02-07-2021 Daily Prediction Rugby International South Africa vs Wales

The Springboks will be playing their first match in front of their home fans since winning the World Cup in 2019 and it is sure to be a special moment. The Welsh team will want to put a dampener on the celebrations but they won’t be easy at Fort Loftus in front of 52 000 spectators. The home team have selected Elton Jantjies ahead of World Cup hero Handre Pollard and it remains to be seen if this is a wise move. The Welsh team will come out firing and will be looking for an early score to silence the local fans.

TIP: Wales possess a lethal backline and if they can get good ball to halfbacks Dan Biggar and Kieran Hardy then they can cause the Springboks plenty of problems. The battle of the forwards will eventually decide the outcome of the match and this is where the Springboks have the major advantage. Their first XV will dominate the scrums and lineouts before the replacements finish of the Welsh. The bookies have the Springboks as favourites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.08, Playabets 1.07 and Sunbet 1.08  

HEAD TO HEAD STATS

South Africa vs Wales

  • Wales have won four of the last six matches against the Springboks.
  • The Springboks have won the last two matches against Wales.

Latest results for both teams

South Africa lost their last match 27-26 against England while Wales lost 22-21 against Italy in their last match.  

PREDICTION

Both teams have excellent attacking players in the backline and it will be an exciting match to watch if they ball goes to the backline. The Springboks way is not the expansive play but rather they are like slow poison whereby the forwards wear the opposition down before the Bomb Squad come on in the second half to finish the opposition off. This is a tried and tested formula for them and they are unlikely to deviate from it. The Welsh on the other hand will want to run the ball and avoid too many rucks. They have world class players Josh Adams and Louis Rees-Zammit on the wings and if they are given any space they will make the home team pay. I predict a Boks win by 10 points.

  • Probable Starting XVs

South Africa

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Makazole Mapimpi, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Franco Mostert, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Lood de Jager, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ox Nché

Wales

15 Liam Williams, 14 Louis Rees-Zammit, 13 George North, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Josh Adams, 10 Dan Biggar (c), 9 Kieran Hardy, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Tommy Reffell, 6 Dan Lydiate, 5 Adam Beard, 4 Will Rowlands, 3 Dillon Lewis, 2 Ryan Elias, 1 Gareth Thomas

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Springboks victory are as follows:

Worldsportsbetting 1.08

Playabets 1.07

Sunbet 1.08

Odds comparison on the Wales handicap :

The complete odds on the Wales handicap:

Worldsportsbetting (+18.5) 1.91

Sunbet (+18.5) 1.89

Playabets (+18.5) 1.81

Predictions and Odds in details

Wales will start of this match like a house on fire to silence the home support but will find it impossible to maintain the same tempo especially at altitude. The Boks will use their powerful scrum to gain penalties and then use their rolling maul to batter the Welsh forward back. This match will be close in the first half but the Boks will take the win in the second half. There are poor odds on the Springboks outright win therefore we suggest the away team on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+18.5) 1.91, Sunbet (+18.5) 1.89 and Playabets (+18.5) 1.81

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