Rugby World Cup – Pool B Preview

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Pool B is an engaging organisation with South Africa a transparent favourites.

Scotland and Samoa will be battling i surveillance for second place, yet Japan and USA are both building as Rugby nations and could furnish a shock or two.

South Africa

Despite losing their final 4 games in a Rugby Championship, including a initial detriment to Argentina, South Africa are still a organisation to kick in this group.

The sparkling Willie La Roux can furnish moments of sorcery from anywhere and Victor Matfield and Eben Etzebeth expostulate a Boks in a engine room of a widespread pack. The 1995 and 2007 Champions can never be created off and will expected destroy their opponents in this organisation adult front. The problem for a Springboks is that they are really one-dimensional. If they can’t browbeat physically they mostly onslaught to adjust to a opposite approach of personification and this is something that will harm them after on in a tournament.

For now though, we would design them to be too clever for Japan and USA as good as being too good drilled for a Samoans and only too good for a Scotland organisation we only don’t know a ability of after a gloomy 6 nations.


As alluded to above, nobody knows what Scotland will spin up. A gloomy Six Nations saw them remove all 5 games and dump to tenth in a universe rankings. The intensity has always been there with Stuart Hogg, who has been glorious in a final integrate of years during full-back, new Fly-Half Finn Russell and brothers Richie and Jonny Gray in a second row. The problem has been putting it all into one performance.

Under Vern Cotter they are intensely good drilled yet in a Six Nations this was their rain as they were quick worked out and struggled to exercise a devise B. Russell was one actor to come out of a contest with a lot of credit and it is critical he controls a dash for a Scots if they are to kick a dangerous Samoans and tarry this wily group.


For me, a Samoans are one a teams I’m many looking brazen to seeing. Much like Fiji, they tackle hard, and have glorious round skills, and will compare anyone physically, including a South Africans.

They have done good inroads over a years but, most like Fiji again, there set-piece is a critical weakness. 51 capped Census Johnston, who plays for Toulouse, has come out of retirement and will be a reward during scrum-time yet it is something that Scotland will substantially corner creation that diversion a genuine forwards vs backs tussle.

In a backs a Samoans have some genuine talent including application behind Tim-Nanai Williams, who is an glorious curtain with a ball, as good as scrum-half Kahn Fotuali’I, who Welsh and English fans will know really good following a prior spell during a Ospreys and his stream spell during Northampton.

If a Samoans can master a set-piece afterwards Scotland should be really worried, yet possibly approach a Samoans will be here to entertain.

The Rest: USA and Japan

Both these sides like to play fast, interesting rugby. The USA have several ex American football players in their patrol who are clever and bomb by trade and won’t be disturbed about a earthy side of a game. The downside of that is their miss of time perfecting a skills of rugby. Set-pieces are expected to be ruthlessly picked detached by a improved sides of a organisation and they will be relying on moments of sorcery from Takudzwa Ngwenya, a male we all remember for outpacing Bryan Habana in 2007 for that epic try. They will accommodate again, and a USA will be anticipating for a repeat of that.

Japan will not be relying on their physicality yet their gait will be something they try to utilise. Eddie Jones is now their manager and their line-out is something that has been worked on in an try to give them some-more ball. This is critical for Japan as it brings into play there star player, Fumiaki Tanaka, who plays for a Super Rugby champions Highlanders. Whilst he is not a first-teamer, a scrum half will have learnt a lot from New Zealander Aaron Smith.