Tip New Zealand - Ireland
New Zealand are just three games away from a record-breaking third consecutive Rugby World Cup win. They take on Ireland who finished second in Pool A surprisingly finishing behind Japan. The All-Blacks have won all of their games so far and been in dominant form whatever line-up they put out. They scored 157 points in their three pool matches (the game against Italy was cancelled) and only conceded 22. 13 of those came in the opening win over South Africa, since then victories over Canada and Namibia were achieved by an aggregate total of 134-9. The fact the game against Italy wasn't played means the squad will have had 13 days to get over their last fixture. It gets a lot tougher from now on though and the All-Blacks face an Irish side that they have beaten 28 times in 31 meetings.
Only twice have the Irish beaten them and it took them 111 years to get that first win three years ago in a game played in the USA. However, Ireland go into this game having won two of the previous three meetings. The most recent match was a 16-9 home win for Ireland last November. Ireland have never reached the semi-finals of this competition losing in the last eight in both of the last two finals. They finished second in their pool behind Japan, who beat them 19-12. They had comfortable wins over Scotland, Samoa and Russia but this is the ultimate test for them. New Zealand look to be in the best form of the two countries and they can be backed to win this game, leading at both half time and full time.
Key points New Zealand - Ireland
New Zealand have won all of their games in this tournament.
Ireland have already lost to Japan in the Pool stages.
Ireland are likely to be without Bundee Aki who was sent off in the win against Samoa.
New Zealand haven't played since October 6 so will be well rested for this match.
Conclusion New Zealand - Ireland
New Zealand are in good form and will have had 13 days rest since their last win. With them fielding weakened line-ups in the games against Canada and Namibia, they will have a fresh squad and that can't be good news for the Irish. Ireland lost to Japan in their pool but played well in the other matches, especially against Samoa when reduced to 14 men after a sending-off. New Zealand can be backed to get the win here and be ahead at both half and full time.
New Zealand Ireland Prediction published on October 13, 2019