Rugby World Cup

News and discussion about the Rugby World Cup

30/10 22:00 Bronze Final: South Africa v Argentina (Olympic Stadium)


Rob (Ou Grote): South Africa by 3
James (Ou Grote): South Africa by 11
Sportingbet: South Africa
Bet.coza: South Africa
Sportsbet: South Africa

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Did you know that major sporting events – including the Olympics, Ashes and World Cups – can coincide with movement across indices, currencies, stocks and more? The team at IG looked at what we can expect from this year’s World Cup when it comes to market impact.

It turns out that there are huge benefits for sponsors, currencies and indices. Last year, Coca-Cola’s sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup coincided with some impressive increases in its share price. The jubilation of a sought-after cup victory – or disappointment of a missed opportunity – can affect traders as well as players and fans. England’s rugby world cup victory came in 2003, and coincided with a major rally for the FTSE and the pound.

Many of us experienced the sense of optimism that followed South Africa’s victories in the 1995 and 2007 world cups, as well as the excitement of hosting the 2010 soccer world cup.

IG analysts Travis Robson, Leigh Riley and Shaun Murison provide insightful answers to the question “Which markets might be affected by the rugby world cup?” They also look at the following:

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  • Who do you want to win the rugby world cup and who do you think will win?
  • Which markets/companies do you think will benefit most if South Africa win this year?

South African companies that will be positively impacted include SABMiller (a lot of beer will be drunk), local retailers like Woolworths, Pick n Pay, Shoprite (from all the braais), as well as Clicks, Dis-Chem and pharmacare/pharmaceutical stocks (to deal with the inevitable hangovers). A lot of these companies will benefit from a stronger pound as they earn offshore revenue.

When it comes to investing, it’s worth paying extra attention to the sponsors during upcoming sporting events.

The Back Three [6.5]

15. Willie le Roux [6]

Rugby365: 6/10
Was caught out of position a few times, his kicking also left a lot to be desired and he missed a couple of tackles. However, he made plenty of good metres with ball in hand.

Sport24: 5/10
This was a decided off-day for the mercurial character, although he showed ticker for his perseverance that led to some improvement as the game wore on – including one snaking burst that troubled the Welsh defence. Generally blunder-prone, though, including misjudgement of a high ball that led to try against Boks in first quarter when the No 15 was at his shakiest. Some innocuous kicking.

Daily Mail UK: 7/10
Unimpressive first-half display but settled more into match as it progressed with sharp running.

Telegraph UK: 6/10
Left all at sea both positionally and in the aerial battle by Biggar for Davies’s try. One nice break in the second half but no fireworks.

OuGrote: 5/10

14. JP Pietersen [6.5]

Rugby365: 7/10
His workrate was phenomenal, especially on defence. Was not bad with ball in hand either or chasing kicks, also making all his tackles.

Sport24: 6.5/10
One brilliant aerial win in a fierce one-on-one, and looked fairly dangerous on the relatively few opportunities he had to gallop into space. Some rock-like defence.

Daily Mail UK: 7/10
Sharp and dangerous throughout and unfortunate not to get bounce of ball.

Telegraph UK: 6/10
Barely employed in an attacking capacity, yet that was not his fault given South Africa’s restricted gameplan. Just about kept North under wraps.

OuGrote: 6/10

11. Bryan Habana [7]

Rugby365: 6/10
Won a crucial break-down penalty on his own 22 and was rock solid on defence. Not many chances with ball in hand.

Sport24: 8/10
Still waiting to nudge ahead of Jonah Lomu for most RWC tries, but heck, it wasn’t for any lack of effort! At least two turnovers when Boks under cosh, and always competing, harrying, hustling. Heart-and-soul performance.

Daily Mail UK: 6/10
Didn’t see much of the ball in broken field where most dangerous but always a threat.

Telegraph UK: 7/10
Even when he does not stamp his mark in attack, he still has an influence on the game winning a first-half turnover won turnover.

OuGrote: 7/10


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31/10 18:00 RWC Final: New Zealand v Australia (Twickeham)


Rob (Ou Grote): New Zealand by 5
James (Ou Grote): New Zealand by 7
Sportingbet: New Zealand
Bet.coza: New Zealand
Sportsbet: New Zealand

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10/10 34 Samoa v Scotland (15:30SA 14:30UK St James Park Newcastle upon Tyne Pool B)


Rob (Ou Grote): Scotland by 9
James (Ou Grote): Scotland by 11
Sportingbet: Scotland
Bet.coza: Scotland
Sportsbet: Scotland
Ultimate Rugby Fans: 68% Scotland
Gary Lemke: Scotland by 12
Mark Keohane: Scotland by 10
Simon Borchardt: Scotland by 14
Jon Cardinelli: Scotland by 12
The Money Man: Scotland by 20
Craig Lewis: Scotland by 8

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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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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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25/10 18:00 Argentina v Australia (Twickenham)


Rob (Ou Grote): Australia by 7
James (Ou Grote): Australia by 5
Sportingbet: Australia
Bet.coza: Australia
Sportsbet: Australia
Jon Cardinelli: Wallabies by 7
Simon Borchardt: Wallabies by 5
Gary Lemke: Wallabies by 7
Craig Lewis: Wallabies by 10
Mark Keohane: Wallabies by 12


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