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After an opening weekend which delivered all of the drama, excitement, controversy, passion, joy and heartache that you expect from a Rugby World Cup, it is finally time for Samoa to commence their tournament, while Chile have a mountain to climb to get a result in their first ever tournament.
Samoa vs Chile match predictions
With this interesting match about to take place, let’s take a closer look at this game and some of our top Rugby World Cup predictions for it.
Prediction 1: Samoa to win @ 1/150
The Samoans are a stronger outfit than has attended the last few World Cups as they been bolstered by a host of players benefitting from the new World Rugby eligibility rules, meaning Sopoaga, Lamositele, Faumuina, Luatua and Leali’ifano are all eligible after previously representing other nations.
Samoa won the Pacific Nations Cup earlier this year and ran Ireland to the wire in the warm-ups, losing just 17-13. We all love an underdog story but sadly this will be a step too far for Chile and the odds reflect their daunting task, not much money back for your bet.
Prediction 2: Samoa by 36-40 @ 6/1 (7.00)
Japan looked like a disjointed and undercooked team when they faced Chile and still racked up a 33-point winning margin. Make no mistake that Samoa are a fluent and elite attacking side with offensive threats all across their squad.
Although Chile will fight hard and get on the scoresheet as they did against Japan, expect Samoa to stretch their lead to at least 36 points.
An easy job for Samoa against the South Americans?
We provided you with our predictions for this game, now we will take a look at both teams in more detail:
Samoa sat out the first weekend, quietly observing and itching to be part of the action as other World Cup results poured in. Now they will get their chance against the lowest ranked team at the tournament, the passionate and heart-filled, Los Condores, who qualified for the World Cup by sensationally eliminating perennial World Cup contenders, USA, over a two-leg knockout match. Samoa have aspirations of making their first ever Rugby World Cup quarter-final and need all five available pool-stage points to do so.
Samoa last five
- Ireland 17-13 Samoa
- Samoa 34-9 Tonga
- Fiji 33-19 Samoa
- Samoa 24-22 Japan
- Romania 0-22 Samoa
Chile made their Rugby World Cup debut last Sunday with a promising but ultimately crushing 42-12 loss to Japan in which they scored the first try and showed signs of being the better side. So, if Chile could somehow find a way to win against Samoa, it would be one of the biggest World Cup upsets of all time.
Chile last five:
- Japan 42-12 Chile
- Argentina XV 28-26 Chile
- Chile 26-28 Namibia
- Chile 13-40 Argentina XV
- Uruguay 26-25 Chile
Samoa vs Chile head to head
Bizarrely, these two teams have never met before in an international match, Chile are newcomers at the World Cup and have never met Samoa in a World Cup qualifier, meaning this weekend’s event will be the first ever meeting between these two proud nations.
- Date and Time: Sunday 16th September, 14:00 GMT
- Venue: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
- How to watch in the UK: ITV X will broadcast this game and you can watch rugby World Cup games on this channel.
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