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The Rugby World Cup is super! Bringing the best of emotions and zest. The tournament is halfway already. Things are beginning to heat up in several of the pools. Argentina with a convincing victory over Chile, while Georgia failed to stop the impressive Fiji. It’s time for South Africa–can they do the same on Sunday against Tonga? And what about Portugal? Can their stars put up an impressive performance against Australia?
We break down all of today’s matches, detailing the schedule of every fixture and previewing each clash ahead of the first game kicking off this Saturday.
Today’s matches and schedule – Rugby World Cup 01/10/2023
Here’s an overview of the matches occurring at the Rugby World Cup today, with two clashes taking place across France on Sunday, 01/10/2023:
Australia vs Portugal, Time: 15:45 GMT, Venue: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
South Africa vs Tonga, Time: 19:00 GMT, Venue: Stade Vélodrome
With both of these clashes potentially impacting this Rugby World Cup, neither of these games will be missed this Sunday. Here’s a closer look at each of today’s matches.
Australia vs Portugal – pool C
In pool C, Australia are third with just three points. At the same time, Portugal trails beneath the pool with just two points and one outstanding match. Nonetheless, both teams can still dream. Teams would look to close the gap, as a victory can ignite hope, while a defeat will shut the door on the 2023 Rugby World Cup campaign.
This is shaping up to be a juicy encounter. Australia have played three matches, winning just one, while Portugal are yet to record their first win of the campaign.
Expect both sides to give their best. This is to be hard-fought, and Australia might be too cynical for Portugal. However, anyone can emerge victorious on Sunday. According to analyst this could be a 50/50 encounter. For more information you could check out our predictions.
South Africa vs Tonga –pool B
Speaking of fascinating matches, this is it. With Tonga losing all their matches, they take on South Africa in a do-or-die clash at Stade Vélodrome. Lose, and their campaign is over with a game in hand. Win, and the calculators come out, as each of the bottom two Pool B teams has zero points.
This is one of the tricky matches to call in the tournament so far, but South Africa has looked the better side on balance this World Cup. So far, they’ve secured two wins already. In contrast, Tonga are yet to record their first win.
Expect this match to be entertaining as well. The two have met twice, South Africa winning all two of them. Tonga will know they require a big win here to boost their morale, so there’s every chance they’ll come out playing risky rugby to score tries–opening up opportunities at both ends of the field for points.
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