What are Wales’ chances of winning Rugby World Cup™ 2019?
After an excellent showing during the Six Nations, beating all teams on their way to their twelfth Grand Slam (just one behind England now) and breaking their own record for consecutive test wins, it is difficult not to be impressed and extremely excited by Wales’ chances at Rugby World Cup 2019™. However, there is the constant grey cloud hanging over every one of Wales’ Rugby World Cup tournaments where they are tied as the highest rated team to never have played in a Rugby World Cup final, with their best finish being third in the inaugural 1987 Rugby World Cup.
Can this finally be Wales’ year where they make a difference, under the superb leadership of arguably the best ever Wales coach Warren Gatland, who seems to be able to constantly get the best out of the team. Can they finally put past Rugby World Cups to rest, and make it to the biggest dance of the largest sporting event of 2019?
STH Live is looking at Wales’ odds of breaking out of their pool, and whether or not they can make it to the finals, and possibly lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 2019. So what are Wales’ chances of winning Rugby World Cup 2019?
First of all, it’s hard not to notice that Wales have rather lucked out with their pool at this Rugby World Cup. First up, they’re facing Georgia on September 23, a team that has won only four matches out of the twenty Rugby World Cup games they’ve played. From there, Wales are set a likely win against Fiji, but be warned they are a team not easy to beat and who in the last couple years have proven that playing to their strengths and bringing their Rugby Sevens skills to the full 15-man game have caused quite a bit of trouble. If we look back to Rugby World Cup 2007 Fiji handed Wales a defeat in a very similar looking pool. Wales follow that match up with an almost guaranteed win against minnows Uruguay. The first test of their mettle is going to come from Australia, the only other tier one team in their pool, but will recent politics be weighing too much on the Australian Team?
As it stands, Wales are favourites to take the top spot in the pool with Australia seen as runner-ups, but an Australian team which is overlooked is an Australian team that could upset the apple cart. Here are our predictions for each of Wales’ matches in the pools, which we see them as Pool D winners.
Our predictions for the Wales’ pool games are below – do you think we have these right?
Wales 47 – 8 Georgia
Wales 28 – 21 Fiji
Wales 78 – 12 Uruguay
Wales 24 – 18 Australia
Who will likely be the runner-up of Pool C? A French side on the decline or an Argentinian team full of players brimming with success from winning the South African conference in the Super Rugby. French teams always seem to find a way to peak at Rugby World Cups, but we feel the Pumas are looking too strong and will come away from Pool C as runner-ups, which is out of frying pan and into the fire as they will have to face the red-hot Welsh. While Argentina has a chance here with their huge physical forward pack, we feel the Welsh have too much class across the pitch once the initial onslaught has died down.
STH Live quarter-final prediction:
Wales 34 – 18 Argentina (The game will be a lot closer than the score line reads)
We are picking Ireland to be the team ‘alive’ at this stage to face Wales, in what is going to see the two best Northern Hemisphere teams slug it out at the International Stadium Yokohama. We think this match has the possibility to have more intensity and drama than the final, with both teams throwing everything at each other just to gain an inch. In what will be dubbed an instant classic match with the points low and defense ruling, it will come down to who will be able to hold their nerve the longest? A kick off the tee is going to determine who wins this and we feel that is going to come from Jonathan Sexton’s boot in ‘refs time’.
STH Live semi-final prediction:
Ireland 17 – 15 Wales
We are not entirely certain Wales will make it this far, but if they do, we are going to see a surge of morale behind Alun Wyn Jones’ squad like never before. If there is a year to flip the script, with a chance at being undefeated in the calendar year, grand slam winners, holders of the most consecutive wins and the ‘crème de la crème’ Rugby World Cup 2019 winners then this is it, but it is far from a safe prediction. At this stage, the hypothetical belief in Wales is being stretched to its limit, but if Wales make it to the final, we have zero doubt they will be able to win. At this stage, it is most likely they will face defending champions New Zealand.
We are not going to make a prediction for the final but would instead love to know what you think. If Wales gets past their first major roadblock of Argentina, do they have a chance to upset Ireland and take out world number one New Zealand in the finals? On the other hand, are they going to stumble against their old rivals Fiji and be stuck in their pool? Whatever the case, STH Live can ensure you have the best seats available at all of the biggest Rugby World Cup matches. You have to be there to bask in the passion, excitement and unity that only a Rugby World Cup can provide.