Simon Mail previews Sunday's World Cup action with New Zealand taking on Namibia and France facing Tonga...
"This match should provide New Zealand's backline with plenty of scoring opportunities and George Bridge can add to his exceptional record. The All Blacks wing has scored eight tries in just six matches including one in the win against South Africa."
New Zealand v Namibia
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All Blacks expected to rout opponents
New Zealand have made a ruthless start to their World Cup defence and the champions will again take some stopping. The All Blacks have won their last 16 matches in the competition and are on course to top their pool after their opening victory against South Africa. New Zealand followed this up by scoring nine tries in a 63-0 thrashing of Canada.
Coach Steve Hansen has made 12 changes to their team following the short turnaround from Wednesday's victory. Second row Brodie Retallick makes a welcome return to action after being out since July after dislocating shoulder. With Richie Mo'unga and Beauden Barrett rested, Jordie Barrett will play at fly-half for the first time in his international career.
Namibia have endured a tough start to the competition and another heavy defeat is likely against New Zealand in Tokyo. In their opening match, Namibia were beaten 47-22 by Italy in Osaka. Their second game was even more punishing with Phil Davies' side conceding nine tries during a 57-3 defeat against the Springboks.
New Zealand should romp to a convincing win although the handicap mark has been set at a challenging 70 points. In their only previous game against Namibia at the last World Cup, the All Blacks won 58-14. New Zealand may find it difficult to win by the handicap margin and it is worth looking at the tryscorer market for a bet.
This match should provide New Zealand's backline with plenty of scoring opportunities and George Bridge can add to his exceptional record. The All Blacks wing has scored eight tries in just six matches including one in the win against South Africa. Prolific finisher Bridge is worth backing to score at least two tries in a one-sided New Zealand victory.
France v Tonga
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France should win to set up England decider
France may have won their first two matches at the World Cup but their team have switched from sublime to shocking within both games. Jacques Brunel's side dominated early on against Argentina before almost throwing away the match in their 23-21 win. France were very poor for much of their game against the USA before pulling away late on to claim a flattering 33-9 win which keeps them in touch with England.
Tonga were handed a difficult opener in Japan against England and although they were outclassed, battled gamely in their 35-3 defeat. In their second game, Tonga were overwhelmed in the first half of their 28-12 defeat to Argentina. To their credit, they kept the Pumas scoreless after the break but the damage was already done.
France will not forget their shock defeat to Tonga eight years ago in the World Cup which should prevent complacency for the favourites but covering a 25-point handicap looks a stretch. Instead powerful wing Alivereti Raka looks a strong each way first tryscorer bet. Raka has scored two tries in three matches and opened the scoring, after just one minute of his debut, in France's warm-up win against Scotland.
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