekend and the Maori have had 2 wins over the USA and Brazil to get up to speed.
Paraguay v South American XV – The South American XV beat Chile last weekend and as Paraguay are 8 places below Chile in the world rankings, if it’s the same side then it’s going to be a tough game for the hosts.
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