Australia faces Uruguay at the Oita Prefecture Stadium this Saturday in a game that will be pivotal for both team’s chances of making it past the pool stages.
For the Aussies, the recent defeat to Wales would have been a dispiriting one, despite the resulting win over Fiji. But, our Australia vs Uruguay predictions are still expecting Michael Cheika’s men to continue their winning ways this weekend.
Which, unfortunately, does not bode well for the Uruguyuans who have struggled to remain cohesive defensively in the early stages of the competition.
Indeed, a win for the Aussies here could make pool D all the more interesting. And it’s a game that the Welsh will have eyes on too.
Why not read our 2019 Rugby World Cup predictions to find out how we expect both sides to fair in this tournament?
Now, without further ado…
Australia vs Uruguay Predictions
It seems as if the Uruguyuans will be facing this weekend’s opponents at the wrong time.
Indeed, the Aussies were unlucky to lose out to their fellow pool D table-toppers Wales to a 25-29 scoreline.
But the following performance against Fiji saw Cheika’s men display their best performance of the tournament.
True, there were fears that the Aussies would be facing their first loss to Fiji since 1954.
But, four second-half tries earned them the points, despite being pegged back early in the second half. Tolu Latu’s inspiring brace followed by Samu Kerevi and Marika Koroibete tries confirmed the two-time World Cup winners the points.
It was an inspired performance by the Aussies, fuelled by their defeat to the Welsh. And the attacking spells that Australia did showcase in that match could be the end of Uruguay’s World Cup campaign if we see a similar performance this weekend by the men from down under.
Unfortunately, Los Teros haven’t shown much in the way of a robust defence. And it’s that fatal flaw that our Australia vs Uruguay predictions see as their downfall this Saturday.
Against Georgia, they conceded as early as eight minutes into the game. And it was all too easy for an Alexander Todua-led attack to do so. From there on, Otari Giorgadze, Levan Chilachava, and Jaba Bregvadze piled on the points to put the game to bed.
Yet, aside from their defensive instability, the Uruguayans also became reckless in their desperation to counter.
So much so that referee Wayne Barnes had no choice but to dismiss Facundo Gattas for a no-arms tackle on Shalva Sutiashvili.
All the evidence suggests two conclusions: the Australians have the attacking scrum power to penetrate Esteban Meneses’ defensive line, and they’ll be able to frustrate Los Teros long enough for them to self-capitulate.
Australia vs Uruguay Head To Head
The fact that this Saturday’s opponents have only met on one previous occasion further justifies our Australia vs Uruguay predictions.
And that particular matchup was also at a Rugby World Cup – the 2015 edition to be exact. Indeed, in a game that ended overwhelmingly in the Aussie’s favour (they ran out as 65-3 winners), there is every chance that this weekend’s game could end in a similar fashion.
Add in the fact that Cheika’s men will be facing a heavily rotated opponent makes it all the more feasible.
Australia Team News
The Aussies may be betting favourites, but the team news isn’t all that positive.
For starters, they’ll be without winger Reece Hodge, who has been banned for three games after having been adjudged to have made a dangerous tackle on the Fijian Peceli Yato.
Surprisingly, the Australian escaped without any punishment on the field. His admonishment was to come later, off the field in the form of an independent disciplinary committee who confirmed that Hodge should have received a red card.
But the suspension does finish on October 11th. So, while the winger may miss this weekend’s game and the two following matches, he will be eligible to play in the quarter-final, should Australia make it past the group stages.
Meanwhile, outside of that debacle, Jordan Petaia will make his test debut for the Aussies. Alongside him, captain Michael Hooper will play his third game of the tournament in a reshuffled back-row combo.
Yet it’s the absence of Hodge that our Australia vs Uruguay predictions wager could come back to haunt the Aussies.
Uruguay Team News
For the Los Teros, this Saturday could see lineup rotation feature.
Especially since Meneses’s men played two quick games in succession without making wholesale changes as other teams did.
The likes of Felipe Berchesi and Juan Manuel Gaminara could well be rested in for fresher legs. But whether that compromises the Uruguyuan’s attack is another question altogether.
Australia vs Uruguay Betting Tips
In line with our Australia vs Uruguay predictions, the betting tipsters have also swayed in the favour of another win for Cheika and co.
Indeed, the odds about a victory in our Australia vs Uruguay match bets are operating as a 1/100 pick.
Sure, the chances of a draw are a little more unpredictable, wagering as a 31/2 tip. But wagering as 89/1 underdogs, it looks as if the Uruguyuans are in for a shock defeat themselves.