Pumas vs WP
The Pumas had an excellent win in their last match when they beat the Sharks 20-10 in Durban. The result has given them the boost they need to make a serious push for the semi-final spots. They are just two points behind fourth placed Griquas but have a game in hand. WP on the other hand will be playing for pride and it comes as a surprise that they have performed so poorly as they have a strong team on paper. They will be looking to gain revenge over the Pumas after they were beaten in the earlier round match by them.
TIP: The WP team has experienced players like Juan de Jongh and Sergeal Petersen who must guide the younger players around the park. The Pumas team play to their strengths which is definitely their forward pack. They have an excellent rolling maul and they always gain momentum with it. The WP pack will need to find a way to stop the Pumas maul otherwise they will struggle. The bookies have the Pumas as favourites and I also tip them for the win. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting 1.33, Playabets 1.32 and Sunbet 1.31
HEAD TO HEAD STATS
Pumas vs WP
- WP have won three of the last five matches between these side.
- Pumas beat WP 37-21 in the last match between the sides.
Latest results for both teams
The Pumas won their last match 20-10 against the Sharks while WP lost 28-21 against the Cheetahs in their last match.
The Pumas showed against the Sharks that they are deadly on turnover ball and the player that is most dangerous is Devon Williams. The Pumas have a super-fast back three and if WP kick waywardly they could be in trouble. The visitors also have plenty of pace in their backs and if Tim Swiel can ignite the backs then this could turn into a very exciting encounter. The home team certainly has the edge in the forwards and it is for this reason that I am predicting a Pumas win by under 10 points.
- Probable Starting XVs
15 Devon Williams, 14 Sebastian de Klerk, 13 Alwayno Visagie, 12 Eddie Fouche, 11 Tapiwa Mafura, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Chriswill September, 8 Willie Engelbrecht (captain), 7 Anele Lungisa, 6 Daniel Maartens, 5 Shane Kirkwood, 4 Malembe Mpofu, 3 Ignatius Prinsloo, 2 Eduan Swart, 1 Corne Fourie.
15 Tristan Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Cornel Smit, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Timothy Swiel, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Keke Morabe, 7 Marcel Theunissen, 6 Nama Xaba (captain), 5 Ben-Jason Dixon, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Jacques van Zyl, 1 Kwenzo Blose.
Odds for this bet
The best odds on the Pumas victory are as follows:
Odds comparison on the WP handicap :
The complete odds on the WP handicap:
Worldsportsbetting (+8.5) 1.91
Sunbet (+8.5) 1.89
Playabets (+8.5) 1.81
Predictions and Odds in details
The home side have much more to play for as they are chasing a semi final spot while WP have only pride to play for. This however could make them very dangerous and the likes of Angelo Davids and Tristan Leyds are great finishers especially if they are given space to run in. The difference between the sides will be the Pumas stronger pack. There are poor odds on the Pumas win therefore we suggest the away team on the handicap for better returns. The best odds on this bet are as follows: Worldsportsbetting (+8.5) 1.91, Sunbet (+8.5) 1.89 and Playabets (+8.5) 1.81
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