06/10 29 Canada v Romania (17:45SA 16:45UK Leicester City Stadium Leicester Pool D)


Rob (Ou Grote): Canada by 9
James (Ou Grote): Canada by 14
Sportingbet: Canada
Bet.coza: Canada
Sportsbet: Canada
Ultimate Rugby Fans: 84% Canada
Jon Cardinelli: Canada by 7
Simon Borchardt: Romania by 5
The Money Man: Canada by 6
Mark Keohane: Canada by 5
Craig Lewis: Canada by 5

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Fourie du Preez has become the 56th Springbok Captain. Here is the full list dating back to 1891

01. H.H. Castens – 1891
02. Bob Sneddon – 1891
03. Alf Richards – 1891
04. Ferdie Aston – 1896
05. Fairy Heatlie – 1896

06. Alex Frew – 1903
07. Jackie Powell – 1903
08. Paddy Carolin – 1906
09. Paul Roos – 1906

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02/10 18h00 Lions v Western Province (Joburg)

Rob (Ou Grote): Lions by 12
James (Ou Grote): Lions by 6
Sportingbet: Lions
Bet.coza: Lions
Sportsbet: Lions
Ultimate Rugby Fans: 61% Lions

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01/10 21 Wales v Fiji (17:45SA 16:45UK Millennium Stadium Cardiff Pool A)


Rob (Ou Grote): Wales by 9
James (Ou Grote): Wales by 11
Sportingbet: Wales
Bet.coza: Wales
Sportsbet: Wales
Ultimate Rugby Fans: 72% Wales
Gary Lemke: Wales by 13
Jon Cardinelli: Wales by 10
The Money Man: Wales by 12
Craig Lewis: Wales by 12
Simon Borchardt: Wales by 12

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Springbok captain Jean de Villiers today announced his retirement from international rugby.

“When I got injured yesterday and I left the field, I knew that I had played my last Test for South Africa. Injuries are part of rugby and I’ve had my fair share, so by now I know how to cope with them. It’s very sad, but life goes on – I need to take it all in and move forward.

“The last time I got injured in a World Cup match and had to go home, was in 2007, also against Samoa and that finished well for the Boks, so hopefully it will happen again.

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The Back Three [8.5]
Set the game alight, with each player bringing their special powers to the mix: Willie (creating chances), Bryan (looking for work), and JPP (finishing).

15. Willie le Roux [7.5]

Rugby365: 8/10
Joined the backline with speed and made more running metres than any other player on the field. His ability to be unpredictable tested the Samoan defence throughout the game.

Sport24: 7/10
Sound outing, after welcome recall. Generally kicked well when required to do so in first half, and showed his slippery qualities on attack when Boks opened up as game progressed. Came within whisker of at least two tries.

OuGrote: 7.5/10
Injected much-needed spark into the Bok attack and created plenty of chances for his team-mates with his elusive running and solid kicking game.

14. JP Pietersen [9]

Rugby365: 9/10
Scored three tries and showed glimpses of his younger self. Definitely one of his best games in a Springbok jersey in years.

Sport24: 8/10
Flirted with yellow card after silly high challenge on Alesana Tuilagi, but otherwise a revelation after lean international spell. Settled Bok nerves with brilliantly-read intercept score, then showed sublime handling and other skills. Predatory qualities of old suddenly flooded back.

OuGrote: 9/10
He always seems to do well at World Cups and today he was back to his very best form, scoring a hat-trick with superb handling and finishing skills on display.

11. Bryan Habana [8]

Rugby365: 8/10
Consistently looked for work all over the park and beat a number of defenders during the game. He also got on the scoreboard with a great try.

Sport24: 7/10
Showed praiseworthy zest and gumption in always trying to exploit the most minor of space. Rewarded for durability with handsome, tearaway final try for Boks in 83rd minute.

OuGrote: 8/10
Exceptional workrate, popping up and contributing strongly all over the field. Even got involving in the maul that lead to Schalk Brits’ try. Scored a well-deserved try of his own to take his total in internationals to 60.

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26/09 14 Italy v Canada (15:30SA 14:30UK Elland Road Leeds Pool D)


Rob (Ou Grote): Italy by 9
James (Ou Grote): Italy by 7
Sportingbet: Italy
Bet.coza: Italy
Sportsbet: Italy
Ultimate Rugby Fans: 80% Italy
Jon Cardinelli: Italy by 15
Simon Borchardt: Italy by 12
Gary Lemke: Italy by 12
Mark Keohane: Italy by 10

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