10-09-2023 Daily Prediction Rugby World Cup 2023 South Africa vs Scotland

South Africa vs Scotland

Defending champions South Africa kick of the defence of their title with a mouthwatering clash against Scotland. Pool B is the Group of Death with the loser of this match needing to beat Ireland if they are to have any chance of finishing in the top two. The Springboks have hit form at the right time as they have beaten Wales 52-16 and the All Blacks 37-7 in their last two matches. The demolition of New Zealand in a record victory really made the rugby world sit up and take notice. Scotland have gone through their warm up matches fairly well with just one loss to France.

TIP: The Scots have started all their recent matches very poorly and have come back storming in the second half. They will do well to avoid that in this match as the Springboks have their Bomb Squad that comes on in the second half. The South Africans have gone for a 6-2 split on the bench so their power game will not relent even later in the match. The Scots will need to find a way to at least get parity in the set pieces or it will be a long day for them. The bookies have the Springboks as favorites and I’m also tipping them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.22, Gbets 1.22 and Hollywoodbets 1.23


South Africa vs Scotland

  • The Springboks have won the last eight matches against Scotland.
  • The last time Scotland beat the Boks was in 2010.

Latest results for both teams

South Africa beat NZ 37-7 in their last match while Scotland beat Georgia 33-6 in their last match.


The Springboks have always has a massive, powerful pack that carried them to victory but now they have equally devastating finishers in the team. They have speedy wingers in Kurt-Lee Arendse and Cheslin Kolbe who rank among the best with their side stepping ability. The battle between them and Duhan van der Merwe promises to be one of the highlights of the match. The result will be decided in the forwards and more especially at scrum and lineout time. For the Scots to have any chance of an upset, they will need to find a way to negate the power of the Boks front row. I cannot see this happening therefore I predict a South African win by more than 13 points.

Probable Starting XVs

South Africa

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Kurt-Lee Arendse, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Jasper Wiese, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Steven Kitshoff


15 Blair Kinghorn, 14 Darcy Graham, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Sione Tuipulotu, 11 Duhan van der Merwe, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Ben White, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Rory Darge, 6 Jamie Ritchie (captain), 5 Grant Gilchrist, 4 Sam Skinner, 3 WP Nel, 2 Dave Cherry, 1 Jamie Bhatti

Odds for this bet

The best odds on the Springboks victory are as follows:

Betway 1.22

Gbets 1.22

Hollywoodbets 1.23

Odds comparison on the Springboks handicap:

The complete odds on the Springboks handicap:

Betway 1.90 (-11.5)

Gbets 1.87 (-11.5)

Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-11.5)

Predictions and Odds in details

There are poor returns on the Springbok outright win therefore we suggest backing them on the handicap. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Betway 1.90 (-11.5), Gbets 1.87 (-11.5) and Hollywoodbets 1.89 (-11.5)

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