Autumn Internationals: Pithy Previews

12 11 2010

Scotland vs New Zealand

Scotland get their Autumn International series underway with a testing, and one might say nigh on impossible, mission against the All Blacks. It is true that the AB’s have had two difficult games; and it is equally true that Scotland have improved massively under some inspired leadership from Andy Robinson – yet the gulf in talent remains huge and a more or less full strength Kiwi side should have more than enough firepower to dispose of the troublesome Scots…

Prediction: Scotland 13-45 New Zealand

Look out for: Scotland’s three B’s going toe to toe with the AB’s back row. Williams to be a handful and create a series of try scoring opportunities in his position at 12 this week. AB’s to score most of their points in the second half.

Ireland vs Samoa

After a tough day at the office last week against the Springboks, Ireland will be looking to get their first win of the season on the board. Ireland will have felt that they should have won last weeks game and Samoa could be in for a backlash this week. Despite naming what has been called an ‘experimental’ side in some quarters, the Irish team still possesses quality all over the park and should have a comfortable win. Samoa have named a strong side and will be smarting after their reserve side was beaten by Connaught in their mid week tour game. In what will be a hard and physical match, Ireland will be as much concerned by the possibility of injuries to key players as by scoring tries.

Prediction: Ireland 43-22 Samoa

Look out for: Big hits and strong runnning (providing its not raining) from Samoa. Young flanker Sean O’Brien whom many people thought should have been playing last week. Giant lock Devin toner being lifted high on his debut.

Wales vs South Africa

The weekend’s other big game – Wales will be hoping that they can take advantage of South Africa’s recent troubles to record what would be their first win over Tri Nations opposition for several years. Wales were scratchy last week but with Hook having moved to 12, and therefore more in the action, they will be looking to achieve more fluidity. South Africa too will be looking to build on the good signs from last week. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top in the scrum as Jones takes on the ‘Beast’ once again.

Prediction: Wales 19-23 South Africa

Look out for: An almighty battle upfront. Fast pacey action out wide from Wales and some fast paced but slightly more direct play from the Boks. Likely to be a helter skelter game.




2 responses

12 11 2010

Wales will turn the saffers over.

13 11 2010

I hope so!

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