Rugby World Cup – Springboks to Top Pool B with Scotland and Samoa fighting for Second Spot

South Africa are firm favourites to top Pool B in the Rugby World Cup but how far can they go in the tournament?

Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are all bidding to win the Rugby World Cup for a third time when the tournament gets underway in September. The latter last won the Web Ellis Cup in 2007 and are on the third line of betting with Centrebet to do so again this year. The Springboks are paying $6 to become World Champions. They’re odds on to finish first in Pool B, but their quarter final opposition won’t be easy. They’ll likely face either England, Australia or Wales. The Boks are over even money reach the semis, while they’re paying $3 to play in the final.

Who’ll be Second to Springboks?

The Springboks group opponents include Scotland, Samoa, USA and Japan. South Africa are under $1.10 to finish on top while the race to be runner up looks like a 2 way battle between Samoa and Scotland. The Scots are fortunate to find themselves in an easier Pool than others and are paying $1.80 to progress to the quarter finals. Samoa though will also believe they’re a big chance to make the final 8. The Pacific Islanders are even money get to the knockout rounds. Japan and USA aren’t the worst two teams at the World Cup but they’re paying $21 and $67 respectively, to get out of the group.

Opening Pool B Matches

South Africa begin their campaign against Japan and in what should be a walk over. The line is set at 44.5 points with the favourites at $1.90 to win by 45 or more while the Cherry Blossoms are the same price to keep it within a 44 point deficit. The line between Samoa and USA is much smaller, the Samoans are paying $1.90 to beat the Eagles by 19 plus. The outsiders are $8.50 on Centrebet’s Head to Head market while Samoa is under $1.10.

So with South Africa set to dominate Pool B, the most crucial clash looks like Scotland’s showdown with Samoa. The winner of that battle will likely continue in the competition.