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South Africa vs Ireland 23/09/2023 – Betting Tips

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South Africa vs Ireland 23/09/2023 – Betting Tips

Test rugby’s top-ranked nation clash with the reigning champions on Saturday evening in a blockbuster Rugby World Cup match in Paris.

Match Details

  • Venue: Stade de France
  • Date & Time: Sat 23/09/2023, 20:00(BST)

South Africa vs Ireland 23/09/2023 – Preview

Ireland go into the pivotal Pool B appointment on a 15-match winning streak, including turning over the All Blacks on enemy territory and a Dublin success over the Springboks in November.

Andy Farrell’s men are viewed as slight underdogs for the Stade de France showdown, but they have the chance to qualify for the quarter-finals with a game to spare following crushing bonus-point victories over Romania and Tonga.

They have won 27 of their last 29 Test matches stretching back to the 2021 Six Nations, with head coach Farrell openly embracing adversity throughout his reign.

Ireland will look to kick short and in-field to try to turn the big South African pack and bring wingers Mack Hansen and James Lowe into the game. Hansen is our tip to get the first try in the match.

For the unqualified win Ireland are worth taking in an accumulator. The Irish have never been so familiar with the South African game and all but the most overwhelmingly dominant display of power from the Springboks will stop Ireland remaining world No 1s with the victory.

Among the Springboks, Bongi Mbonambi is the man most likely to cross the line first as the usual ball carrier in the South African maul.

Ireland will want to keep their passes short and sharp and away from the hands of intercept expert Kurt-Lee Arendse. Arendse has already made some of the game’s slickest handlers look foolish with his great reads.

The Springboks’ familiarity with referee Ben O’Keeffe might prove a challenge for Ireland and they could also end up with the higher penalty count when all is said and done.

However, the Springboks’ wayward goalkicking could just wipe out any advantage they might gain on the scoreboard, and you won’t get long odds-on Manie Libbok missing off the tee.

South Africa vs Ireland – Suggested bets

  • Mack Hansen to score first try
  • Bongi Mbonambi anytime tryscorer
  • Total cards over 1.5

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