Japan vs South Africa 2019 Rugby World Cup Quarterfinals Betting Odds And Preview
The 2019 Rugby World Cup quarterfinals games are set and one of them will be between the host nation Japan taking on South Africa. Nitrogen Sports Blog lists down all that you need to know about this Japan vs South Africa Rugby World Cup 2019 clash.
Japan vs South Africa 2019 Rugby World Cup game preview
When: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Where: Ajinomoto Stadium, Chōfu, Tokyo, Japan
Game Odds: Japan (+14) vs South Africa (-14)
What to know about Japan
The host nation of Japan is punching above its weight at the moment. Rugby in Japan has certainly been on an upward trajectory ever since the national team’s shocking victory over South Africa in the 2015 World Cup. For this Japan vs South Africa Rugby World Cup 2019 showdown, the Japanese side are the underdogs again, but will they overcome the odds?
In the 2019 WC, Japan have already managed to win a group that also included Ireland and Scotland. It is now time to once again play South Africa, the team against whom team Japan’s dream truly began. Lead by Kazuki Himeno, the host nation look ready.
What to know about South Africa
If it feels like their quarterfinal rivals are overachieving lately, the opposite can be said of South Africa. Arguably one of the most important teams in rugby, the winners of the 1995 and 2007 World Cups are yet to make a strong impression in the tournament.
They’ve won every game so far, apart from the one that truly mattered, the one against New Zealand. In any case, they are the clear favorites in this Japan vs South Africa Rugby World Cup 2019 game.
The Springboks may still be reeling from that defeat, but in players like Cheslin Kolbe, they have some of the biggest stars in the world. Japanese home crowds may be hoping for an upset, but South Africa should win this on most nights.
South Africa last won the Rugby World Cup in 2007. The only team to have won more World Cup trophies than South Africa is New Zealand. They have won three times. Japan has never won the World Cup, but they have competed in every tournament since 1987.
Their 2015 victory over South Africa in the World Cup is considered to be one of the greatest upsets in the sport’s history. What will happen in this Japan vs South Africa Rugby World Cup 2019 collision? We will all just have to wait and see.
For the meantime, you can check out Nitrogen Sports Blog’s sports betting guide for more tips.